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Think You’re Getting Good Healthcare? You’re Probably Not

Robert Pearl, former CEO of the Permanente Medical Group is the author of Mistreated: Why We Think Were Getting Good Health Care—and Why We're Usually Wrong, a book that explores what must be done to fix the broken U.S. healthcare system.
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What Helps to Ensure Cooperation in Diverse Societies?

A study of post-war Bosnia provides insights into what helps (and what doesn't) when it comes to ensuring cooperation in diverse societies. The findings are highly relevant to the divisiveness in U.S. society today.
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Rising Cost of Drugs Threatens the Health of Millions

Prescription drug expenditures are nearly 20% of healthcare costs and are expected to increase more even as pending health insurance reform threatens coverage for millions.
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Violence, Not Politics, Fueled the Horrific Baseball Shooting

Many mass shooters, including James Hodgkinson, the baseball field shooter, have a history of violence, particularly against women. This, not politics, likely fueled the horrific event in Virginia.
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If You Follow the Money, Does it Really Take You to the ER?

The leverage wielded on politicians and policy makers by healthcare stakeholders whose ox would be gored if real cost-savings programs are put into place is enormous. It makes meaningful change all but impossible.
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Conservative vs. Liberal Views of Social Change: Who’s Right?

Is it possible to marry the liberal view of social change for the good of the people with the conservative belief that "social engineering" is doomed to fail in order to bring new benefits to society as a whole?
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How Reliable are Drug Expiration Dates?

The process of setting drug expiration dates takes into account not just biochemistry, but also profits. How much could be saved by extending the dates just 10%?
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What You Need to Know about Prescription Drug Prices in the U.S.

The U.S. spends more on prescription drugs than other industrialized countries. They set prices for drugs, we do not. Profits have to come from somewhere, right?
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Did the New CBO Report Just Ruin the Party?

The Republicans rushed the vote on the AHCA through without waiting for the results of a rescoring of the amended version. Then they partied. Think they are sorry now?