- Just how bad will this flu season be?
- The generic share of total prescriptions dispensed in the US increased from 14% when the Hatch-Waxman legislation was passed in 1984 to 42% by 2000 and 92% today.
- The Sahel is a semi-arid region along the southern edge of the Sahara desert, where the population is near Malthusian equilibrium.
- Does walking produce good ideas. HT: Tyler
- What can you do with your FSA? Yes, on an emotional support cat. No, on a knee replacement for the cat. No, on sex toys.
Inflation and the economy was the top single most important issue among voters, with just over half (51%) saying it was their top concern. Abortion and reproductive rights ranked second, with roughly one-fourth saying it was their top concern. This was even higher for women under age 50, one-third of which said it was their top concern. Reproductive rights was a ballot initiative in numerous states.
Just like a neglected girlfriend, you doctor may dump you if you don’t see her often enough. I don’t have a primary care doctor. My previous doctor was an Internist named Paul Craig. When I last called for an appointment several years ago in mid February his office staff told me he was retiring at the end of the month and was booked through the end of the February. Perhaps my irregular appointments were the reason he retired. I ended up being able to see a specialist who saw me without a referral.
A few years ago, I wrote about a novel experiment in California that used reference prices to encourage CalPERS beneficiaries to choose lower-cost, high-quality facilities when seeking joint replacement. One experiment capped the price CalPERS was willing to pay for joint replacement at $30,000. Patients could seek care at any provider, but they would be responsible for all charges above the reference price. In addition, CalPERS gave beneficiaries a list of high-quality hospitals that would perform the surgery for $30,000. The result after two years was that patients shifted to the lower-cost hospitals. High-cost hospitals began matching prices for CalPERS patients.