Healthcare

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…

Reform All Around

By Justin Katz | April 2, 2005 | Comments Off on Reform All Around

I’d already added the Patients First Coalition to the list of links at left, but looking at their “Fast Facts on Why Rhode Island Needs Medical Liability Reform,” I thought the following particularly noteworthy: 48% of physicians planning to leave Rhode Island within the next three years to practice elsewhere cite Rhode Island’s high malpractice…

Can Ohio’s BestRX Drug Plan be Projected Nationally?

By Marc Comtois | January 13, 2005 | Comments Off on Can Ohio’s BestRX Drug Plan be Projected Nationally?

I was intrigued by an Op-Ed in today’s Providence Journal by Teresa Heinz (she dropped the Kerry!) and Jeffrey R. Lewis (“Extend Ohio drug plan across U.S“) that trumpeted the “success” of Ohio’s just-implemented BestRX plan. With a critical eye, one derived from a predisposition to mistrust our almost-First Lady, I searched for corroborating evidence…

Imports and Price Controls for a Mature Nation

By Justin Katz | December 30, 2004 | Comments Off on Imports and Price Controls for a Mature Nation

The idea, which Marc noted in the previous post, that “Europeans and Canadians are able to get quality drugs at lower prices only because Americans pay free-market prices that fuel research and development” is one that I’ve touched on before. Michelle Malkin had made the point that the price negotiation practices of the Veterans Administration…

Projo Schizophrenic on Healthcare & Employment

By Justin Katz | December 28, 2004 |

As I noted at the time on Dust in the Light, the Providence Journal‘s editorial page recently made an astonishingly forward-looking suggestion: The problem of job quality is complex, involving trade, education and other issues. But we hope that political leaders will take an especially close look at the health-care factor. Our employment-based health-insurance system…

Health Care and “Big Pharma”: Laying the Groundwork for Debate

By Marc Comtois | December 27, 2004 | Comments Off on Health Care and “Big Pharma”: Laying the Groundwork for Debate

Froma Harrop’s latest jeremiad against the Bush Administration and pharmaceutical companies combined with the news that Michael Moore’s next target for a “documentary” is the pharmaceutical industry has finally prompted me to shake myself of my “healthcare debate” ennui. (Justin has admitted to the same malady in the past). Harrop’s recitiation of an oft-repeated theme…

From the Outside In

By Justin Katz | November 22, 2004 | Comments Off on From the Outside In

The Projo editorial board’s comments on recent healthcare happenings in the state mention a strategy — perhaps a necessity — with much broader application: We are unmoved by Blue Cross’s complaint that United is “an out-of-state for-profit company.” In all-too-cozy Rhode Island, being out-of-state can be an advantage, avoiding as it does the local cronyism…

Fixing Something Broken on Purpose

By Justin Katz | November 17, 2004 | Comments Off on Fixing Something Broken on Purpose

I’ve admitted before that I find healthcare to be an eye-glazing issue — especially in Rhode Island. Sometimes it seems reasonable to wonder whether that’s an effect that the industry actively encourages. As William Gamble’s analysis suggests (to my mind, anyway), Blue Cross of Rhode Island could hardly have been better designed for corruption if…

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