Bioethics.net » Health Policy & Insurance http://www.bioethics.net Where the World Finds Bioethics Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:15:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Guatemala may weigh softer drug punishments in liberalization push http://www.bioethics.net/news/guatemala-may-weigh-softer-drug-punishments-in-liberalization-push/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/guatemala-may-weigh-softer-drug-punishments-in-liberalization-push/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 20:45:42 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52780 http://www.bioethics.net/news/guatemala-may-weigh-softer-drug-punishments-in-liberalization-push/feed/ 0 Wal-Mart raises healthcare costs, cuts benefits for some part-timers http://www.bioethics.net/news/wal-mart-raises-healthcare-costs-cuts-benefits-for-some-part-timers/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/wal-mart-raises-healthcare-costs-cuts-benefits-for-some-part-timers/#comments Wed, 08 Oct 2014 18:14:47 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52709 http://www.bioethics.net/news/wal-mart-raises-healthcare-costs-cuts-benefits-for-some-part-timers/feed/ 0 HHS: Health law will lead to big drop in free hospital care http://www.bioethics.net/news/hhs-health-law-will-lead-to-big-drop-in-free-hospital-care/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/hhs-health-law-will-lead-to-big-drop-in-free-hospital-care/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 20:50:10 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52603 http://www.bioethics.net/news/hhs-health-law-will-lead-to-big-drop-in-free-hospital-care/feed/ 0 A simple change? The IOM Report on “Dying in America” http://www.bioethics.net/2014/09/a-simple-change-the-iom-report-on-dying-in-america/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/09/a-simple-change-the-iom-report-on-dying-in-america/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:15:42 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=52526 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Say there was a simple change that could be made to the health care system that would reduce cost, reduce demand, increase patient’s quality of life and satisfaction, address the whole patient and not just the disease, improve care coordination, and increase patient autonomy. All of this is possible, but it requires addressing the problem that in America we do not die as we want to.

This week the Institute of Medicine released its latest report,  Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life.…

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Health Reform Watch: Study finds fewer deaths after MA health reform http://www.bioethics.net/news/health-reform-watch-study-finds-fewer-deaths-after-ma-health-reform/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/health-reform-watch-study-finds-fewer-deaths-after-ma-health-reform/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 18:54:17 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52477 http://www.bioethics.net/news/health-reform-watch-study-finds-fewer-deaths-after-ma-health-reform/feed/ 0 Top U.S. health adviser wants end to partisan fighting over Obamacare http://www.bioethics.net/news/top-u-s-health-adviser-wants-end-to-partisan-fighting-over-obamacare/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/top-u-s-health-adviser-wants-end-to-partisan-fighting-over-obamacare/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 22:47:02 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52474 http://www.bioethics.net/news/top-u-s-health-adviser-wants-end-to-partisan-fighting-over-obamacare/feed/ 0 Teen Cancer Survivor Needs New Teeth, Insurance Company Refuses to Pay http://www.bioethics.net/news/teen-cancer-survivor-needs-new-teeth-insurance-company-refuses-to-pay/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/teen-cancer-survivor-needs-new-teeth-insurance-company-refuses-to-pay/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:14:42 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52174 http://www.bioethics.net/news/teen-cancer-survivor-needs-new-teeth-insurance-company-refuses-to-pay/feed/ 0 Calif. Considers Bilingual Drug Labels http://www.bioethics.net/news/calif-considers-bilingual-drug-labels/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/calif-considers-bilingual-drug-labels/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:10:18 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52173 http://www.bioethics.net/news/calif-considers-bilingual-drug-labels/feed/ 0 Abuse of U.S. generic-drug rules costs billions -report http://www.bioethics.net/news/abuse-of-u-s-generic-drug-rules-costs-billions-report/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/abuse-of-u-s-generic-drug-rules-costs-billions-report/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:21:18 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52110 http://www.bioethics.net/news/abuse-of-u-s-generic-drug-rules-costs-billions-report/feed/ 0 Time to Divorce Health Insurance & Employment http://www.bioethics.net/2014/07/time-to-divorce-health-insurance-employment/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/07/time-to-divorce-health-insurance-employment/#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2014 05:07:31 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=52010 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

In my last blog, I talked about ideologically-backed corporate control of health care choices as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision. That piece has led to several conversations this past week, many of which have revolved around the question of how to fix the problem of employer theology limiting or curtailing choices, because nearly half of all people in the U.S. have health insurance through their employer.

