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HPV vaccination rates in adolescent females by state political views
Cause evidently I have nothing better to do, I answered my own question. Here's a chart I made of HPV vaccination rates in adolescent females by state
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AcademyHealth: Sometimes good intentions lead to bad results
I've long been concerned about implementing public health policy without really studying it. Sometimes, it's because I worry the policy won't work. Sometimes,
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What’s the Value of Medicaid? Who Really Benefits?
Harold Pollak, Timothy Jost, and I have a piece in The American Prospect about why we need Medicaid and how we should improve it. We discuss an important
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Potential supply sensitive care in NICUs is a growing problem
Online in JAMA Pediatrics today, "Epidemiologic Trends in Neonatal Intensive Care, 2007-2012": Importance Neonatal intensive care has been highly effective
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Healthcare Triage: What is Flibanserin (AKA “Female Viagra”)?
“Female Viagra” and regular or “male” Viagra were both originally investigated as treatments for conditions other than sexual dysfunction. Viagra came out of
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Hospitals’ Medicare margins
Brad Flansbaum drew my attention to this testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee by Mark Miller, Executive Director of the Medicare Payment Advisory
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I’m not getting through to adolescents about the HPV vaccine
New data on vaccination rates among 13-17-year-olds have been released by the CDC. In 2014, more than 87% of adolescents had received at least one dose of Tdap.
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The Evidence Supports Artificial Sweeteners Over Sugar
The following originally appeared on The Upshot (copyright 2015, The New York Times Company). In the last few years, I’ve watched a continuing battle among my
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Could Congress restore access to Medicare and Medicaid data?
In Austin’s and my ongoing crusade to restore researchers’ access to substance-use data from Medicare and Medicaid, we’ve pinned our hopes on the Substance
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The policy impact of health economics
In a well-referenced paper, Sherry Glied and Erin Miller summarized the history of health economics research and its policy impact, with emphasis in the second
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Read, or nearly: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, by Yuval Noah Harari—At over 400 pages, it's not that brief, but it's worth it. It's my kind of
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Contemplating health care with a focus on research, an eye on reform.
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The Incidental Economist is a blog (mostly) about the U.S. health care system and its organization, how it works, how it fails us, and what to do about it. All blog authors have professional expertise in an area relevant to the health care system. We are researchers and professors in health economics, law, or health services. By avocation and as bloggers we're actively trying to understand our health care system and make it better. Our goal is to help you understand it too, and to empower you with research-validated information so you can be a more informed observer of or participant in the ongoing debate over how to reform our system.