Category Archives: Money & Medicine

Tinkerbell Meets Health Policy

Tinkerbell is rescued from near death by the audience clapping their hands showing their faithful belief in her.  The “Tinkerbell effect” describes things that exist only because we agree to believe in them –like the value of dollar bills or … Continue reading

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Small & Exciting or Big & Boring

Two hot investments for you to consider: Start-Up Ace’s product adds 10 or more years of longevity for most people and a very broad group of people are candidates. It improves not only the person’s health status, but also their … Continue reading

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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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