Herd Immunity In Europe – Are We Close?

Herd Immunity In Europe – Are We Close?

While no country claims to be pursuing herd immunity as a strategy, some – such as Sweden – have taken a more relaxed approach to containing the coronavirus.

Understanding The Spread Of COVID-19

Understanding The Spread Of COVID-19

To understand the spread of COVID-19, the pandemic is more usefully viewed as a series of distinct local epidemics. The way the virus has spread in different countries, and even in particular states or regions within them, has been quite varied.

Why Vietnam Has Reported No Coronavirus Deaths

Why Vietnam Has Reported No Coronavirus DeathsAs of April 21, the country had reported 268 cases of COVID-19, the disease associated with the new coronavirus, with more than 140 people making a full recovery.

The Doctor Will Skype You Now

The Doctor Will Skype You Now

The Australian government today announced new telehealth consultations will be covered under the Medicare Benefits Schedule.

What We Can Learn From Literary History About Pandemics

What We Can Learn From Literary History About Pandemics

From Homer’s Iliad and Boccaccio’s Decameron to Stephen King’s The Stand and Ling Ma’s Severance, stories about pandemics have offered much  on how human beings respond to public health crises.

How Coronavirus Measures Have Worked Around The World

How Coronavirus Measures Have Worked Around The World

One month after what is now the coronavirus pandemic was declared a “public health emergency of international concern”, it is now causing disruption all round the world on an unprecedented scale.

10 Myths About The Greatest Flu Pandemic In History

The Greatest Pandemic In History Was 100 Years Ago – But Many Of Us Still Get The Basic Facts Wrong
2018 marked the 100th anniversary of the great influenza pandemic of 1918. Between 50 and 100 million people are thought to have died, representing as much as 5 percent of the world’s population. Half a billion people were infected.

Are Your Generic Drugs Safe And Is The FDA Too Lax?

Are Your Generic Drugs Safe And Is The FDA Too Lax?
Generic prescription drugs have saved the U.S. about US$1.7 trillion over the past decade. The Food and Drug Administration approved a record 781 new generics in 2018 alone, including generic versions of Cialis, Levitra and Lyrica.

How The US Could Afford Medicare For All

How The Us Could Afford Medicare For All
Health care is Americans’ number-one priority, based on recent polls, so it’s no wonder it’s been a hot topic in the Democratic primary.

US Health Care: An Industry Too Big To Fail

US Health Care: An Industry Too Big To Fail
As I spoke recently with colleagues at a conference in Florence, Italy about health care innovation, a fundamental truth resurfaced in my mind: the U.S. health care industry is just that.

Recalls Of Medical Devices And Drugs Are Up

Recalls Of Medical Devices And Drugs Are Up

From the valsartan blood pressure drug contamination that exposed thousands of patients to cancer-causing impurities, to a massive pacemaker recall undertaken to fix a hazardous software bug in half-a-million cardiac devices, health care product quality problems are ever-present and highly dangerous.

Why Private, For-Profit Health Care Is A Terrible Idea

Why Private, For-Profit Health Care Is A Terrible Idea
Ontario Premier Doug Ford may be planning a two-tiered, profit-driven health-care system, according to the Toronto Star. This is clearly the wrong solution to the health-care woes of the province, and the nation as a whole.

How Work And Living Conditions Can Kill Us (or Keep Us Healthy)

How Work And Living Conditions Can Kill Us (or Keep Us Healthy)
Living and working conditions are the primary causes of good health, and disease and premature death as well. Far more than eating green vegetables and going to the gym more often, living and working conditions have a big impact on health. This has been known in Canada since at least the mid-1850s and any visitor to the Public Health Agency of Canada’s website will find ample documentation of this fact.

These Are The VA Healthcare's 3 Main Problems

va healthcare 4 1The VA has long been in crisis. Nevertheless, it has pioneered evidence-based medicine and, overall, gets better outcomes at lower costs than many private health care providers.

Yes The US Health Economy Is Big, But Is It Better?

mri 11 18The U.S. health care system is the most expensive in the world. So why does it underperform relative to many peer countries by most measures?