The result of these conversations is a consensus that there are two health policy moves that can be made: Changing a law and changing a system.…

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NY insurer to pay up to $31 million for denied mental health claims http://www.bioethics.net/news/ny-insurer-to-pay-up-to-31-million-for-denied-mental-health-claims/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/ny-insurer-to-pay-up-to-31-million-for-denied-mental-health-claims/#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:05:02 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52005 http://www.bioethics.net/news/ny-insurer-to-pay-up-to-31-million-for-denied-mental-health-claims/feed/ 0 U.S. Democrats aim to turn contraception into campaign drive http://www.bioethics.net/news/u-s-democrats-aim-to-turn-contraception-into-campaign-drive/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/u-s-democrats-aim-to-turn-contraception-into-campaign-drive/#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:15:24 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52007 http://www.bioethics.net/news/u-s-democrats-aim-to-turn-contraception-into-campaign-drive/feed/ 0 Insured young cancer patients fare better, live longer: study http://www.bioethics.net/news/insured-young-cancer-patients-fare-better-live-longer-study/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/insured-young-cancer-patients-fare-better-live-longer-study/#comments Tue, 03 Jun 2014 00:04:20 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=51716 http://www.bioethics.net/news/insured-young-cancer-patients-fare-better-live-longer-study/feed/ 0 House Committee Votes to Allow Schools to Opt Out of Nutritional Program http://www.bioethics.net/news/house-committee-votes-to-allow-schools-to-opt-out-of-nutritional-program/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/house-committee-votes-to-allow-schools-to-opt-out-of-nutritional-program/#comments Thu, 29 May 2014 19:51:32 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=51678 http://www.bioethics.net/news/house-committee-votes-to-allow-schools-to-opt-out-of-nutritional-program/feed/ 0 Deaths fell after Massachusetts healthcare overhaul: study http://www.bioethics.net/news/deaths-fell-after-massachusetts-healthcare-overhaul-study/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/deaths-fell-after-massachusetts-healthcare-overhaul-study/#comments Mon, 05 May 2014 22:44:51 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=51505 http://www.bioethics.net/news/deaths-fell-after-massachusetts-healthcare-overhaul-study/feed/ 0 Panel Says No to Medicare Coverage for Lung Cancer Screening http://www.bioethics.net/news/panel-says-no-to-medicare-coverage-for-lung-cancer-screening/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/panel-says-no-to-medicare-coverage-for-lung-cancer-screening/#comments Thu, 01 May 2014 17:03:42 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=51468 http://www.bioethics.net/news/panel-says-no-to-medicare-coverage-for-lung-cancer-screening/feed/ 0 Senator Advances Bill To Pay Medicare Beneficiaries to Register Advance Directives http://www.bioethics.net/2014/04/senator-advances-bill-to-pay-medicare-beneficiaries-to-register-advance-directives/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/04/senator-advances-bill-to-pay-medicare-beneficiaries-to-register-advance-directives/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:56:52 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=51397 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

U.S. Senators Tom Coburn (R-OK) along with Senators Christopher Coons (D-DE) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced a bill to the U.S. Senate (S. 224) that would “encourage Medicare beneficiaries to voluntarily adopt advance directives guiding the medical care they receive.”  The regulations for this bill are to be created by a broad group of stakeholders.

Specifically, the bill would:

(a) Establish an Advance Directive Certification Program
(b) Accredit vendors of online and written stored advance directives
(c)  Provide an incentive for completing an advance directive.…

