Tag: #healthpolicy

Portugal, That Bastion of Public Health

We humans are really weird when it comes to assessing risk. Although flying is the safest way to travel (if you divide the number of people-hours in flight by the number of deaths from flying), we have this weird and irrational fear of flying. Although there are more deaths from irresponsible use of firearms than from terrorist acts, we applaud…

Yes, gun violence is a public health problem

I’ve come to expect a certain degree of professionalism and competence from people with the letters “MD” after their name. I’ll give “RNs” and “PAs” a pass most of the time. But physicians? They’re in school longer than some people live, so why is it that some of them get so many medical and public issues so — in my opinion — wrong?

Here’s the story of one such doctor…

What High School Economics Taught Me About Healthcare

One thing that I learned in economics in high school was that the price of a service or product, in a free market economy, rises or falls with the supply and demand. For example, when the supply of gasoline is low and the demand is high, the price goes up. Later, when the supply is high and the demand is…

Drugs

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the use and abuse of illegal drugs and what doing so does not only to the person using/abusing but to the people around them and even to people far away. My wife, a friend, and I went to a comedy show the other night, and the comedian said that the reason people take…