America’s inefficient health-care system: another lookhttp://lanekenworthy.net/2011/07/10/americas-inefficient-health-care-system-another-look/
"Our gain in life expectancy per additional health spending is much smaller than in other countries, particularly after the early 1980s when we reached expenditures of about $2,500 per person (in 2005 dollars) and life expectancy of around 74-75 years.
The advantage of analyzing country differences in change is that it takes constant nation-specific factors out of play. It’s not a foolproof analytical strategy, but it reduces the likelihood of mistakenly inferring causation from correlation."
Uwe Reinhart, http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/10/producing-more-primary-care-doctors/
"A more plausible theory is that residents themselves amply reimburse teaching hospitals for the cost of training by the long hours they work at wages far below what these residents add to the hospitals’ revenue. With proper managerial accounting, I maintain, residency programs would be found to produce net profits at teaching hospitals — as the hospitals would quickly learn if they had to replace the labor of residents with regular, similarly skilled employees...
If, by law, teaching hospitals were prohibited from paying residents in some specialties any stipends, these residents might view the need to borrow $50,000 or so annually for living expenses as a sound investment, at least in theory.
Drs. Bach and Kocher appear to believe that an adequate number of medical-school graduates would see it that way — but also that some now choosing specialty training would opt for primary-care training instead.
But such forfeiture of their salaries for several years might alter the attitudes these specialists would subsequently bring to medical practice — and the fees they might charge for services and care. In medical parlance, the Bach-Kocher treatment might have unintended and untoward side effects. It behooves policy makers to think of them."
On Addiction Treatmenthttp://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/11/health/11addictions.html?smid=tw-nytimes&seid=auto
"In the latest evidence, 10 medical institutions have just introduced the first accredited residency programs in addiction medicine, where doctors who have completed medical school and a primary residency will be able to spend a year studying the relationship between addiction and brain chemistry."
In Defense of Antidepressantshttp://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/10/opinion/sunday/10antidepressants.html?pagewanted=all
Antioxidants don't work, but no one wants to hear it.
"In fact, as Emily Anthes wrote last year in Slate, the best available data demonstrate that antioxidants are bad for you—so long as you count an increased risk of death as "bad.""