Worth reading: Dollars for docs, lead in the water, and risk pools

A few of the recent pieces I've liked:

Charles Ornstein, Ryann Grochowski Jones and Mike Tigas at ProPublica: Now There’s Proof: Docs Who Get Company Cash Tend to Prescribe More Brand-Name Meds

Anna North in the New York Times: What Planned Parenthood Really Does

Alison Young and Mark Nichols in USA TODAY: Beyond Flint: Excessive lead levels found in almost 2,000 water systems across all 50 states

David Roberts at Vox: How your taxes ended up enriching coal executives who are betraying their workers

Rick Jacobus at Shelterforce: Why We Must Build (“We can’t build our way out of the housing crisis … but we won’t get out without building.”)

Linda Blumberg and John Holahan at the Health Affairs Blog: Don’t Let The Talking Points Fool You: It’s All About The Risk Pool


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I wonder why so many people seem to be surprised that advertising a drug to a doctor increases that doctor's prescribing of that drug? Human response to advertising has got to be one of the more studied areas of social science/psychology.

I mean, if it didn't work, why would the drug companies spend money on it? They're not stupid. Profit driven, sure, but not stupid.

By JustaTech (not verified) on 22 Mar 2016 #permalink