Response to “Why Only Fixing U.S. Healthcare Will Not Make Us Healthier”

Behrouz Zand MD, MS blogs at Digital Antidote – The Collision of Medicine, Philosophy and Social Science. His post of January 16, 2018, is entitled “Why only fixing U.S. healthcare will not make us healthier.” Here is my response March 4, 2018: Dr. Zand: I echo the praise for your excellent essay. In support, I … Continue reading Response to “Why Only Fixing U.S. Healthcare Will Not Make Us Healthier”

W. Va. Settles Teacher Strike But Not the Problem of Healthcare Cost

  West Virginia teachers settled their strike March 6 when they reached agreement with the Governor and Legislature giving them a 5 percent pay raise. But according to State Senate president Mitch Carmichael and Craig Blair, Senate Finance Committee chair, at least some of the $110 million yearly cost of the contract would come from … Continue reading W. Va. Settles Teacher Strike But Not the Problem of Healthcare Cost

Genes, Cost-Effectiveness and Healthcare Reform – Dialog with Dr. Buchanan

This is a posting of my reply to British health economist Dr. Buchanan's Comment of February 17, 2018.  The original posts are: Medicines's future? The health economics of population-wide genomic screening (October 26, 2017) Cost-Effectiveness: From Genes to Healthcare System Reform (December 17, 2017) 2 thoughts on “Cost-Effectiveness: From Genes to Healthcare System Reform” (Reply, February … Continue reading Genes, Cost-Effectiveness and Healthcare Reform – Dialog with Dr. Buchanan

Could the Oregon Health Plan Help West Virginia’s Strikers?

West Virginia teachers are keeping their schools closed in all 55 counties March 1, bucking their union and the governor, with no end in sight. The sticking point is the teachers’ healthcare costs, according to Huffington Post and others. Could a health reform plan like Oregon’s help West Virginians reach agreement and get schools reopened? … Continue reading Could the Oregon Health Plan Help West Virginia’s Strikers?

Elevator Pitch for Oregon-style Healthcare Reform

Jack Welch, the former CEO of General Electric, was famous for cornering his managers to justify their projects with an “elevator pitch” that could be delivered to him during a short ride from one floor to the next. Here’s mine pushing for healthcare reform and an Oregon-style cost-benefit analysis approach: You know, of course, how … Continue reading Elevator Pitch for Oregon-style Healthcare Reform