Health Care

  • Strikingly, many of the spending reductions come from the sickest employees.

    Medical Spending Falls as Deductibles Rise

    Is that surgery really worth it? Do I really value that cancer screening? Is that extra imaging service necessary?

    These are the kinds of questions consumers ask themselves when their insurance plans require higher cost sharing for medical services. This is a new reality in the US health care system, as large employers offering coverage have moved aggressively toward less generous, high-deductible insurance offerings.

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  • Is the solution to a sedentary job as simple as standing up?

    The Ill-effects of Sitting Down on the Job

    Standing up at work can be good for your health. That is the finding of recent research that links standing-based work to improved health outcomes. It follows numerous other studies that show how our sedentary work habits may be killing us.

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  • Political instability could threaten major health care successes.

    Thailand's Health Care Success Overshadowed by a Democratic Crisis

    Thailand’s current democratic crisis sits in stark contrast with its greatest achievement this century: universal health coverage. This achievement is also a prime example of the ideological disagreements on the value of populism in Thai politics.

    In 2001, the government introduced ‘30 baht healthcare’, a comprehensive government funded scheme that provided extended health coverage to all citizens. Compared to other countries with similar levels of development, establishing universal healthcare coverage in Thailand was a serious accomplishment.

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  • Gene Patents Are Sacrificing Human Lives For Profits: Joseph Stiglitz

    Gene Patents Are Sacrificing Human Lives For Profits: Joseph Stiglitz

    The US Supreme Court recently began deliberations in a case that will determine whether human genes may be patented. But we already know that permitting gene patents results in inefficiencies – including monopoly profits and a failure to maximize the use of knowledge – that impede the pace of innovation.

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  • A Global Health Care Remedy – Why We Must Fix High Drug Prices: Joseph Stiglitz

    A Global Health Care Remedy – Why We Must Fix High Drug Prices: Joseph Stiglitz

    The pharmaceutical industry today is a broken intellectual-property regime, which holds back on the development and availability of cheap drugs for the sake of profit maximisation. But it doesn’t have to be this way. An international effort by the World Health Organisation may now represent a once-in-a-generation opportunity to remedy a long-standing and egregious inequity in health care.

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