You Cannot Control Health Care Costs By Pushing Down Prices

You Cannot Control Health Care Costs By Pushing Down Prices

One of the very first things all students learn in their first economics course is the meaning of the word “cost.” They come to economics thinking that the cost of something is the priceyou must pay. Sometimes the two are equal. Often, they are not. In a field such as health care, cost and price are almost never the same. They are usually not even connected. It follows logically that if you try to control one of these variables by controlling the other, you will fail. And fail miserably. The social cost of…

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Brainstorm Health: Health Policy Valentine’s, NantHealth and Baxter, Cancer Deaths

Brainstorm Health: Health Policy Valentine’s, NantHealth and Baxter, Cancer Deaths

A happy Valentine’s Day to those of you who celebrate! I know, I know… Valentine’s can be a sore subject for some, whether for the inevitable singles-shaming, the overt money-grab nature of the whole affair, etc. But there’s a bright spot in all this for the health care nerds out there – and it’s called #HealthPolicyValentines. This is one of my favorite little social media events. Basically, a bunch of Very Online dorks get together and share lame (but brilliant!) puns that relate to health policy. I invite you to look…

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The best thing you can do for your health: sleep well

The best thing you can do for your health: sleep well

 ‘I revere and adore sleep (scientifically and personally)’ Photograph: Bogdandreava/Getty Images Do you think you got enough sleep this past week? Can you remember the last time you woke up without an alarm clock, feeling refreshed, not needing caffeine? If the answer to any of these questions is “no,” you are not alone. Two-thirds of adults throughout all developed nations fail to obtain the recommended eight hours of nightly sleep. Indeed, surveys by the UK Sleep Council and YouGov reveal that one out of every three people you pass on the streets of Britain…

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Healthy Food Makes You Happy: Research Shows A Healthy Diet Improves Your Mental Health

Healthy Food Makes You Happy: Research Shows A Healthy Diet Improves Your Mental Health

Young woman buying fresh red peppers at supermarket. She’s picking peppers from the shelf.GETTY Depression has many origins: genetic, triggered by a specific event or circumstance or lifestyle choices. But it is a disease of the brain, and researchers find that ensuring it receives the proper nutrients is a way to prevent and treat depression. In the future patients experiencing depression may not only be referenced to a therapist, but a nutritionist as well. It has long been understood that fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean, unprocessed proteins are the…

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Beaumont to build new $40 million mental health hospital in Dearborn

Beaumont to build new $40 million mental health hospital in Dearborn

Beaumont Health is to announce details Monday about its plan to build a new mental health hospital in Dearborn in conjunction with Pennsylvania-based Universal Health Services. Construction on the $40 million free-standing hospital is to begin in early 2019 on eight acres of vacant land on Oakwood Boulevard near the Southfield Freeway. When it opens, the hospital — Beaumont’s ninth — will have space for 150 beds and will be operated and managed by UHS, which also will be the majority owner. With the addition of the new hospital, Beaumont will double its capacity…

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11 Things Health Leaders Need To Know About Social Media & Marketing

11 Things Health Leaders Need To Know About Social Media & Marketing

Group of active senior people taking a selfie together during a picnic day. Of the more than 7 billion people on Earth, the number of mobile phone users is approaching 5 billion devices, while toothbrush ownership is closer to 4 billion. Indicating that both marketing of technology and public health have great disparities, but also that leadership in health care are not executing on their brands, social media or marketing. But in the U.S., hospital identity and health branding are paramount for success in a community. By listening to patients, getting…

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UK’s biggest health outsourcer in groundbreaking NHS deal

UK’s biggest health outsourcer in groundbreaking NHS deal

Care UK will receive a a fee for every patient treated © Alamy The UK’s biggest provider of outsourced health services to the NHS has agreed a groundbreaking deal that will see it provide all the hip, knee and other orthopaedic operations for an NHS hospital for the first time. Care UK, a private-equity owned group, will take on all of the non-emergency orthopaedic work for University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust in the south-west of England, receiving a fee for every patient treated. The deal is much more extensive than…

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Tobacco smoke exposure can impact adolescents’ health, make them ill

Tobacco smoke exposure can impact adolescents’ health, make them ill

Exposure to tobacco smoke can drastically impact teenagers’ health. A University of Cincinnati study found that teens exposed to tobacco smoke were at higher risk of having respiratory symptoms, such as shortness of breath and a dry cough at night. It also found that smoke-exposed teens were more likely to seek treatment at an urgent care or hospital emergency department. “There is no safe level of secondhand smoke exposure,” said Ashley Merianos, the lead author of the study. “Even a small amount of exposure can lead to more emergency department visits and…

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Maternal depression may affect child’s mental health, says study

Maternal depression may affect child’s mental health, says study

Women, take note. If you are suffering from depression, it may affect your child’s stress and physical well-being throughout life, a new study has found. The findings, published in the Journal of Diabetes, suggested that depressed mothers had higher cortisol (CT) and secretory immunoglobulin (s-IgA) — markers of stress and the immune system — levels and displayed more negative parenting, characterised by negative effect, intrusion, and criticism. “Following mothers and children across the first decade of life, we found that exposure to maternal depression impairs functioning of the child’s immune system…

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10 beneficial acupressure points for weight loss and good health

10 beneficial acupressure points for weight loss and good health

Acupressure is based on the concept of life energy flowing through different meridians in the body. So, just by pressing certain points in the body, you can clear any blockage in the meridians and treat different diseases. “Studies have suggested that acupressure is effective in treating nausea and vomiting, lower back pain, tension headaches and stomach ache,” says Dr Manoj Kutteri, wellness director at Atmantan Wellness Centre. Some points can also help with weight loss. According to acupressure, vital energy or “qi” flows through the body. When the flow is…

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