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Health Economics

How Do You Determine The Value Of A Medicine?

Amanda L. Chan | Posted 11.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Amanda L. Chan

Chew on this: What does it really mean for a medicine to "work?" Does it mean the patient survives longer? Does it mean a better quality of life? Does it mean the disease is still there, but doesn't progress? And who's to say which one of these metrics is more valuable than the other?

Good News: Obamacare Clearly Isn't Stifling the Economy

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

The more of the law that's implemented, the better the economy seems to perform. How can that be?

Eat More Fruit -- It's Good for the Economy (And for Your Health, Too)

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn | Posted 10.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

I'll put it quite plainly: every American eating just one more portion of fruit or vegetables per day (that's 1/2 cup of either) would add up to $2.7 trillion of national medical costs savings.

Draft National Alzheimer's Plan Is Disappointing

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 06.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

We need a National Alzheimer's Plan that reflects the psychosocial/mental health needs of Americans with dementia and their families, and that creates opportunities for them to have a vastly improved quality of life.

New Report Finds Great Cost Savings From Homeopathy

Dana Ullman | Posted 05.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Dana Ullman

In this day and age of economically-challenging times for both individuals and governments, this report from the Swiss government has confirmed the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of homeopathic treatment.

The Democratization of Health Care:The Case Against Individual Retail Transactions

Gary Puckrein | Posted 04.01.2012 | Politics
Gary Puckrein

To build and maintain affordable medical care, we must buy collectively through either private insurance or government social insurance.

Planning for Effective Parenthood

Kate Otto | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Kate Otto

If the goal is to cut spending, where is the long-term strategy to show, over time, how these cuts in spending will transform our nation into a healthier and more peaceful nation?

Addiction, Recovery, And American Health Policy

Stanton Peele | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

America worships personal tales of redemption. If public figures are caught out drunk or on drugs, cheating on their wives, then they quickly head off to Betty Ford or Hazelden. And we forgive them.

The Epidemic Of 'Medical Child Abuse' And What Can Be Done

Dana Ullman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dana Ullman

We all know people who have children who have benefited from conventional medical care, but sadly, we all also know people whose children have been harmed by it.

Long-Term Thinking About Future Health: Seven Trends That Should Concern Us

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Seven current healthcare trends include doctors leaving the public system, a shortfall in primary care, underutilization of medical treatment, "superbugs," virtual health care, climate change, and radical self-redesign and enhancement.

The Fix That Fails, And Worse

Deane Waldman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Deane Waldman

"Fixes that fail" - a delightful, euphonious and depressing phrase. Delightful because it is so useful. Euphonious because of alliteration and scansio...