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Public Health Information Resources

January 26, 2009


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A Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Report on Medical Tourism

January 22, 2009


Authored by Deloitte and publically available from their global site. See the PDF here: See figure 2 on page 3 and tell me again that a true free market exists for most Americans seeking health care; considering the magnitude of cost differentials (with the relatively small effective “cost” of the travel burden aside), it’s […]

Finally, finally…a free and intelligent explanation of the credit crisis

January 20, 2009

0 Research & Ideas Risky Business with Structured Finance Published: January 20, 2009 Author: Julia Hann Full-text PDF of the working paper here. An excerpt: Yet the paper presents a modeling exercise (using the same computer tools employed by the ratings agencies) that demonstrates that the challenge of rating structured products lies in their extreme […]

NYT: A conversation with Robert L. Martensen, M.D.

January 20, 2009


A Conversation With Robert L. Martensen A Front-Row Seat as a Health Care System Goes Awry By CLAUDIA DREIFUS Published: January 19, 2009 Available online at I think doctors should get comfortable with being realistic. If it is the case, the doctor should bring up the idea that this disease process might be fatal. […]

The American Scene

January 17, 2009


by Jim Manzi. Reading the abstract of a paper is NOT ENOUGH: Structured Finance from someone near, but not at, the epicenter: /this blog just made my list of links.

Redefining Healthcare by Porter & Teisberg

January 15, 2009


Got this one for Christmas; it’s so far a solid read, if half-baked in discussion of the practical application of the authors’ theory. See official reviews and the public opinions in the links below: …also see the energetic exchange of diatribes (off-topic but interesting nonetheless) in this posting on […]

More assigned readings

January 9, 2009


How To Make Sense Of Medical Statistics Listen Now [28 min 2 sec] Talk of the Nation, January 9, 2009 · Relative risk, absolute risk, number needed to treat: medical research papers are loaded with confusing statistics. Steven Woloshin and Lisa M. Schwartz, authors of the book Know Your Chances: Understanding Health Statistics, talk about […]