In an America where everything has become practically unaffordable: a college education, proper housing, energy, etc., it is unfortunate that healthcare, perhaps the most important of them all, has become unaffordable as well. Many people intuitively believe that this is … Continue ReadingRead More →
The Pharmaceutical Industry’s Trojan Horse How drug companies use psychological tools to increase drug prices
The pharmaceutical industry, like any good magician, knows not to reveal his or her
secrets. Some of the industry’s secrets are grounded in psychology and behavioral economics.
These fields can provide perspective into the nature of drug prices and how … Continue ReadingRead More →
When the Supreme Court ruled on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, all eyes were on the individual mandate. When it survived the challenge, the law’s liberal supporters declared victory. Under
In 2010, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, changing the landscape of the American healthcare system forever. One of those changes constitutes an increase in hospital mergers and acquisitions by encouraging collaborative care; the ACA offers financial … Continue ReadingRead More →
The morning bell rings. One hundred children line up behind a desk.
It’s National Deworming Day.
One at a time, each child steps up and holds a hand out over the desk. A teacher drops a tablet into the child’s … Continue ReadingRead More →
In September 2014, a 17 year old Connecticut teenager identified in court documents only as “Cassandra C” was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a rare form of cancer, and ordered by the state to undergo chemotherapy treatment for the disease. After … Continue ReadingRead More →
In 2005, the Wall Street Journal released an article detailing the events of a private meeting between a medical imaging company and the specialized physicians near its imaging center in a small California city. This private, for-profit imaging company laid … Continue ReadingRead More →
The first report came this year on January 7: seven confirmed cases of measles in Disneyland. Slowly the numbers rose. Then, there were twenty-six cases, twenty-two of which were linked to the original outbreak in Disneyland. By the beginning of … Continue ReadingRead More →
As the largest source of medical funding for people with low income, Medicaid has significant relevance to American lives. Compared to Medicare, a social insurance program designed to provide long-term care for the elderly, Medicaid is a social welfare program … Continue ReadingRead More →
On March 4th, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments for King v. Burwell, the latest case that threatens to derail the Affordable Care Act of 2010. The act was intended to reduce the number of uninsured people in two