Friday Links
The Goodman Institute Health Blog
by John C. Goodman
3d ago
Arnold Kling: The real cause of the 2008 financial crisis: bad government policies. Instead of raising taxes on the rich, why don’t we eliminate spending on the rich? Why not use $90 billion in unspent covid money to reduce the $1.7 trillion deficit? How studies of Covid vaccine effectiveness have been manipulated. Are psychedelics a solution for chronic pain? UK refuses to sign onto global vaccine treaty. In 2020, over 260,000 immigrants with undergraduate health care degrees such as nursing were underemployed ..read more
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Thursday Links
The Goodman Institute Health Blog
by John C. Goodman
4d ago
Can chronic anger produce physical health effects? Why is Food Stamp spending soaring? About 3 million people who were on Medicaid, thought they were uninsured. Danish study: having children does not lower the mother’s lifetime income. The cost of extending the 2017 Trump tax cuts could be paid for by undoing much of the Biden administration’s spending binge. The sources of fake science are “paper mills” — businesses or individuals that, for a price, will list a scientist as an author of a wholly or partially fabricated paper. (WSJ ..read more
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Privately Insurance Pays Much Higher Hospital Prices than Medicare Does
The Goodman Institute Health Blog
by Devon Herrick
4d ago
The reality is that hospitals find that few uninsured patients can afford to pay their prices, who are often saddled with debts they cannot pay. The debts are often written off as uncollectable. Uninsured patients are not a significant source of income for hospitals. Third party payers are ..read more
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Wednesday links – 15 May 2024
The Goodman Institute Health Blog
by John C. Goodman
4d ago
The rise in reported maternal mortality rates in the US is largely due to a change in measurement. HT: Tyler Can Ozempic be a substitute for insulin for diabetics? Ozempic and Wegovy could slash the risk of heart attacks and strokes, even if patients don’t lose weight. Paragon Health’s solution for Medicare: more means testing. The Heritage Foundation has a similar proposal ..read more
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Tuesday Links
The Goodman Institute Health Blog
by John C. Goodman
4d ago
Consuming half a tablespoon of olive oil every day is associated with a 28% lower risk of dying of dementia. Less than half of all workers plan to work past age 62. An argument for not giving free health care to illegals. Trump v. Biden on the response to Covid. Getting rich by doing good: The nonprofit University of Pittsburgh Medical Center CEO makes $12 million a year ..read more
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An AI Mental Health Chatbot Will See You Now (or Maybe Not)
The Goodman Institute Health Blog
by Devon Herrick
1w ago
Would you spill your failed hopes, unfulfilled dreams and mental health challenges to a robot? How about a mental health chatbot? That’s not as strange as it sounds. Reporter Shirley Wang at The Wall Street Journal debates the value of mental health chatbots that use artificial intelligence (AI) technology ..read more
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Why Processed Foods Matter
The Goodman Institute Health Blog
by John C. Goodman
1w ago
[Researchers] raised a group of rats in a cage and gave them an abundant supply of healthy, balanced rat chow made out of the kind of food rats had been eating for a very long time. The rats would eat it when they were hungry, and then they seemed to feel sated and stopped. They did not become fat ..read more
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Monday Links
The Goodman Institute Health Blog
by John C. Goodman
1w ago
The U.S. military now estimates that the cartels directly control around 30-35% of Mexican territory. Over eighty politicians or candidates for political office were killed in Mexico during the country’s 2021 midterm elections. (HT: Tyler) Does living around people with a college degree lengthen your life expectancy?  Apparently. Reasons to doubt the USDA report on the prevalence of food insecurity. Why the Biden/Harris claim that they have legalized marijuana is mostly false. What explains the slowdown in Medicare spending? A major reason is pharmaceuticals ..read more
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Medicare Trustees Report: The Reality is Worse than Advertised
The Goodman Institute Health Blog
by John C. Goodman
1w ago
Bad as the recent Trustees Report is, the reality is likely to be much worse. According to Jim Capretta, the current projection is based on Obamacare constraints that are unlikely to be continued ..read more
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WSJ: Hospitals Increasingly Demand Patients’ Share of the Bill before Surgery
The Goodman Institute Health Blog
by Devon Herrick
1w ago
The Wall Street Journal reports that hospitals increasingly demand patients pay up front before getting surgeries. Hospitals are purportedly tired of having to chase after patients to collect what they owe ..read more
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