Archive for the ‘Population Health’ 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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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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Should Our Government Use Wellbeing Statistics?

August 21, 2019 | Wellbeing Indicators

Should our government use wellbeing indicators? “Our Gross National Product…counts air pollution and cigarette advertising…special locks for our doors and the jails for the people who break them. It counts the destruction of the redwood and the loss of our natural wonder in chaotic sprawl. It counts napalm and counts nuclear warheads and armored cars …

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Why is the U.S. only ranked 35th in population health?

March 22, 2019 | Health Care

Why is the U.S. only the 35th healthiest country in the world?    According to the 2019 Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index, the U.S. ranks 35th out of 169 countries. Even though we are the 11th wealthiest country in the world, we are behind pretty much all developed economies in terms of health. In the Americas, not just Canada …

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