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INTERVIEW: AIDS Epidemic In India


July 26th, 2007

Editor’s Note: Health Affairs’deputy editor Parmeeth Atwal spoke recently with Ashok Alexander, director of Avahan, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s HIV prevention initiative in India. Health Affairs devoted its current July/August issue to “Global Health Financing” with support from the Gates Foundation. The Numbers Atwal: The World Health Organization (WHO) and Indian health officials […]

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CHILDREN: The Dueling SCHIP Numbers


July 26th, 2007

The House Ways and Means Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee majorities yesterday released their mark-up reauthorizing the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. The House bill, known as the CHAMP act, differs significantly from the Senate Finance Committee’s bill in scope, but both bills reject estimates from the Department of Health and Human Services of the number of uninsured children.  On […]

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BLOG: Health Wonk Review On Universal Coverage And More


July 26th, 2007

Bob Laszewski of the Health Care Policy and Marketplace Review blog hosts a terrific edition today of the Health Wonk Review. In his round-up of health policy blogs he highlights Joe Paduda’s continuing series on universal coverage; posts on insurance prices; Singapore as a medical tourist destination; electronic health records; and more.

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POLICY: Does History Matter?


July 24th, 2007

Besides short-term budgetary or political advantage, what considerations enter into policy pronouncements made by health care decisionmakers? Does history enter into it? And do they really ask themselves if what they know to be true actually has a factual basis? A recent paper posted on the British History & Policy web site considers this question […]

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BRIEFING: Are We Any Closer To Portable Health Information?


July 20th, 2007

The Santa Barbara County Care Data Exchange was one of the most ambitious and publicized health data collection experiments in the country. But ten years after its inception, the project failed. At a time when the United States is seeking to expand the use of interoperable health information technology (IT) through regional data exchanges, what […]

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OBESITY: Is Britain’s “Fat Tax” A Good Idea?


July 18th, 2007

The rising prevalence of obesity is said to be threatening to drown the health care system under a wave of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. So some policymakers have suggested taxing foods high in saturated fats as a way to steer consumers clear of snacks that are bad for them and perhaps offset coming health care […]

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BLOG: Insurance Wonks On Cavalcade Of Risk


July 18th, 2007

Richard Eskow of the blog The Sentinel Effect hosts today’s Cavalcade Of Risk. This blog carnival is a round-up of insurance-related blogposts. On the health care side of insurance, there are posts on such topics as universal coverage, electronic health IT records, insurance premium pricing, and more.

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GLOBAL HEALTH: New Health Affairs Issue Looks At Catastrophic Spending, AIDS Vaccines, And More


July 17th, 2007

At least 150 million people worldwide suffer financial catastrophe each year and 100 million are pushed under the poverty level simply because they need to pay for health services, according to new World Health Organization (WHO) research published July 16 in the July/August issue of Health Affairs. The researchers found that countries could reduce the extent of health-related […]

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SCHIP POLITICS: Deja Vu All Over Again For Covering Kids?


July 16th, 2007

The Senate Finance Committee mark-up of the SCHIP reauthorization bill features a compromise increase of $35 billion for five years. The Bush administration requested a $5 billion increase, and the Finance Committee chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) had proposed a $50 billion increase in March. In its barest outlines, the bill recalls the initial SCHIP (State Children’s Health […]

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CLASSIC HEALTH AFFAIRS: Reinhardt And Relman Debate For-Profit Medicine, Medical Ethics


July 13th, 2007

Editor’s Note: As Health Affairs celebrates its 25th anniversary, we look back at some health policy highlights of the past quarter century—many of which are still highly relevant to today’s debates. Watch this space for regular postings on the “classics.” On June 12, 1986, the Wall Street Journal stated: “If you read nothing else this […]

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BLOG: A Review Of Medical Journal Blogs


July 13th, 2007

Increasingly, medical journals and publications are jumping into the fray with a variety of blogs. Individual blogs by doctors, nurses, and other health professionals have long been the norm. Indeed, one of the most highly read health blogs is Random Acts of Reality, a British blog by an EMT working for the London Ambulance Service. […]

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BLOG: Health Wonk Review Bloggers on SiCKO and More


July 12th, 2007

Today’s edition of the Health Wonk Review, hosted by Jay Norris of Colorado Health Insurance Insider, leads off with posts from around the health policy blogosphere on Michael Moore’s controversial movie, SiCKO. Want to know what John Goodman thinks of the movie? Read on. The Health Wonk Review is a biweekly compendium of the best of […]

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REDESIGNING CARE: Jamie Robinson Interviews Virginia Mason CEO Gary Kaplan


July 10th, 2007

Editor’s Note: Why have so few provider groups undertaken the self-analysis that the Virginia Mason Medical Center (VMMC) entered into through its use of the famed Toyota Production System, even before Aetna and large employers began to push VMMC to cut costs? This is just one question posed by James C. Robinson, Berkeley economist and […]

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BRIEFING: Financing And Improving Global Health Care


July 9th, 2007

What role should the U.S. government play in confronting global health challenges? What are Congress’s priorities for the reauthorization of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and how much should be invested in research to help stem the AIDS pandemic? How can we protect 150 million people globally from suffering financial catastrophe each […]

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BLOG: Global Health Featured On Google.org Blog


July 5th, 2007

Google.org, the philanthropic arm of Google, has just this week launched a blog that will focus on its areas of concern: global public health, climate change, and economic development and poverty.

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REFORM: Musings On SiCKO, July 4th, And Visions Of America


July 3rd, 2007

Michael Moore closes his movie SiCKO with a quotation from Alexis de Tocqueville. His paean to French social welfare benefits perhaps has to end with a Frenchman’s unique view of America, but a more appropriate lament for the state of America’s vision of ourselves should come from an earlier source, from the pen of one […]

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BLOG: Top 10 Health Affairs Blog Posts For June: Effectiveness, EBM, And More


July 3rd, 2007

This past month the most-read posts on the Health Affairs Blog focused particularly on the quest for value and quality via evidence-based medicine (EBM), comparative effectiveness lessons from the UK, and new research on quality and P4P. Other highly read posts covered the continuing presidential campaign and state health reform debates; immigration policy; and a […]

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