Want To Fix America's Health Care? First, Focus On Food

Want To Fix America's Health Care? First, Focus On FoodSo far, policymakers have tried to reduce costs by tinkering with how care is delivered. But focusing on care delivery to save money is like trying to reduce the costs of house fires by focusing on firefighters and fire stations.

Medicare For All Could Be Cheaper Than You Think

Medicare For All Could Be Cheaper Than You ThinkPublic support for single-payer health care has been rising in recent months amid failed Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

How Big Pharma Is Hindering Treatment Of The Opioid Addiction Epidemic

How Big Pharma Is Hindering Treatment Of The Opioid Addiction Epidemic“A crippling problem.” “A total epidemic.” “A problem like nobody understands.” These are the words President Trump used to describe the opioid epidemic ravaging the country during a White House listening session in March.

GOP Health Care Would Make Rural America's Distress Much Worse

GOP Health Care Would Make Rural America's Distress Much WorseMuch has been made of the distress and discontent in rural areas during the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Few realize, however, this is also felt through unequal health.

Why A Complete Repeal Of The ACA Would Result In More Deaths. Period.

A Complete Repeal Of The ACA Will Result In More Deaths. Period.I was beyond frustrated. I felt extremely hopeless. I believed that I had zero options, despite the fact that I could no longer remain in the same physical or mental state. My bills had piled up so much I was about to get evicted. I had to do something. I got into my uninsured car and drove myself back to the E.R.

How Did Health Insurance Get So Complicated?

How Did Health Insurance Get So Complicated?With the passage of the Republicans’ health care act, the House of Representatives seems to be saying that coming up with a plan to insure Americans really wasn’t all that hard after all.

Why Are We Dragging Our Feet With Health Care Automation?

Why Are We Dragging Our Feet With Health Care Automation?As a neonatologist, I worry about patients with pulmonary hypertension. This unforgiving disease, sometimes seen after premature birth, can end with sudden death from constricting blood vessels in the lungs.

New Poll Finds The Most And Least Popular Parts Of Affordable Care Act

New Poll Finds The Most And Least Popular Parts Of Affordable Care ActAs House Republicans labor to define a new plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, often called “Obamacare,” public support for the 2010 legislation is at an all-time high, according to a national survey taken in January.

Why A Free Market For Drugs Doesn’t Work

Why A Free Market For Drugs Doesn’t WorkThe United States faces a major problem with prescription drug prices. Even as the prices of most goods and services have barely budged in recent years, the cost of drugs has surged.

There Are Huge Out-of-pocket Costs For Medicare Patients With Cancer

There Are Huge Out-of-pocket Costs For Medicare Patients With CancerA cancer diagnosis can be a serious financial hardship for many elderly and disabled patients on Medicare, with annual out-of-pocket costs ranging from $2,116 to $8,115, on top of what they pay for health insurance, a new survey shows.

How Health Groups Unwittingly Help Coca-Cola And PepsiCo

How Health Groups Unwittingly Help Coca-Cola And PepsiCoThe two largest soda makers in the US use their sponsorships of health organizations to bolster their image, which helps them lobby against public health bills, a new study suggests.

Why Insurance Companies Control Your Medical Care

President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Medicare Bill. President Harry S. Truman is seated next to him. LBJ LibraryIt’s that time of year again. Insurance companies that participate in the Affordable Care Act’s state health exchanges are signaling that prices will risedramatically this fall.

Maternal Mortality Rates Rise As US Falls Further Behind

Maternal Mortality Rates Rise As US Falls Further BehindDespite the United Nations Millennium Development Goal of a 75 percent reduction in maternal deaths by 2015, the estimated maternal mortality rate for 48 US states and the District of Columbia actually increased by 26.6 percent from 2000 to 2014.

The Real Reason Off-patent Drugs Are So Expensive

The Real Reason Off-patent Drugs Are So ExpensiveThe rising price for EpiPens, a drug delivery system that is crucial for persons experiencing potentially life-threatening allergic reactions, has resulted in outrage.

