Why Is It So Hard to Lower Drug Prices?

From Healthcare Triage. There are many, many factors that contribute to high drug prices. Regulating them is complicated. It turns out, expensive drugs are often expensive because they’re hard to replicate. We try to shed some light on the situation. Special thanks to Austin Frakt. This video was adapted from his Upshot article in the…

Is Our Health Care Spending Actually Worth It?

From Healthcare Triage. Many people know by now that the United States spends much more on health care than any other country, and that health outcomes are not a lot better (and in many instances worse). That raises the question: Is our health care spending actually worth it? Related HCT episodes: 1. Why Does the…

More People Should Get the HPV Vaccine

From Healthcare Triage. The CDC recommendations for the HPV vaccine have just changed. If you’re 45 years of age or younger, then you might want to talk to your doctor about getting vaccinated yourself. Related HCT episode: 1. The HPV Vaccine Is Still Underutilized: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ducC8kRJDyw Be sure to check out our podcast! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkfBg8ML-gInFaYyYhKLBp2u7h5IojTw4 Other Healthcare…

Nutrition Studies Are Just Terrible

From Healthcare Triage. Nutrition studies are really, really bad a lot of the time. Sometimes researchers don’t do careful work, and the systems in place don’t always prevent weak research from being published. Add that to the fact that media outlets tend to overblow stories about food and cancer, and it’s a recipe for research…

Private Coverage Often Isn’t Enough For Children

From Healthcare Triage. Often, private coverage is assumed to be better than public coverage. More and more often, that’s just not what families are finding. Those that work, even those earning a decent living, just can’t afford the private care they’re offered. They have to turn to public insurance. Related HCT episodes: 1. CHiP Premiums…

Residency and the 80 Hour Work Week

From Healthcare Triage. Performative overwork is more and more common in the United States, and long hours have long been the norm in medicine. During residency, doctors have traditionally been asked to work for up to 100 hours per week. A rule in 2003 capped residents hours at 80 hours per week. Older docs claim…

Does Better Education Mean Better Health?

From Healthcare Triage. Many, many studies have associated better and more education with better health outcomes? But which way does the causality go? Do people attain more education because they’re healthy? Or maybe those who are in a economic position to attain education also tend to be able to afford good healthcare? We’re here to…

The Malpractice System Doesn’t Deter Malpractice

From Healthcare Triage. Research indicates that the malpractice system in the United States doesn’t do a lot to deter malpractice. There are several recent studies about malpractice that look at how many doctors have malpractice claims against them, and what happens to their careers after they have a problem. Related HCT episodes: How Can Doctors…

Brain Injuries & CTE: Detection, Treatment, and Prevention: Healthcare Triage Podcast

From Healthcare Triage. This month Aaron is talking to Dr. Tom McAllister, the Albert Eugene Sterne Professor and Chairman, Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry. He specializes in studying brain injuries and chronic traumatic encephalopathy, and he’ll tell about brain injuries, their treatment, and some of the advances in detecting such injuries. The…

Sunscreen Needs Some Safety Evaulation

From Healthcare Triage. Skin cancer is a big problem. Sunscreen can help protect your skin. All this is very well known. It turns out, though, that the active ingredients in sunscreen can get into peoples’ bloodstreams in pretty high concentrations. And the effects of sunscreen on the environment isn’t well studied. While sunscreen probably is…

Vitamin D Supplements Continue to Be Unnecessary

From Healthcare Triage. There are several news studies that confirm what we’ve been saying for years. Vitamin D supplements don’t do much, and are unnecessary for just about everybody. Related HCT episodes: 1. Most People Don’t Need Vitamin D: https://youtu.be/8ShYDShsHU0 2. Unnecessary Supplement Use is Rising: https://youtu.be/mRtqWof9rSo Be sure to check out our podcast! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkfBg8ML-gInFaYyYhKLBp2u7h5IojTw4…

Safe Gun Storage Saves Lives

From Healthcare Triage. Lots of gun safety advocates focus on regulating the sale and transfer of firearms. Another area that could yield gains is gun storage. How safely weapons are stored is a big factor, especially when it comes to keeping kids safe. Secure storage and locks can do a lot. Related HCT episodes: 1.…

Zoning Rules Can Keep People in Bad Neighborhoods

From Healthcare Triage. We’ve talked about how housing is important for health. We’ve talked about how we can improve access to housing through stimulation of production through the LIHTC. We’ve talked about how we can improve access through vouchers and mobility programs. There’s one more thing we’d like to discuss: Inclusionary zoning. Zoning rules are…

Housing Vouchers and Neighborhood Mobility

From Healthcare Triage. We’re talking about housing for four weeks, thanks to the support of the RWJF! The Low Income Housing Tax Credit (last week’s episode topic) stimulates production in order to increase the supply of affordable housing available to poorer people in the United States. But there’s another way to tackle our housing problem,…

What Is the Low Income Housing Tax Credit?

From Healthcare Triage. We’re talking about housing for four weeks, thanks to the support of the RWJF! In the last episode, we introduced you to the pathways by which we might think about improving housing for low-income individuals. Today we’re going to get specific. One policy which focuses on affordability is the Low-Income Housing Tax…

Colorado’s Plan for Making Insulin More Affordable

From Healthcare Triage. Insulin is still super expensive. Colorado is doing something about it. It’s still likely not enough. Related HCT episodes: 1. Why do insulin prices keep rising? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lx08ldVSvd4 Be sure to check out our podcast! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cXfQgdsKps Other Healthcare Triage Links: 1. Support the channel on Patreon: http://vid.io/xqXr 2. Check out our Facebook page:…

Where You Live Has a Huge Impact on Your Health

From Healthcare Triage. Over the last year, we at Healthcare Triage have taken some deep dives into issues of health policy, especially those that touch on social determinants of health and health equity. The episodes that do so are a bit longer than usual. They look a little different. They also come to you thanks…

Multiple Myeloma, Bicycles, and Working Toward a Cure

From Healthcare Triage. Aaron is talking to Dr. Rafat Abonour about multiple myleoma. Multiple myeloma is a cancer that forms in white blood cells, and Dr. Abonour tells Aaron about how the disease affects patients, and the cutting edge of research into treatments. And we get a nice story about biking. The Healthcare Triage podcast…

Many New Abortion Restrictions Misunderstand Miscarriages

From Healthcare Triage. Several states have recently passed or considered strict limitations on abortion. Some of these laws are crafted in a way that misunderstands the nature of pregnancy and the risks of miscarriages. These laws leave room for women who have miscarriages to be investigated or even prosecuted for murder. Related HCT episodes: 1.…

Sunscreen Needs More Safety Studies

From Healthcare Triage. The ingredients of sunscreens have some people concerned about whether they’re being absorbed by the body, and what the effects of that might be. While this study doesn’t provide evidence that sunscreen is harmful, closer examination is needed. Related HCT episodes: 1. We’re getting closer to summer! If you haven’t seen our…

Aaron Becomes a Medical Tourist after a Monkey Mugging

From Healthcare Triage. When Aaron went to Malaysia to learn about medical tourism, he became a medical tourist himself after he was mugged by a monkey. The monkey stole Aaron’s glasses, and he had to have new ones made. It turned out to be pretty easy! Malaysia and many other countries actually encourage people from…