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Don't Only Blame Mylan for $600 EpiPens

We should be anything but surprised at the sky-high prices we now see for prescription drugs. In the past several weeks, the public’s attention has focused on Mylan and its 400% EpiPen price increase since 2009. Yet EpiPens are not—by a long shot—the only drugs that have sparked recent outrage due…

More people can ask for help in dying, but very few do

Anyone who feared that making physician-assisted suicide legal would lead to an onslaught of assisted deaths can relax. A new study led by University of Pennsylvania bioethicist Ezekiel Emanuel finds that only a tiny fraction of the dying want help speeding up the process. However, Emanuel is concerned about the reasons…

Health policy: Addressing conflicts of interest of public speakers at advisory committee meetings

A study reveals that, from 2009–2014, a considerable percentage of public speakers at Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee meetings had disclosed or undisclosed financial associations with the drug company seeking product approval. Amid calls for increased public engagement in health care and health-care research, steps must be taken to minimize the conflicts…
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How Well is the Affordable Care Act Doing? Reasons for Optimism

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is now 6 years old. Fair-minded people want to know whether the ACA is succeeding. Even more important is the question of how it will do in the future. The context of the ACA’s past is important for understanding its future. The ACA narrowly passed. A…

Why a constitutional originalist would reject the GOP’s delay, delay, delay tactics

A controversy has erupted over whether the Senate should consider anyone President Obama nominates to the Supreme Court to replace my friend Antonin Scalia, who died unexpectedly Saturday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and others argue that, because it’s an election year, the…

The Solution to Drug Prices

WE’RE paying too much for prescription drugs. The price for cancer drugs like Yervoy, Opdivo and Keytruda routinely exceeds $120,000 a year. Some other specialty drugs have even higher prices. Cerezyme for Gaucher disease costs about $300,000 per year for life. Kalydeco for cystic fibrosis also costs about $300,000 per year.…

Metrics, Money, And The Ethics Of Behavioral Health Care

Register The purpose of this workshop it to bring together policy makers, researchers, providers and other stakeholders to discuss the implications of healthcare reform and the changing economy, on the behavioral health system. In the last the last 5 years the United States' economy and healthcare system has experienced tremendous changes.…

A Plan To Fix Cancer Care

This year, more than 1.6 million Americans — 0.5 percent of the population — will receive a diagnosis of cancer. Their treatment will consume at least 5 percent of the country’s health care spending, at a cost that is growing faster than all other areas of medicine. Doctors and patients recognize…
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'Health Policy & the Affordable Care Act' begins March 25 on Coursera

Coursera The American health care system has many problems. 50 million people are uninsured. Quality is extremely uneven, with peaks of greatness at leading academic centers but overall poor quality in both process measures and outcomes such as asthma deaths. Finally, the U.S. health care system spends over $8000 per patient…
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Health Care's Good News

THINK about it. When was the last time you heard the phrases “good news” and “health care costs” in the same sentence? I can’t remember either. Most of the recent talk about health care spending has been pretty bleak. Just take a look at the Rate Review Tool on Healthcare.gov and…
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Growing Up Emanuel: Exclusive Excerpt

“Stop, you devils! Stop!” our grandmother shouted at us in Hebrew, but Rahm and I ignored her. We pushed and pulled on my father, Benjamin, who sat firmly on the family-room flioor with his legs crossed and fought back by tickling and kissing us on our necks. The big challenge of…
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We Can Be Healthy and Rich

Just about everyone agrees that health care in America is too expensive, and that something must be done to control the rising costs. Except for one group: hospitals and the unions representing hospital workers. They believe that controlling health care costs will hurt the economy and increase unemployment. They point out…
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Ari, Ezekiel, and Rahm Emanuel's Upbringing

“Think three moves ahead!” and “Remember what Napoleon said: ‘Offense is the best defense,’” Ezekiel Emanuel, the bioethicist brother of Rahm and Ari Emanuel, recalls their father admonishing over family chess games. “These games reinforced our natural tendency to be aggressive in whatever we set out to do.” In a Vanity…
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Ezekiel Emanuel on End-of-life Choices

Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, one of the architects of the Affordable Care Act, will join The Daily Circuit Monday, Jan. 14 to share his thoughts on planning end-of-life care for yourself and loved ones. Dr. Rebecca Sudore, a geriatrician at the University of California, San Francisco, created Prepare, a program…
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Better, if not Cheaper, Care for the Dying

IT is conventional wisdom that end-of-life care is an increasingly huge proportion of health care spending. I’ve often heard it said that people spend more on health care in the year before they die than they do in the entire rest of their lives. If we don’t address these costs, the…
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Interview: Zeke Emanuel's plan to fix health-care spending

President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner are getting closer to striking a “fiscal cliff” deal. One of the unresolved areas looks to be health care: Both sides have reportedly agreed to cuts, although without nailing down a crucial detail: Where should those cuts come from? Zeke Emanuel has a few…
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Wonkbook: Should We Raise the Medicare Age?

A better way to raise the eligibility age for retirement benefits. "If it’s age increases that the political system wants, there’s a better way to do it. Ezekiel Emanuel, who advised the Obama administration on health care and now works with the Center for American Progress, calls it ‘graduated eligibility,’ and…
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The High Cost of Free Office Snacks

TECHNOLOGY companies are famous for providing free food for their employees. Office areas stocked with snacks are great for morale and promote random interactions that often generate new ideas. The problem is that free food, if it’s the wrong kind, is not really free. It can kill you — or at…

Medicaid cuts would weaken healthcare law

Experts at the Center for American Progress said Medicaid cuts would undermine the success of the president's signature healthcare law.  President Obama needs to walk away from some of the Medicare and Medicaid cuts he endorsed in earlier budget-cutting talks, a group of liberal healthcare experts said Wednesday. Experts at the…
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Four Myths About Doctor-Assisted Suicide

IN a little more than a week, voters in Massachusetts will decide whether to allow doctors to “prescribe medication, at the request of a terminally ill patient meeting certain conditions, to end that person’s life.” A similar bill is being debated in New Jersey. Unfortunately, like so many health care questions,…
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