Allegheny County #1

So just an update on the latest data from the Census Bureau’s Small Area Health Insurance Estimates program which put out 2010 data last month.  noted last year was that for 2009 the estimated health insurance coverage for children (under age 18) population was higher than any county in Pennsylvania.

So with 2010 data that is . . . → Read More: Allegheny County #1

American Medicine is Sick

First, here’s this:

Cancer-busting chemotherapy can cause damage to healthy cells which triggers them to secrete a protein that sustains tumour growth and resistance to further treatment, a study said Sunday.

Researchers in the United States made the “completely unexpected” finding while seeking to explain why cancer cells are so resilient inside the human . . . → Read More: American Medicine is Sick

Why Not Sell?

Alex Tabarrok, in reference to encouraging people to become organ donors:

I am not in favor of messing with the insurance system for this purpose but have argued for a more direct approach. Under what I call a “no-give, no-take” rule if you are not willing to sign your organ donor card you go . . . → Read More: Why Not Sell?

“Dark Ages Misogyny”… Really?

What’s got Charles Johnson (the wrong-headed Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs, not the right-headed anarchist Rad Geek) so worked up?

Now the GOP Wants to Permit Any Employer to Deny Contraception Coverage

What’s all this “permit” and “deny” stuff?

An employer doesn’t (or at least shouldn’t) have to offer health insurance as a job . . . → Read More: “Dark Ages Misogyny”… Really?

What’s Driving High Healthcare Costs?

Princeton economist, Uwe Reinhardt, contributes regularly to The New York Times Economix Blog. Recently he wrote, in “Health Care Payers Push Back Against Costs“ that high U.S. healthcare costs are driven by several factors:

American’s over-use of high-cost/high-tech services owing to some American’s being over-insured. High administrative costs (mostly in the health insurance area) Higher . . . → Read More: What’s Driving High Healthcare Costs?

Slower Growth in Healthcare Spending

In honor of the first week in our Healthcare Economics class, and the beginning of a 6 week session on healthcare via OLLI, here is an interesting report from The New York Times.

National health spending rose a slight 3.9 percent in 2010, as Americans delayed hospital care, doctor’s visits and prescription drug purchases . . . → Read More: Slower Growth in Healthcare Spending

No Room for Medicare Patients

When I went into solo practice of internal medicine in 1981, it was very easy to get a doctor to see a Medicare patient. All I had to do was make a phone call. A courteous receptionist answered. If the doctor couldn’t come to the phone right away, I could count on a prompt . . . → Read More: No Room for Medicare Patients

Health Insurance

Some new data out on Small Area Health Insurance Estimates from the census folks.

They have a tool there you can use to look this up yourself, but what I get is that for children (age 18 and under) in Pennsylania, Allegheny County is tied with Montgomery for the lowest percentage without health insurance at . . . → Read More: Health Insurance

Reality and Constraints

Robin Hanson on capping systemic health care costs:

The United Kingdom, where, on average, people live longer than in the U.S., spends only about 9 percent of gross domestic product on medicine, compared with our 18 percent. The British control costs in part by having the will to empower a hard-nosed agency, the National . . . → Read More: Reality and Constraints

With All The Talk About “Transparency”, Medical Prices Are Still A Secret

Suppose you went into a grocery store, and found no prices on anything. You ask a clerk how much five pounds of potatoes would be, and he asks you whether you are 65 or older. You’re taken aback, but you tell him you are 64, and he asks whether your income is less than . . . → Read More: With All The Talk About “Transparency”, Medical Prices Are Still A Secret