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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 completely misses the main

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, 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

Why I was (probably) wrong about the coming collapse of Obamacare

I’ve been teaching the conventional wisdom which says that a Bismarck-style universal health insurance program like Romneycare and Obamacare is like a three-legged stool. The three legs that hold up universal healthcare Bismarck systems like Obamacare are supposed to be:

Posted in Health

Lost secrets of happiness or at least avoiding depression

Tim Harford reviewed a new book, The Origins of Happiness, which argues that happiness should guide government policy. Richard Layard has long argued that depression is an avoidable disease which should be one of the top health priorities of government. Unfortunately,

Posted in Health

Beer Companies Don’t Care About The Median Drinker

Updated February 9, 2018 Mark Kleiman has done some of the most insightful policy analysis of illegal drugs available.  He argues that home grown marijuana should be legal (and polls show that the majority of Americans have agreed for some

Posted in Health, Labor, Medianism

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