Using original, self-collected data from ten countries in Latin America, the authors test for substandard and counterfeit Ciprofloxacin treatments. Products that were locally registered or had SRA or WHO pre-qualification were more likely to pass the test. They also find that corruption is a key predictor of poor quality drugs.
Republicans in Congress and the Trump administration repealed the penalties associated with the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate in the tax act that passed in December. Now they need to replace the mandate with something that will address rising premiums and command broader support. Automatic enrollment into health insurance plans is a good place to start.
Calls to shift more power to states to control and regulate health care, often overlook the history of state governments having used such power to make health care less competitive and more expensive.
Washington has struggled to initiate health reform that aligns payment incentives with performance and value. Now it’s the private sector’s turn.
In order to pursue health reform in 2018, Republicans must first develop clarity and unity on what their priorities are for reform. Here is where they should begin.
Both advocates and opponents of the ACA turn to mixed findings on the individual mandate to make their arguments regarding how the policy has affected coverage gains. In doing so, both sides seem to ignore the deeper question as to why the ACA’s combination of taxpayer subsidies, expanded insurance programs, health benefits requirements, and coverage mandates has had so little of an effect relative to what was envisioned.
As the opioid epidemic continues, both the private sector and many government bodies have implemented restrictions regarding opioid prescribing. Yet many chronic pain patients, who are stable and arguably benefiting from long-term opioids, are now facing draconian and often rapid dose reductions.
Delaying the Cadillac tax again would set back the cause of market-driven health care rather than advance it.
The traits that alarm some are baseline features, not signs of a disease process.
In January 2014, the State of Maryland and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) came to terms on an ambitious approach to improve care for Marylanders and to slow the growth of health care costs.