Is It The Insurers Or Congress That's Ailing Healthcare?

Is It The Insurers Or Congress That's Ailing Healthcare?Since the Affordable Care Act – or what many call Obamacare – has been labeled a failure since the day it started, according to some political types, it’s difficult to know if the recent defections by large insurance companies are really a death knell or just growing pains.

Why Doctors Need Time To Think About Your Health

Why Doctors Need Time To Think About Your HealthWhen a person goes to the doctor, there’s usually one thing they want: a diagnosis. Once a diagnosis is made, a path toward wellness can begin.

As Coal Mining Declines, Mental Health Problems Linger

As Coal Mining Declines, Mental Health Problems LingerThe U.S. coal industry is in rapid decline, a shift marked not only by the bankruptcy of many mine operators in coal-rich Appalachia but also by a legacy of potential environmental and social disasters.

Why We Need a Single Payer Healthcare

Why We Need a Single Payer HealthcareThe best argument for a single-payer health plan is the recent decision by giant health insurer Aetna to bail out next year from 11 of the 15 states where it sells Obamacare plans.

Solving The Digital Divide In Health Care

When considering Latinos, educators often struggle with how to close the achievement gap. That gap is often defined as a disparity in academic success between native English speakers and those for whom Spanish was their first language.

Could Clinton's Health Care Proposals Work?

Could Clinton's Health Care Proposals Work?As the spotlight shifts from the Republican to Democratic convention, Hillary Clinton’s plans for health care reform, including a proposed new “public option” for health insurance for some Americans, may draw greater attention from voters.

Having Trouble Picking The Right Health Insurance Plan? Let An Algorithm Decide

ibm watsonOne key goal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was to lower health care costs by giving consumers more choice over their insurer. Economic theory suggests that when consumers make informed and active choices in a competitive market, companies respond by lowering prices and improving the quality of their offerings.

Why Efforts to Privatize The VA Health System Are A Scam

Why Efforts to Privatize The VA Health System Is A ScamThere are few areas where there is more bipartisan support than the need to provide adequate health care for the country's veterans. While many of us opposed the war in Iraq and other recent military adventures, we still recognize the need to provide medical services for the people who put their lives at risk.

Why The High Cost Of Publicly Funded Cancer Drugs?

Why The High Cost Of Publicly Funded Cancer Drugs?Patients with prostate cancer in England and Wales will now have early access to abiraterone, a drug which can delay the need for chemotherapy. The drug previously cost £3,000 a month, and was not considered “cost-effective” for the NHS until cancers were more advanced – even though patients in Scotland had access to it.

Clean Energy Could Save Hundreds Of Billions In Health Costs

Clean Energy Could Save Hundreds Of Billions In Health CostsIf the U.S. moved to electric vehicles, there would be a substantial cut in air pollution – and health benefits to go with it.In Paris late last year, the countries of the world pledged to reduce emissions to keep global warming “well below a 2 degree Celsius” rise in global average temperatures compared with preindustrial levels.

Autism Costs In US Could Reach $1 Trillion By 2025

Autism Costs In U.S. Could Reach $1 Trillion By 2025Economists have tallied up how much it will likely cost to care for all Americans with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) this year: $268 billion. In 10 years that number is expected to climb to $461 billion, but they say it could top out at $1 trillion if ASD prevalence continues to increase.

Innovative Plan Offers Group Health Insurance to Coworking Members

Innovative Plan Offers Group Health Insurance to Coworking MembersHealth insurance for freelancers can be expensive. When employed by a company, health insurance is generally covered, but strike out on your own and you find yourself paying several hundred dollars or more per month for minimal coverage. As freelancers are expected to make up fifty percent of the U.S. workforce by 2020, one can’t help but think there has to be a better way—and there is.

How Healthcare Spending Compares To Other Countries

How Healthcare Spending Compares To Other CountriesThe health of a nation is often measured in economic terms – how much a country chooses to spend, where that money comes from, what it spends it on and how much that money translates into quality of care. This infographic shows how health expenditure, access to care and health outcomes compare with seven other OECD countries.

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