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Is the entire US healthcare system worthless?

Most Americans think that our healthcare system is worth spending a lot of money, but there is some research that indicates that it doesn’t make people healthier! For example, Ross Douthat criticized Republicans for not repealing Obamacare because he doesn’t

Posted in Health

Fact checking Vox’s new product placement series. (They blew it on Pedialyte.)

Vox.com has a new series called The Goods whose first article has the kind of journalistic quality (or lack thereof) you would expect in a series that seems to be purely about product placement. The article, by Kaitlyn Tiffany, is about

Posted in Development, Health

Republicans hate Obamacare but love what it does and whereas Democrats love it more than what it does

NBC News did an experiment in 2014, four years after Obamacare was enacted. They polled half of their sample of Kentucky voters about what they thought of “Obamacare”, and asked the other half about “Kynect”, the Kentucky implementation of Obamacare.

Posted in Health

Why are doctors willing to publish displays of ignorance of basic health economics?

In the Atlantic magazine, Rena Xu recently published an essay arguing that “electronic medical records and demanding regulations [are] contributing to a historic doctor shortage.” Although there are some grains of truth in the article, it is bullsh*t because it

Posted in Health

The biggest health achievement in the United States in the last half century?

Kristof @ NYT: Let’s break for a quiz: What was the biggest health care breakthrough in the last 40 years in the United States? Heart bypasses? CAT scans and M.R.I.’s? New cancer treatments? No, it was the cigarette tax. Every

Posted in Health, Millionaire Superheroes

Drinking culture in Central America is about the opposite of what you see on Cinco de Mayo in the US

I spent last fall in Guatemala, so I was surprised to discover that Guatemala has about the lowest per-capita alcohol consumption of any predominantly Christian nation. Latin America actually drinks less than the rest of Western Civilization and most of

Posted in Globalization & International, Health

Would universal health care boost growth in developing nations?

The Economist Magazine argues that the entire world should adopt universal health care because universal health care is both desirable and possible, even in low-income countries. Some countries achieved near-universal coverage when they were still relatively poor. Japan reached 80%

Posted in Development, Health

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