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My Neighborhood Makes It Easier to Get Pregnant Than To Go To College http://www.bioethics.net/news/my-neighborhood-makes-it-easier-to-get-pregnant-than-to-go-to-college/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/my-neighborhood-makes-it-easier-to-get-pregnant-than-to-go-to-college/#comments Thu, 20 Mar 2014 17:43:01 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=50916 http://www.bioethics.net/news/my-neighborhood-makes-it-easier-to-get-pregnant-than-to-go-to-college/feed/ 0 Unusual Iowa abortion rule has surprising result http://www.bioethics.net/news/unusual-iowa-abortion-rule-has-surprising-result/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/unusual-iowa-abortion-rule-has-surprising-result/#comments Fri, 21 Feb 2014 19:40:29 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=50656 http://www.bioethics.net/news/unusual-iowa-abortion-rule-has-surprising-result/feed/ 0 Insured patients are often not transferred for better care, study finds http://www.bioethics.net/news/insured-patients-are-often-not-transferred-for-better-care-study-finds/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/insured-patients-are-often-not-transferred-for-better-care-study-finds/#comments Thu, 20 Feb 2014 22:45:32 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=50638 http://www.bioethics.net/news/insured-patients-are-often-not-transferred-for-better-care-study-finds/feed/ 0 Freedom for the corporation, religious servitude for the individual http://www.bioethics.net/2014/02/freedom-for-the-corporation-religious-servitude-for-the-individual/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/02/freedom-for-the-corporation-religious-servitude-for-the-individual/#comments Tue, 18 Feb 2014 07:16:49 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=50602 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Many women in this country gained insurance coverage for their contraceptive costs under the controversial Affordable Care Act (ACA). One of the many challenges that have been levied against this law is the so-called contraceptive mandate, a requirement that all employer-sponsored plans cover the costs of contraceptives.

When it was announced, this mandate caused uproar from religious communities that believe contraception is immoral. In response, the Obama Administration altered the ACA to exempt health plans sponsored by religious employers, mostly houses of worship, from using their funds to pay for contraception.…

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Did AOL CEO Tim Armstrong Violate HIPAA? http://www.bioethics.net/news/did-aol-ceo-tim-armstrong-violate-hipaa/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/did-aol-ceo-tim-armstrong-violate-hipaa/#comments Wed, 12 Feb 2014 00:38:02 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=50554 http://www.bioethics.net/news/did-aol-ceo-tim-armstrong-violate-hipaa/feed/ 0 New rule allows patients to get test results directly from labs, without doctors’ clearance http://www.bioethics.net/news/new-rule-allows-patients-to-get-test-results-directly-from-labs-without-doctors-clearance/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/new-rule-allows-patients-to-get-test-results-directly-from-labs-without-doctors-clearance/#comments Wed, 05 Feb 2014 23:30:56 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=50483 http://www.bioethics.net/news/new-rule-allows-patients-to-get-test-results-directly-from-labs-without-doctors-clearance/feed/ 0 Obama: Marijuana No More Dangerous Than Alcohol http://www.bioethics.net/news/obama-marijuana-no-more-dangerous-than-alcohol/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/obama-marijuana-no-more-dangerous-than-alcohol/#comments Tue, 21 Jan 2014 18:01:30 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=50293 http://www.bioethics.net/news/obama-marijuana-no-more-dangerous-than-alcohol/feed/ 0 The Year in Bioethics That Was http://www.bioethics.net/2014/01/the-year-in-bioethics-that-was/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/01/the-year-in-bioethics-that-was/#comments Wed, 01 Jan 2014 21:05:33 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=50059 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Happy New Year. The ending of one year and the beginning of another is often a time for reflection, for reviewing the year that has passed and for making plans/predictions for the year to come. 2013 was the first full year of the re-launch of the bioethics.net editor’s blog as well.

Ten bloggers in addition to myself worked for us this year and we are thankful for their contributions: Maurice Bernstein, Arthur Caplan, Jennifer Chevinsky, Nanette Elster, Ellen Fox, Jessica Jerome, David Magnus, Steven Miles, Kayhan Parsi, and Thaddeus Pope.…

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A Call to Physicians: To Do No Further Harm, or Ethical Practice as Just Distribution of Healthcare http://www.bioethics.net/2013/12/a-call-to-physicians-to-do-no-further-harm-or-ethical-practice-as-just-distribution-of-healthcare/ http://www.bioethics.net/2013/12/a-call-to-physicians-to-do-no-further-harm-or-ethical-practice-as-just-distribution-of-healthcare/#comments Thu, 19 Dec 2013 22:40:25 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=50036 Bandy X. Lee, M.D.

*Primum non nocere*, to first do no harm, is the unchanging foundation for Hippocratic medical ethics. Each generation must, nevertheless, redefine what “doing no harm” means for its time. As we are making historic transitions in healthcare in the U.S., now is such a time for our generation.

