The U.S. Surgeon General is afraid you don’t hangout enough with friends. Seriously, in the Information Age when people have never been more connected, he believes loneliness a public health crisis. Calling it an epidemic of loneliness, the Surgeon General’s report spans 81 pages including references.
- “Longer life with no greater proportion lived in good health equals more years in poor health—statistically, for the population at large.” Interesting throughout, with implications for research and public policy priorities.
- Obesity drugs could save Medicare $100 billion a year.
- 40% of privately insured patients receive no preventive care, despite the ACA mandate for free coverage.
- David Henderson grades the US on how far we have come toward achieving Karl Marx’s ten public policy goals.
- Monopoly matters: “in states in which the market share of the dominant health insurer exceeded 71 percent…[that] payer, on average, paid 14.7 percent less to hospitals than market-leading insurers in more competitive insurance markets.”
Actually, the mandates don’t actually end until “May 11, the same day that the COVID-19 public health emergency ends.”
The Committee to Unleash Prosperity comments:
It was clear by late 2021 that the vaccines had no meaningful effect on transmission, and that prior infection was at least as protective as vaccination. These mandates have been pure drama ever since, and the United States is among the last countries in the world to still impose them. They backfired in many ways-making many millions of Americans suspicious of Big Brother orders requiring the shots.
The human language artificial intelligence ‘chatbot’ ChatGPT scored higher on empathy than its human counterparts in a recent study of medical questions and answers. When compared to human doctors the AI chatbots answers were preferred 80% of the time. The study appeared in JAMA Internal Medicine. The study used questions from Reddit’s AskDocs social media forum. One possible weakness about…