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We don’t have a government-run system. But our system is so expensive that our government’s partial role is pricier than the whole of government-run systems. via voices.washingtonpost.com Absorb that: Our supposedly efficient supposedly free-market healthcare system costs us more in government spending alone than other countries spend on government-run systems. Posted via web from David…

Pardon my light posting lately. Flat out with big projects, travel, and the stacking of the wood for the winter. This, however, is what has jumped out at me from the intertubez of late: Meet the New Health Care Reform, Same as the Old Health Care Reform At Top Schools, More Than Half the Profs…

Top 5 Neuron Culture Posts for October

A bit early yet, but as I’m traveling the rest of the month, here’s my top 5 over the last month. 1. The Weird History of Adjuvants, in which we ponder the inclusion of eye of newt and such in vaccines, and the strangeness of the fact that dirty is good. 2. Why is the…

The healthcare debate in Lincoln, NE, earlier this year. photo: Nat Harnik, AP, via the NY Times The tone of discussions of reform in both Congress and the blogosphere has changed remarkably over the last few days. It’s gone from pessimistic to optimistic, and from a sense of retreat and a whittling away of substantive…

Ezra Klein thinks it might. “We’re America,” Max Baucus likes to say. “Which means we have to write a uniquely American solution.” But the health-care solution that actually seems to be emerging in Congress — which looks like the health-care solutions proposed by Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John Edwards during the campaign — isn’t…

Some things you can’t hear too many times. By Jacob Goldstein If there’s any way out of our current health-care morass, it’s this: In health care, more expensive care is often no better than less expensive care. We were reminded of this fact by a front-page story in this morning’s WSJ, which points out that…

The Power of Anecdote

The morning papers are filled with relevant health reform stories, but two stand out. They weren’t reported by journalists, but were experience-based opinion pieces offered by people on the front lines of delivering and insuring health care. The first comes from the Washington Post, where a family practice physician reports on the battery of tests…

A few years ago, a friend of mine gave birth to a daughter, her second child. A few weeks into the child’s life, it became apparent she was suffering from cerebral palsy. Not long after, my friend, whom I’ll call Carol, bumped into her ob/gyn doctor on the street and told him about her daughter’s…

Never know what’ll top the charts. Top post was a post I put up in January, “Pfizer takes $2.3 billion offl-label marketing fine.” That post reported the news (via FiercePharma) that Pfizer had tucked away in its financial disclosure forms a $2.3 billion charge to end the federal investigation into allegations of off-label promotions of…

As Congress debates healthcare reform, we often hear that hopes for comprehensive reform — fundamental changes, like a public plan or a radical, Netherlands-like overhaul of regulation — simply aren’t realistic. I hope to explore later why this seems so to those casting the votes. In the meantime, a couple reports make an interesting juxtaposition: