Archive for the ‘Health economics’ Category

The Cheeseburger Diet   Leave a comment

pc-cheeseburger-dubner-burger-300x225Link: http://freakonomics.com/podcast/the-cheeseburger-diet-a-new-freakonomics-radio-podcast/

Summary: In response to the infamous documentary Super Size Me, one woman toured her local area in search for the best burger.  Shockingly, she didn’t gain a single pound despite eating two burgers a week.  Freakonomics discusses the surprising results.

Original Air Date: December 10, 2015

Length: 34 minutes 21 seconds

Discussion Question: What role does utility play in this situation? Will satisfaction of the second burger eaten  always be the same? Explain.

FTC fights against new strategy for delaying generics   Leave a comment

NORWICH, CT - MARCH 23: Oxycodone pain pills prescribed for a patient with chronic pain lie on display on March 23, 2016 in Norwich, CT. Communities nationwide are struggling with the unprecidented opioid pain pill and heroin addiction epidemic. On March 15, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), announced guidelines for doctors to reduce the amount of opioid painkillers prescribed, in an effort to curb the epidemic. The CDC estimates that most new heroin addicts first became hooked on prescription pain medication before graduating to heroin, which is stronger and cheaper. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Link: http://www.marketplace.org/2016/03/31/health-care/ftc-fights-against-new-strategy-delaying-generics

Summary: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has brought an important case against ‘pay-for-delay schemes’, seeking to show that non-monetary deals between pharmaceutical companies inhibit the market from functioning properly. More importantly, they seek to demonstrate that these deals are illegal.

Original Air Date: April 1, 2016

Length: 2 minutes 10 seconds

Government seeks to improve patient access to records   Leave a comment

patient recordsLink: http://www.marketplace.org/2016/02/09/health-care/goverment-seeks-improve-paitient-access-records

Summary: Is providing access to medical records a regulatory burden or essential to streamlining healthcare? The Marketplace team looks at explicit and implicit costs of requesting medical information for both the patient and the healthcare provider.

Original Air Date: February 9, 2016

Length: 4 mins 8 seconds

Posted August 28, 2016 by noorul94 in Health economics, Incentives, Technology, Utility

The Chinese lake that’s ground zero for the bird flu   Leave a comment

chinese lakeLink: http://www.marketplace.org/2016/03/03/world/chinese-lake-has-become-ground-zero-bird-flu

Summary: Hundreds of thousands of birds migrate to China’s Poyang Lake each year, creating a breeding ground for the avian influenza virus. This virus has the ability to spread rapidly if wild birds connect with domestic birds found on farms within China. The implications this virus can have on human health, farmers, and the economy is deadly.

Original Air Date: March 30, 2016

Length: 5 minutes 16 seconds

Pay Patients, Save Money   Leave a comment

pay patientsLink: http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2015/10/02/445371930/episode-655-pay-patients-save-money

Summary: The Planet Money team shines a light on a business that helps people save money on healthcare expenses in way similar to a travel agency that shows the prices of different flights and destinations.

Original Air Date: October 5, 2015

Length: 19 minutes 1 second

Your Organs, Please   Leave a comment

your organsLink: http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2015/10/28/452655987/episode-518-your-organs-please

Summary: The Planet Money team investigates organ donation and how it has become more popular over time.

Original Air Date: October 30, 2015

Length: 19 minutes 48 seconds

Kenneth Feinberg on placing a value on life   Leave a comment

Link: http://www.marketplace.org/topics/your-money/my-biggest-financial-lesson/kenneth-feinberg-placing-value-life

Summary: Kenneth Feinberg discusses the reality of compensating families of victims of horrific tragedies. He advises we all plan for tomorrow.

Original Air Date: March 27, 2015

Length: 3 minutes 35 seconds