Category Archives: Health

Grace Marie Turner on Health Savings Accounts (HSAs)–a wonderful idea

Grace Marie and I met many, many years ago when I was working with the Texas Public Policy Foundation as an unpaid advisor. She has always been a high flying healthcare policy wonk, advocate, writer lecturer.

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Medicare sustainable growth adjustment (SGR) this time crushed rather than kicked down the road

I knew this would happen–politicians finally crush the problem rather than making excuses for not implementing the plan to reduce physician fees. Easy fix, pretend the problem is not there instead of facing an unpleasant reaction from the physician community.
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NOT Junk: Seeing The Light On Myopia

A friend of mine loves telling the story of the quintessential teacher’s pet—a grammar school classmate of his in New York City. As he tells it, while the rest of the kids went out for recess, this particular boy usually stayed inside, peering at a book. At one point, the teacher admonished him to go outside and play with the rest of the class. He politely refused, and even asked if there were some assignment she could give him, for extra credit.

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A better pneumococcal vaccine

This report shows a vaccine related reduction in pneumococcal pneumonia of about half and a similar reduction in systemic pneumococcal infections.

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Bamstercare falls short of its coverage predictions says CBO

This is a big shocker, he lied? Or Gruber lied? Or the Dems Lied?

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Routine heart screening?

So I have enjoyed good health and haven’t had an EKG for decades. Only reason I got a chest x-ray in the last 20 years was rib fractures from a horse kick and a water skiing fall.

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A Look At Overdiagnosis

The term “overdiagnosis” came into vogue in 2011, with the publication of best seller Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health, by MDs H. Gilbert Welch, Lisa Schwartz, and Steve Woloshin. As lead author Welch explains in his introduction: “While the term sounds like it means simply ‘excessive diagnosis,’ it actually has a more precise meaning. Overdiagnosis occurs when individuals are diagnosed with conditions that will never cause symptoms or death.”

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