Healthcare

Hospital Attitudes Towards Healthcare Delivery

By Carroll Andrew Morse | March 7, 2006 |

Marion Davis has an interesting article in this week’s Providence Business News that discusses the maze of factors involved in healthcare pricing. One section of the article discusses how hospitals seem not to like the health-savings account/high deductible insurance combination because they don’t want to deal with some basic record-keeping that would be involved…Hospital officials…

Discussing the Laffey Plan to Remedy High Drug Costs, Part 2

By Carroll Andrew Morse | February 22, 2006 |

The next two problem/solution pairs proposed in Steve Laffey’s plan to remedy high drug costs concern different aspects of the problem of regulation. (The first two problem/solution pairs are discussed here) . 1. The first issue is the relationship between the pharmaceutical industry and the Food and Drug Administration…Today’s Problem: FDA regulates drugs foremost on…

Discussing the Laffey Plan to Remedy High Drug Costs, Part 1

By Carroll Andrew Morse | February 22, 2006 |

The most difficult part of Steve Laffey’s campaign platform for the traditional Republican base to swallow (so to speak) has been his promise to “fight the big drug companies”. On Monday, Mayor Laffey laid out in detail his plan to remedy high drug costs. (Katherine Gregg and Jim Baron both provide good tastes of the…

How the Most Boring Law Ever Determines the Shape of American Healthcare, Part 2

By Carroll Andrew Morse | February 20, 2006 |

…Continued from the previous post. Health insurers saw in the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) an incentive to sell as much insurance through employers as possible, because ERISA insulated them from any liability greater than the actual costs of treatments. This aspect of the law was the key factor in making employer-based…

Who Was Arguing for Importing Drugs from Canada?

By | December 19, 2005 | Comments Off on Who Was Arguing for Importing Drugs from Canada?

From the December 19, 2005 issue of BioCentury, a biotechnology industry publication available only by subscription, comes a story entitled “FDA seizes imported drugs.” FDA said that in 1,700 parcels intercepted at three U.S. airports over a few days in August, only 15% of drugs that were promoted as “Canadian” actually originated in Canada. The…

Divided and Conquered by the Insurance Industry

By Carroll Andrew Morse | October 26, 2005 | Comments Off on Divided and Conquered by the Insurance Industry

From Tuesday’s Pawtucket Times…The tentative contract agreement, reached in private talks conducted well below the public radar, besides the 3 percent pay increase would change no other contract language, including the current lack of a health coverage co-pay. School Committee Chairman Alan Tenreiro confirmed those details Monday night. Addressing the lack of a co-pay provision,…

Will Science Get Us OUT of a Moral Dilemma?

By Marc Comtois | June 6, 2005 |

This would certainly be good news: In recent months, a number of researchers have begun to assemble intriguing evidence that it is possible to generate embryonic stem cells without having to create or destroy new human embryos. The research is still young and largely unpublished, and in some cases it is limited to animal cells.…

Saving People’s Lives: Why It’s Exciting To Go To Work Every Day

By | May 18, 2005 | Comments Off on Saving People’s Lives: Why It’s Exciting To Go To Work Every Day

I have had the privilege of working in the healthcare industry since 1983, joining my first biotechnology startup company in 1985. Just like physics had many of its heady years in the early part of the 20th century, the last 30 years have been similarly exciting times in biology. And there is no end in…

Giuliani: Imported Pharma Drugs are Risky

By Marc Comtois | April 28, 2005 | Comments Off on Giuliani: Imported Pharma Drugs are Risky

A new report by Rudy Giuliani has found some flaws in importing drugs from other countries for use in the U.S. I note that the report was commissioned by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association, so that must be weighed. But I would also stress that Giuliani has certainly shown his integrity in the past.…

A Lifeguard for the Ocean

By Justin Katz | April 27, 2005 | Comments Off on A Lifeguard for the Ocean

Providence Journal editor Don Sockol ends with a question a piece that laments his daughter’s fear of losing healthcare if she returns to Rhode Island, loses whatever job allowed her to move back, and loses her health insurance: There’s been talk about school systems banding into larger purchasing groups to cut health-insurance costs. What if…

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