Saturday Links
The Goodman Institute Health Blog
by John C. Goodman
1d ago
How much is Medicare spending on the new weight loss drugs? Data suggests only about 30 percent of the reported COVID-19 deaths were "from COVID-19" as the underlying cause. Drug induced deaths among Blacks is soaring. Is an open border the reason? More evidence that Fauci lied and covered up Wuhan Lab funding.  Why Biden is wrong about wanting to repeal TCJA (the Trump tax cuts). Far more people drink alcohol than consume marijuana; but more people consume marijuana than consume alcohol on a daily basis. (WaPo) Ambroxol is a miracle drug for coughs and colds. It has been in wide use si ..read more
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Friday Links
The Goodman Institute Health Blog
by John C. Goodman
3d ago
Are drug companies abusing the patent system by filing multiple additional patents on a drug to keep generics out of the market? The National Institutes of Health is proposing price controls for drugs. Nearly 70% of Gaza aid from a US-built pier was stolen. Should Ozempic be sold over-the-counter? Top Fauci adviser allegedly destroyed evidence about origins of COVID-19 pandemic. Physicians spend more than four hours a day on average managing and updating EHR. Why can’t AI do the job? Could the Chinese system have an advantage over liberal democracies ..read more
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Stanford: Gas Stoves Kill 19,000 People Annually
The Goodman Institute Health Blog
by Devon Herrick
3d ago
The first of the year the Biden Administration considered tightening regulations on gas stoves in households and businesses. The Administration claims it was not trying to ban gas stoves. Rather, the proposed rules were intended to reduce harmful emissions and make gas stoves more efficient. In the end the federal agency reached a compromise decision after a fierce backlash by Libertarians, Republicans, moderate Democrats, chefs, home cooks and everyone else who enjoys cooking and eating ..read more
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Thursday Links
The Goodman Institute Health Blog
by John C. Goodman
4d ago
Officials believe hundreds of people … posed as customers in dozens of businesses across Chicago and elsewhere, all hoping to win favorable immigration status by becoming “victims” of pre-arranged “armed robberies.” Thanks to Medicare, Americans 65 and older in 2022 received medical services worth more than twice as much as those received by Americans aged 25 to 64 ($14,310 vs. $7,096) but paid less in premiums and out-of-pocket costs ($2,216 vs. $2,586). Study: Fewer child care regulations are associated with women having more children. (HT: Tyler) Robin Hanson continues his debate with Sco ..read more
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What difference Has Telemedicine Made?
The Goodman Institute Health Blog
by John C. Goodman
5d ago
In 2020, Medicare patients receiving care at health systems in the highest quartile of telemedicine use had 2.5 telemedicine visits per person, compared with 0.7 telemedicine visits per person in the lowest quartile of telemedicine use. Source: Edited from “Medicare Utilization, Spending, And Quality, 2019–22” in Health Affairs ..read more
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Doctors Shun Primary Care, Nurse Practitioners and Physicians Assistants Do Too
The Goodman Institute Health Blog
by Devon Herrick
5d ago
The physician shortage could reach 86,000 doctors by 2036, of which nearly half of the missing doctors could reflect shortages in primary care. One reason is demographics. The average age of physicians is 47 for women and 55 for men. Many of the older practicing physicians are among the Baby Boomer generation, who will be retiring soon and need care for themselves as they grow old. Another reason for the shortage is a 1996 federal law capping the number of graduate medical education training slots that Medicare will fund ..read more
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Wednesday Links
The Goodman Institute Health Blog
by John C. Goodman
5d ago
Loneliness is unhealthy. (NYT) It is associated with Alzheimer’s disease, other types of dementia and even Parkinson’s disease. Are doctors withdrawing life support too soon? Why you may not get the best cancer care. Biden claims billionaires pay an average federal income tax rate of 8.5% “in almost every speech.” The Washington Post awards that claim two Pinocchio’s. Are females better doctors? The percentage of doctors imported from abroad has skyrocketed from 9 percent in 1981 to 25 percent in 2024 ..read more
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There Is An Emerging Black Market in Healthy Poop for Medicinal Use
The Goodman Institute Health Blog
by Devon Herrick
6d ago
We have all probably watched a television show or movie where a clandestine drug deal occurs. In movies a nervous buyer often meets a nervous seller in a seedy part of town. Money and products are exchanged with both hoping the other is not a cop. Either party could try to steal what the other has without keeping their end of the bargain. This is probably mostly fiction, but clandestine exchanges of drugs do occur. Buying and selling illicit drugs is a dirty business, but Slate magazine describes new levels of filth: selling human poop for medicinal use ..read more
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Hospitals Increasingly Offer Cash Prices Similar to What Insurers Pay
The Goodman Institute Health Blog
by Devon Herrick
1w ago
Health care is unique compared to other sectors of the economy. In typical consumer markets prices are transparent and suppliers compete for the patronage of consumers by competing on price, quality, service, and other amenities. In health care prices are opaque and providers do not compete for patients in the traditional sense. In health care there is not one price but many prices, a different price for each payer ..read more
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Monday Links
The Goodman Institute Health Blog
by John C. Goodman
1w ago
How we benefited from the 2017 (Trump) tax cuts. Two (pandemic-related) doomsday predictions that never happened: a child care crisis and women leaving the labor force because of lack of child care and paternity leave. Another (Covid-related) doomsday prediction that never happened: one-in-ten- Americans are at risk of being evicted. Raw milk is dangerous; so why are sales surging? Kamala explains inflation: “Because of the Inflation Reduction Act … we are dropping trillions of dollars on the streets of America right now.” When donating blood is better than a payday loan ..read more
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