Category Archives: International health policy

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Think We Have Problems? Welcome to Turkmenistan…

From BBC News: Turkmenistan’s president has announced incentives to reward women who give birth to eight or more children, according to state media. Those who qualify for Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov’s reward will receive a one-off payment of $250 (£125). They will … Continue reading

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Rising Health Costs Are a Global Problem

Health Populi discusses “The Global Epidemic of Rising Health Costs.” The benefits consulting group [Watson Wyatt] found that health cost increases are growing faster than rates of inflation in 80% of countries surveyed. Thus, hyperinflation of health costs isn’t just … Continue reading

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Startling Results: US vs. European Rates of Chronic Disease

This is amazing…New study by Ken Thorpe of Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University comparing US and European rates of chronic disease (summary from Kaiser Daily Report): Older U.S. adults are twice as likely as older European adults … Continue reading

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…In Which We Praise US Healthcare — Believe It or Not

Tip of the hat to Andrew Sullivan’s always engaging blog for this one. A British Telegraph article (click here), reporting on a new study in the Lancet, shows that the US health care system produces the best cancer survivor rates … Continue reading

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Comparing mandates – Learning from Switzerland

The Massachusetts Health Policy Forum, in collaboration with HCFA, hosted an interactive discussion today with former President of the Swiss Federation, and current Head of the Federal Department of Home Affairs, Ruth Dreifuss, at Gardner Auditorium. The event, Universal Coverage … Continue reading

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Getting Down with the Swiss

The Massachusetts Health Policy Forum and Health Care For All are co-sponsoring a public forum: “Universal Coverage and Individual Mandate in Switzerland: Lessons for Massachusetts” on Friday, June 22, 2007 from 9:45am-11:30am at Gardner Auditorium in the State House in … Continue reading

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US: We’re Number One in All the Wrong Ways

Last month, at an Oklahoma University debate on MA health reform, Michael Tanner from the Cato Institute and I tussled over whether the US health care system is the best in the world. I was pretty incredulous that Tanner really … Continue reading

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