Recent HCD Blog Post Abstracts and One-Liners
Who is the Health Care System For?
The Republican Plan B for health care reform—no evidence, nothing new, no “common sense.”
Three Republican Senators have come up with their Plan B as an alternative to the Affordable Care Act—their Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility, and Empowerment Act (CARE)—all empty words. Their claim for cost containment and improvement of care through CARE violates all evidence of the track record of consumer directed health care over the last 25 years.
Outrageous Pricing of Pharmaceuticals – The Nexavar Example
The U.S. lacks public oversight of prices and cost-effectiveness of drugs—latest example, Bayer’s cancer drug Nexavar.
This blog shows how far removed from the concept of care and service this enormous pharmaceutical company, Bayer, is in marketing its cancer drug Nexavar. We can learn from other countries, such as England’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) how to assure quality and value. —Don McCanne, M.D.
Health Care Disconnects is an online journal and forum that we hope you will find interesting, timely and a useful source of information and perspective on the challenges facing health care in America today. Our focus is not only on problems but also directions toward solutions that are based on experience and evidence from health policy research in this country. We will also seek to comment on experience from other countries to the extent that it may apply here.
The scope of needed reforms is wide since there continues to be an enormous gap between a system of universal access that we would like to see and the realities of barriers to access, unaffordable costs, variable quality, disparities and inequities facing ordinary Americans across the country. We need a Copernican shift from the present multi-payer market-based system driven by corporate money and special interests to one based primarily on the needs of patients and their families. (Welcome Continued)
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