Archive for the ‘Healthcare’ Category

Coronavirus Crisis: U.S. States & Local Government Financial Challenges, and Impact on Public Health

State and Local Government Financial Challenges Caused by the Coronavirus Crisis, and Impact on Public Health ETIENNE DEFFARGES The U.S. government has provided a lot of financial relief to American households, small and large businesses, and hospitals to help mitigate the devastating economic and health impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The CARES Act totals nearly …

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When Will We Know If Lifting Coronavirus Lockdowns Is “Working?”

May 10, 2020 | Lockdown

When will we know if lifting lockdowns is “working,” and what would prompt us to fall back into additional lockdowns?   In the countries and U.S. states that implemented well crafted “reopening” plans, the scientific and medical criteria that convinced their governments it was safe to lift lockdowns to allow their people to go back …

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A Very Relevant Question in Times of Pandemic: Can Medicare for All Work?

April 30, 2020 | Medicare for All

Can Medicare for All Work? With U.S. voters consistently putting healthcare at the very top of their concerns, it is no surprise that Medicare for All (MFA) has garnered a lot of attention during the very competitive 2020 Democratic presidential primary. In terms of definition, let’s keep it simple and assume that MFA means a …

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A Week in March in the U.S. During the Coronavirus Pandemic

March 25, 2020 | Coronavirus

A Week in March During the Coronavirus Pandemic   March 17, 2020: Why “flatten the curve” is a big deal in the Coronavirus crisis   Several recent studies have shown the “infection adoption” curve at the outset of the Coronavirus pandemic to be very similar in China, South Korea, Italy, Spain, France and Germany. Apart …

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Effective Strategies to Reduce Costs and Utilization in US Healthcare

March 24, 2020 | Economy

How to Reduce US Healthcare Costs  (Published March 18, 2020) Our healthcare costs keep increasing much faster than inflation, year after year. According to figures released in December 2019 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the annual growth rate of healthcare spending was 4.6% in 2018, vs. 3.9% in 2017, 4.8% …

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The Future of Healthcare: Interview Published in Authority Magazine on June 5, 2019

June 14, 2019 | Healthcare

The Future of Healthcare: “We must free medicare to negotiate with the pharmaceutical companies” with Etienne Deffarges, serial healthcare entrepreneur Christina D. Warner Jun 5 Cut the cost of drugs. We need to stop protecting our pharmaceutical companies by freeing their largest purchaser, Medicare, to negotiate with them, and allowing lower-cost imports from reputable countries. U.S. Drug …

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What Could “Medicare for All” Look Like for Main Street Americans

November 2, 2018 | Medicare for All

What Could “Medicare for All” Look Like for Main Street Americans? Looking beyond the (too) narrow choice between the status-quo and a single payer solution  Our November 6, 2018 midterm elections are four days away, and over 70% of Americans tell pollsters that health care is their number one concern. Many in the U.S. worry …

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The November 6 Midterm Elections and Their Impact on Obamacare

November 1, 2018 | Obamacare as Law of the Land

The November 6 Midterm Elections and Their Impact on Obamacare  A Q&A on the ACA and the upcoming elections   What is the likelihood the ACA will be repealed? This straightforward question has a very simple answer: It depends on the results of the upcoming November 6 U.S. congressional elections. If the Republicans retain control …

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A Rare Moment of Bipartisanship in U.S. Healthcare

October 22, 2018 | Increasing Pharma Competition

The end of “gag orders” prohibiting pharmacists from informing patients on the cheapest way to buy prescription drugs On September 18 of this year, Congress passed a couple of bipartisan bills in health care: These two bills, one for Medicare and Medicare Advantage beneficiaries, and the other for employer-sponsored and individual health coverage, were passed …

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Letter published in August 31 Financial Times, in response to the 8/29/18 FT article, “Nordic lessons for today’s socialists.”

Voters want decisive change towards a fairer type of capitalism (Letter published in the 8/31/18 edition of the Financial Times)   I liked Martin Sandbu’s article, “Nordic lessons for today’s socialists” (August 29), and its compelling description of the Nordic model. I agree with him when he mentions Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and …

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