Entries by David Anderson

Breaking bubbles, breaking banks

StatNews has an article that the Bubble Boy genetic disorder may be curable and raises an excellent example of the pricing and ethical challenges of high cost cures: GlaxoSmithKline has developed what looks like a cure for a rare and deadly disease, and it’s going to cost $665,000 for a single dose…. Strimvelis, is a […]

Dumb idea of the week

And this is not even directly related to Trump. What if Hillary offered Republicans one SCOTUS pick? Would that open the floodgates for skeptical Republicans to rescind support for Trump? — Ryan Lizza (@RyanLizza) August 2, 2016 my first response is to ask if Ryan Lizza guzzles anti-freeze for breakfast as this is breathtakingly stupid. […]

Paying for poop

Five Thirty Eight’s Katherine Hobson has a good piece on colorectal cancer screening and the cost control challenge: The United States Preventive Services Task Force says the net benefit for screening adults age 50-75 is “substantial,” adding that colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in the country. But as of 2012, just […]

Bad news everybody

And this is some legitimately tough news for the Exchanges First United, then Humana, now Aetna. This does not sound sustainable at all. @larry_levitt https://t.co/Q5qdlLHLTs — Charles Ornstein (@charlesornstein) August 3, 2016 In my region, this is no big deal, the national players never got too much of a foothold here. But if the national […]