“Doing no harm” means first avoiding doing the most extreme harm—that is, violence. Meanwhile, it is important to note that our understanding of what constitutes violence has also been expanding: the multi-determined nature of violence, no matter the scale, point to causal dynamics beyond the immediately apparent.…

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FDA Finally Imposes Some Controls on Agricultural Antibiotics. Sort Of. http://www.bioethics.net/news/fda-finally-imposes-some-controls-on-agricultural-antibiotics-sort-of/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/fda-finally-imposes-some-controls-on-agricultural-antibiotics-sort-of/#comments Thu, 12 Dec 2013 00:13:01 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=50002 http://www.bioethics.net/news/fda-finally-imposes-some-controls-on-agricultural-antibiotics-sort-of/feed/ 0 Many Would Give Private Info to Health Insurers to Save Money http://www.bioethics.net/news/many-would-give-private-info-to-health-insurers-to-save-money/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/many-would-give-private-info-to-health-insurers-to-save-money/#comments Wed, 13 Nov 2013 21:32:59 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=49791 http://www.bioethics.net/news/many-would-give-private-info-to-health-insurers-to-save-money/feed/ 0 Report: Medicaid Expansion May Lower Prison Costs http://www.bioethics.net/news/report-medicaid-expansion-may-lower-prison-costs/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/report-medicaid-expansion-may-lower-prison-costs/#comments Tue, 29 Oct 2013 23:18:31 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=49639 http://www.bioethics.net/news/report-medicaid-expansion-may-lower-prison-costs/feed/ 0 Health Care for All in the Year 2154 http://www.bioethics.net/2013/10/health-care-for-all-in-the-year-2154/ http://www.bioethics.net/2013/10/health-care-for-all-in-the-year-2154/#comments Thu, 03 Oct 2013 22:03:21 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=49053 By Jessica Jerome, PhD

Imagine a world where the wealthy separate themselves off from everyone else, living in mansions with perfectly coiffed lawns, enjoying long and healthy lives of sedentary pleasure. Meanwhile the rest of the world lives in teeming, crumbling, violent cities, with few available resources and decrepit services. This is not planet Earth in the year 2013, but rather the setting of the new science-fiction film Elysium, directed by Neill Blomkamp.

In the film, the rich live in an idyllic space habitat called Elysium, while the poor are relegated to an overcrowded and post-apocalyptic Earth.…

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Health Exchanges Open for Business—With Glitches http://www.bioethics.net/news/health-exchanges-open-for-business-with-glitches/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/health-exchanges-open-for-business-with-glitches/#comments Wed, 02 Oct 2013 18:06:32 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=49034 http://www.bioethics.net/news/health-exchanges-open-for-business-with-glitches/feed/ 0 Why Calling Obamacare ‘Socialism’ Makes No Sense http://www.bioethics.net/news/why-calling-obamacare-socialism-makes-no-sense/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/why-calling-obamacare-socialism-makes-no-sense/#comments Tue, 01 Oct 2013 19:57:08 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=49027 http://www.bioethics.net/news/why-calling-obamacare-socialism-makes-no-sense/feed/ 0 Purchasing Health Insurance as a Civic Duty http://www.bioethics.net/2013/10/purchasing-health-insurance-as-a-civic-duty/ http://www.bioethics.net/2013/10/purchasing-health-insurance-as-a-civic-duty/#comments Tue, 01 Oct 2013 15:44:46 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=49014 by Kayhan Parsi, JD, PhD

Every fall, I co-teach a course on justice and health care.  In this course, my students and I discuss various theories of justice, examine different health systems, and reflect on what kind of society we live in.  When we come to the issue of health care reform in the United States, I try to impart a long, historical view.  I remind my students that attempts at providing universal health care access date back to the administration of Theodore Roosevelt over a century ago. …

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The Sky Is Falling: Health Exchanges and Government Shutdown http://www.bioethics.net/2013/09/the-sky-is-falling-health-exchanges-and-government-shutdown/ http://www.bioethics.net/2013/09/the-sky-is-falling-health-exchanges-and-government-shutdown/#comments Fri, 27 Sep 2013 20:48:25 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=48988 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

In case you have not heard, the world is going to end on Tuesday. Like the Y2K bug and Harold Camping’s prophecy of the rapture in May 2011, the political media is predicting the end of modern civilization on October 1, when the Affordable Care Act Health Exchanges begin a 6-month period of signing up participants. The insurance is active on January 1, 2014. Opponents of the law, critically labeled “Obamacare,” are so concerned about the coming apocalypse that they are have voted to repeal the ACA over 40 times and are willing to shut down the federal government.…

