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Another ineffective health care treatment Americans waste money on

Gabrielle Glasier writes in The Atlantic about the problems of alcohol abuse and how it is treated in America. The United States already spends about $35 billion a year on alcohol- and substance-abuse treatment, yet heavy drinking causes 88,000 deaths

Posted in Health, Labor

Dismal state of dentistry

Julie Beck wrote that In America, we treat the mouth separately from the rest of the body, a bizarre situation that Mary Otto explores in her new book, Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in

Posted in Health

The Lead Conspiracy

How much money would you require to be paid to voluntarily put yourself through lead poisoning that makes you sick without killing you? Some people would do it for a few million dollars. This helps explain why people lie and

Posted in Health, Public Finance

Mind the gap in life expectancy WITHIN America

We read a lot about the growing political divide in America and we hear a lot of commentary about the two Americas in terms of income inequality.  But a bigger inequality problem is the gap in life expectancy.  Here’s a

Posted in Health

The expected value of potential lives lost during atomic testing

Rob Reid wrote a great explanation of the horrible risk taken during the Manhattan Project, when American nuclear scientists took a chance estimated at one-in-three million that the first atomic test would create a chain reaction that would ignite the

Posted in Globalization & International, Health, Managerial Micro, Violence & Peace

A public conspiracy to protect pharmaceutical profits at taxpayer expense

Every so often I get requests to sign a petition supporting various business interests. The petitions are promoted by fly-by-night “organizations” that are fronts for lobbyists like EconomistLetter.com.  Lately I’ve been getting emails from ConcernedEconomists.org that are worried about the pharmaceutical industry’s

Posted in Health, Public Finance

Monopolistic competition in health care

According to Modern Healthcare magazine, medical ambulances charged between $26,000 and over a half million dollars for each individual flight in North Dakota over the past four years. The prices averaged around $60,000 which is extremely steep given that almost

Posted in Health, Public Finance

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