Tagged: Health Care

Public health, externality, and vaccination - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Oct 31, 2019

Paternalism is contentious. Arguments for state action to protect us from ourselves are fraught. I come down pretty heavily on the anti-paternalism side of the argument, but I’ve heard respectable defences of paternalism. But policy around vaccination is hardly paternalistic. There’s a clear market failure that could be pointed to in any sound Regulatory Impact Statement. In a place with … Read More

Dirty Politics: Learning from Washington lobbyists' play book - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Aug 21, 2014

If the covertly organised smear campaigns and secretly-funded attacks on public health experts outlined in Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics seem more suited to an episode of House of Cards, that’s because they could easily be lifted from the dirty politics of Washington D.C. that inspired aspects of the show. As I blogged about earlier this week, Nicky Hager … Read More

Mythical magic munitions - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Mar 11, 2014

There may be still a few discoveries and technologies out there, or yet to see the light of day, that will be “magic bullets” which will solve a pressing problem. As, for example, penicillin once did. In parts of Silicon Valley that hope probably still springs eternal, at least if you can develop an app from it. Think of all … Read More

Robots and the elderly - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Jun 26, 2013

There is much optimism in some quarters that health-care robots and other advanced technologies will help meet the anticipated demand for more health-care workers as the proportion of old folks increases [NZ data here]. Rodney Brooks of  Rethink Robotics talks about this with the BBC, along with the need to think about designing robots from the users … Read More

Why Do People Use Alternative Medicine? - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Mar 26, 2012

I often read that the reason people are turning to complementary/alternative/integrative(take your pick) medicine is because they are dissatisfied with the care received from mainstream/conventional/”western”* medicine. This may be true for a small segment of the population, those with a chronic illness or with terminal cancer spring to mind. But is this generally true of [&hellip … Read More

The Future of Healthcare - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Dec 16, 2011

I’m still preparing my end of year trend posting, so for now I’ll just point you in the direction of a short article on the future of healthcare that I wrote for  Pharmac’s (the New Zealand government’s pharmaceutical purchasing agency) Annual Review (PDF, 1.5 MB). The Pharmaceutical industry is in an interesting period of change. About US$100 Billion “patent dividend” … Read More

New Zealand Pharmacy Ethics in Relation to Homeopathy in the Wake of Homeopathy Report - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Feb 24, 2010

Earlier this year I wrote a post (along with fellow Sciblogger Grant) concerning the sale of homeopathic remedies in pharmacies. Monday night saw the release of England’s Science and Technology Committee’s “Evidence Check 2″ report on Homeopathy (also ably covered by Grant). One of the issues covered by the report is that of pharmacy responsibilities [...] … Read More

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