Category Archives: Money & Medicine

Under peace’d, over crisis’d

I don’t know about you, but I am truly sick of the healthcare crisis. There is a new crisis every year at health insurance renewal season (coming soon!), and then at least a few liberally sprinkled in between renewals.  Epi-pen … Continue reading

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The band is still playing

Missteps, politics, and controversy hampered AIDS research and prevention in the 1980s – costing us literally thousands of lives.  “And the Band Played On”, Randy Shilts’s excellent account of the early days of AIDS,  would be less disheartening if we … Continue reading

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Tunnel vision

We’ve all done it – over-focused on a deadline or an event and lost track of other things, which then became crises.   “Tunneling” works, sort of, when we’re talking about working overtime for a month, and then catching up with … Continue reading

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Haggle-free Hepatitis C

Recipe for a good haggle session: A buyer who can walk away at any time. A seller who does not want the buyer to walk away. Tweak one of those ingredients and you might have a transaction, but not a … Continue reading

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Bucks and Butts

Remember your first raise?  I do!  I got the maximum raise allowed – 50 cents an hour.  I remember feeling good, holding my head a little higher, shoulders a little squarer.  What happens when a whole community gets a raise?  … Continue reading

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The Eternal Life of Bad Ideas

Bad ideas often have long and successful careers.  Plenty of people still think autism is caused by vaccines despite a deluge of evidence to the contrary.  The worst are ideas that gain urban legend status and no one beats them … Continue reading

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The long and short of it

We create health over a lifetime.  We create profits in three- or twelve-month bits.  Herein lays a fundamental problem of health insurance – the clash of short-term and long-term. Health insurers are frantic about how much medical care newly insured … Continue reading

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Parasites and Profits

Martin Shkreli may be the poster boy for Big Pharma greed, after raising the price of a parasite treatment from $13 per pill to $750. But he’s merely a manifestation of our love-hate relationship with greed. Let’s start with feeling … Continue reading

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Abortion: War and Peace

If you thought – as I did – that pro-choice and pro-life will never reach a truce, take heart and read Kurt Eichenwald’s America’s Abortion Wars (and How to End Them). It is the best article I have ever read … Continue reading

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Price, Cost, and other Lies

Maybe you missed the memo (as I did), but the health care cost crisis is solved! This news somehow has escaped notice since 2011, when a modest article appeared in the Harvard Business Review: “The Big Idea: How to Solve … Continue reading

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