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Long-term care panel suggests cutting 3-day hospital stay rule for SNFs http://www.bioethics.net/news/long-term-care-panel-suggests-cutting-3-day-hospital-stay-rule-for-snfs-read-more-long-term-care-panel-suggests-cutting-3-day-hospital-stay-rule-for-snfs/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/long-term-care-panel-suggests-cutting-3-day-hospital-stay-rule-for-snfs-read-more-long-term-care-panel-suggests-cutting-3-day-hospital-stay-rule-for-snfs/#comments Sat, 14 Sep 2013 16:04:20 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=48849 http://www.bioethics.net/news/long-term-care-panel-suggests-cutting-3-day-hospital-stay-rule-for-snfs-read-more-long-term-care-panel-suggests-cutting-3-day-hospital-stay-rule-for-snfs/feed/ 0 Paying for Patient Empowerment http://www.bioethics.net/2013/08/paying-for-patient-empowerment/ http://www.bioethics.net/2013/08/paying-for-patient-empowerment/#comments Wed, 28 Aug 2013 05:47:42 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=48670 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Way back in 2009 when the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was being debated across the country, one of the more controversial elements was a section (HE 3200, Section 1233) that would provide physician reimbursement for conversations about end-of-life advance care planning. Quickly, Sarah Palin branded such a move as a “death panel” via Facebook that made discussions of end-of-life care reimbursement a taboo topic and a political third-rail. Ms. Palin stated that these conversations were about rationing care at the expense of the “sick, the elderly, and the disabled.”

Now, 6 months before the ACA was supposed to be fully enacted (some provisions of which are delayed by 1 year including the employer mandate requirement and most recently the section that limits out-of-pocket costs for patients), two senators have proposed Medicare coverage for end-of-life conversations.…

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Privacy for Sale http://www.bioethics.net/2013/08/privacy-for-sale/ http://www.bioethics.net/2013/08/privacy-for-sale/#comments Fri, 23 Aug 2013 05:57:35 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=48628 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

How much is your privacy worth? Would you be willing to give up your rights to medical privacy for $50? The company CVS Caremark is betting that you would. Earlier this year, CVS began counting pharmaceutical purchases toward its rewards program. For every 10 prescriptions filled, a customer can receive $5 worth of credits to be used at CVS up to a maximum of $50 per year.  Such programs are not new; Walgreens and Rite-Aid also offer rewards for prescription purposes.…

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An Ethical Analysis of Mandatory Influenza Vaccination of Health Care Personnel: Implementing Fairly and Balancing Benefits and Burdens http://www.bioethics.net/articles/an-ethical-analysis-of-mandatory-influenza-vaccination-of-health-care-personnel-implementing-fairly-and-balancing-benefits-and-burdens/ http://www.bioethics.net/articles/an-ethical-analysis-of-mandatory-influenza-vaccination-of-health-care-personnel-implementing-fairly-and-balancing-benefits-and-burdens/#comments Wed, 21 Aug 2013 20:33:28 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=articles&p=48616 http://www.bioethics.net/articles/an-ethical-analysis-of-mandatory-influenza-vaccination-of-health-care-personnel-implementing-fairly-and-balancing-benefits-and-burdens/feed/ 0 Pride in A Health Care System http://www.bioethics.net/2013/07/pride-in-a-health-care-system/ http://www.bioethics.net/2013/07/pride-in-a-health-care-system/#comments Tue, 23 Jul 2013 23:32:35 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=48334 Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

This past month I was fortunate to spend several weeks touring northern Europe with my family. These are the lands of the midnight sun, where smoked salmon is more popular than hamburgers, and where a summer temperature of 75 is unseasonably warm. Besides meeting some wonderful people, absorbing fascinating history, and viewing beautiful scenery, I was amazed that most people I met wanted to talk about their health care system. In Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and Poland tour guides would regale us with tales of battles and churches, and talk about how much they loved their state-run health care system.…

