Consider the CDC studies on school mask mandates, which have uniformly claimed benefits. Two researchers at the University of Toronto and University of California, Davis recently sought to replicate a CDC study that found that pediatric Covid cases increased faster in U.S. counties that didn’t have school mask mandates compared with those that did….
As another example, recall the CDC’s widely cited studies last fall that purportedly found vaccines provide better protection than natural immunity from infection…. But a new study, published this month in the New England Journal of Medicine, finds that natural immunity provides more-durable and stronger protection than vaccines.
- Healthier is wealthier: “We find that the intervention [to prevent heart disease] significantly increased earnings by 3 percent and family income by 4 percent with no concurrent effect on labor force participation.”
- Can Public Choice explain why health care has been relatively unaffected by inflation? Speculative.
- Your health data might be for sale.
- After learning that McKinsey urged Purdue to “turbocharge” sales of OxyContin (widely blamed for the opioid crisis), we now learn that it has been urging Endo to aggressively market a painkiller that is twice as potent.
- NY Health Department advises users to consume fentanyl “safely.”
- Colorado gets permission to include a public option in its (Obamacare) exchange. But as Ed Haislmaier and I showed, this won’t matter as long as the playing field is level.
- Buprenorphine is highly effective at preventing overdoses and treating opioid use disorder; but enrollees in Medicaid managed care rarely see a doctor who prescribes it. Even so, that’s better than regular Medicaid.
- Another article on medical debt, missing Devon Herrick’s point that Obamacare is the reason for its rise.
- Responding to the Roe decision, Matt Holt completely loses it. Lesson for us all: don’t write blog posts when you are having a temper tantrum.
- If housing is a health care issue, should Medicaid pay the rent?
A survey found that nearly 90% of doctors believe barriers erected by health insurance plans have negatively impacted patient care. The survey also found that doctors are so fed up that two-thirds would not recommend a career in medicine while nearly half (48%) are considering leaving medicine for another career. The survey was 600 physicians with practices in primary care.