Health

Ezra Klein on Health Insurance Exchanges

Ezra Klein is one of my must-reads on the whole health care reform situation. He digests all those white papers, position papers and the like, and then spells out the most salient points. The mechanism that makes it possible to get a better deal on insurance is the Health Insurance Exchange. The Health Insurance Exchange, […]

Are health insurance companies like all other for-profit ventures?

Nate Silver at 538 (He called the 2008 election with the most accurate breakdown of electoral votes) parses the difference between your standard profit-making business and how health insurance works. I’m a big believer in the profit motive in 99 percent of all cases. If the government decided to open a non-profit hamburger stand, I […]

Restrictions May Apply

This American Life, episode 386: Fine Print. (still available for download through end of week) Act 3: Restrictions May Apply. For all the bullshitting politicians and insurance co lobbyists who say “no, no, we don’t need reform to health care, no no, slow down, no no, it’s fine as it is,” take a listen. Ira […]

A movie for C, who may be getting a new liver today

A friend of mine may be getting a liver transplant today. Don’t know for sure yet, it’s still the waiting time. I’ve read other transplant blog entries about how the day that IT happens is usually a long day. Anyway, I’m reading the blog, donorcycle, by a transplant coordinator nurse (why she does what she […]

More helpful flu links

Why are people dying in Mexico but not the U.S.? An English translation of an op-ed written by someone who’s lived both north and south of the border. “I suspect that it has to do with the difference in health care systems of the two countries.” How false rumors can cost lives “I have said […]

While we’re on the topic of flu

First flu victim Edgar Hernandez — young boy is referred to as a possible Typhoid Mary. LA Times story, DowJones He’s from an area near a Smithfield-owned factory hog farm, where the stench from the pig waste is downright foul. I’ve been watching news of that farm for a few days. There are claims and […]

Swine Flu: Don’t panic, but pay attention

The news stories about the outbreak of a new flu in Mexico (with cases reported in Texas and California) is something to keep an eye on. Here’s an informative post outlining the situation. Want more info? Twitter tags: #swineflu Also: Center for Disease Control’s Swine Flu page (don’t overlook two sublinks from that page) Gov […]

The Good Doctor

The Human Whisperer: A profile of Abraham Verghese, a new faculty member at Stanford Medical School. Verghese is both doctor and writer. His memoir, My Own Country: A Doctor’s Story, about treating patients in Tennessee at the outbreak of the AIDS epidemic, has received rave reviews for the extraordinary portraits of his patients. Stanford alumni […]

Insomnia: medicine, authority, and disaster prep

Can’t sleep, dammit. It has everything to do with a medical bill that arrived in the mail today. For treatment rendered in August, just before the Democratic National Convention (yes, when they talked about “medical care” during the convention, I listened up, having just darkened a hospital door.) I was out of town, I wasn’t […]