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Opinion: The cost curve on health care – it’s bending http://www.bioethics.net/news/opinion-the-cost-curve-on-health-care-its-bending/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/opinion-the-cost-curve-on-health-care-its-bending/#comments Thu, 27 Jun 2013 17:22:45 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=47929 http://www.bioethics.net/news/opinion-the-cost-curve-on-health-care-its-bending/feed/ 0 Jamaica announces smoking ban in public spaces http://www.bioethics.net/news/jamaica-announces-smoking-ban-in-public-spaces/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/jamaica-announces-smoking-ban-in-public-spaces/#comments Wed, 26 Jun 2013 17:32:58 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=47932 http://www.bioethics.net/news/jamaica-announces-smoking-ban-in-public-spaces/feed/ 0 Employers Test Plans That Cap Health Costs http://www.bioethics.net/news/employers-test-plans-that-cap-health-costs/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/employers-test-plans-that-cap-health-costs/#comments Tue, 25 Jun 2013 17:19:35 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=47928 http://www.bioethics.net/news/employers-test-plans-that-cap-health-costs/feed/ 0 A Tale of Two (or Three) States http://www.bioethics.net/2013/06/a-tale-of-two-or-three-states/ http://www.bioethics.net/2013/06/a-tale-of-two-or-three-states/#comments Mon, 10 Jun 2013 23:17:33 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=47677 Kayhan Parsi, JD, PhD

I recently learned that my home state of Texas has refused to participate in Medicaid expansion that is part and parcel of the Affordable Care Act. When I first heard this news on NPR, I nearly gasped in disbelief.  Gov. Perry and the Texas legislature will walk away from $100 billion of federal money to help the state’s poor, elderly and disabled.  Wade Goodwyn, the NPR reporter for this piece, went so far as to state that “Texas Republicans have moved steadily to the right — to where the very concept of public health insurance of any kind is looked at through narrowed eyes.”  The public perception of Medicaid is that it primarily covers the poorest of the poor adults. …

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Bring back PE: Exercise should be ‘core’ class, report says http://www.bioethics.net/news/bring-back-pe-exercise-should-be-core-class-report-says/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/bring-back-pe-exercise-should-be-core-class-report-says/#comments Wed, 05 Jun 2013 17:48:09 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=47631 http://www.bioethics.net/news/bring-back-pe-exercise-should-be-core-class-report-says/feed/ 0 Data Aggregation and the Medical Marketplace http://www.bioethics.net/2013/06/data-aggregation-and-the-medical-marketplace/ http://www.bioethics.net/2013/06/data-aggregation-and-the-medical-marketplace/#comments Tue, 04 Jun 2013 21:47:37 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=47627 Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Big brother is watching you. And calling you. And selling your medical information to a pharmaceutical corporation.

In the modern age of information as commodity, drugmakers buy database that tell them how much of what drug each doctor prescribes, which patients fill those prescriptions, and whether renewals are filled. They know your medical conditions, test results, insurance data, age, ethnicity, and income level.

Several companies have developed with the express purpose of tracking patients and their medical habits.…

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U.S. regulators issue rules on workplace wellness programs http://www.bioethics.net/news/u-s-regulators-issue-rules-on-workplace-wellness-programs/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/u-s-regulators-issue-rules-on-workplace-wellness-programs/#comments Thu, 30 May 2013 17:43:04 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=47577 http://www.bioethics.net/news/u-s-regulators-issue-rules-on-workplace-wellness-programs/feed/ 0 American Workers’ Health Care Costs Increase Again http://www.bioethics.net/news/american-workers-health-care-costs-increase-again/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/american-workers-health-care-costs-increase-again/#comments Wed, 22 May 2013 21:12:26 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=47495 http://www.bioethics.net/news/american-workers-health-care-costs-increase-again/feed/ 0 Will insurance cover genetic testing, preventive surgery? http://www.bioethics.net/news/will-insurance-cover-genetic-testing-preventive-surgery/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/will-insurance-cover-genetic-testing-preventive-surgery/#comments Fri, 17 May 2013 18:16:36 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=47436 http://www.bioethics.net/news/will-insurance-cover-genetic-testing-preventive-surgery/feed/ 0 Hospital Billing Varies Wildly, Government Data Shows http://www.bioethics.net/news/hospital-billing-varies-wildly-government-data-shows/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/hospital-billing-varies-wildly-government-data-shows/#comments Thu, 09 May 2013 18:35:45 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=47310 http://www.bioethics.net/news/hospital-billing-varies-wildly-government-data-shows/feed/ 0 Why Expand Care With No Proven Benefits? http://www.bioethics.net/news/why-expand-care-with-no-proven-benefits/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/why-expand-care-with-no-proven-benefits/#comments Tue, 07 May 2013 18:00:04 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=47277 http://www.bioethics.net/news/why-expand-care-with-no-proven-benefits/feed/ 0