Tag: Peter Ubel

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April 21, 2014

People in the US Are Footing the Bill for Switzerland’s Medical Care

People have criticized The Affordable Care Act for amounting to a large transfer of wealth, from wealthy Americans to those not as well off. But the real transfer of wealth has been from United States to other developed nations, whose … Continue reading
April 18, 2014

Life before Anesthesia

  This is how Fanny Burney described the mastectomy she received in 1811, a long time before effective anesthesia was available: I mounted, therefore, unbidden, the bed stead. When the dreadful steel was plunged into the breast – cutting through … Continue reading
April 16, 2014

Have I Officially Become an Economist Now?

In a recent Huffington Post article, I was described as a Duke University economist. I’m sure the economic community would like to make very clear that I am not one of its members. The same goes for most communities, as … Continue reading
April 15, 2014

Look How Much Medicare Spends after Patients Leave the Hospital

As readers of this blog know, Medicare costs loom large in our nation’s future. If we do not find a way to control Medicare spending, it’s hard to imagine any way to remain a solvent nation. As we continue to … Continue reading
April 14, 2014

On Parenting Adam Lanza, the Sandy Hook Shooter

Andrew Solomon wrote a wonderful article in the New Yorker recently about Adam Lanza’s father and his search for answers to his son’s awful behavior. The piece included a quote I thought I would share with you today: All parenting … Continue reading
April 11, 2014

Want More Proof That Correlation Is Overrated?

And if that isn’t good enough? End of topic!  Click to view comments  
April 10, 2014

Has Obamacare Made Restaurants Partisan?

Politics in the US is discouragingly partisan. National politics has become increasingly partisan since at least the late ’60s, when the passage of civil rights legislation influenced many conservative southern Democrats to join the Republican Party. Even state politics has become more … Continue reading
April 8, 2014


I recently reread a very informative New Yorker article by Ryan Lizza, called the Obama memos. I have assigned the article to my undergraduate health policy class, to help them understand the political climate surrounding the passage of The Affordable … Continue reading
April 7, 2014

Calorie Counts on… Stairs? Interesting Nudge

Just came across an interesting way to try to motivate people to exert themselves: post calories-burned-counts on the stairs. Would that work for you?  For me, it would probably make me look down while walking up, only to trip, fall … Continue reading
April 4, 2014

A Reminder That Correlation Does Not Equal Causation

I think this picture just about covers it: Click to view comments

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