BHN exclusive: Single payer v. mandated insurance debated in Massachusetts

Some video quotes from the May 30  "Massachusetts Teach-in on Health Reform: Massachusetts Reform as a National Model? " at Harvard Medical School. Find more video from the conference here. Dr. Steffie Woolhandler of Physicians for a National Health Plan on single payer gaining momentum.  6/8 Update:  The meeting Dr. Woolhandler refers to between Single Payer advocates and Sen. Baucus … Continue reading BHN exclusive: Single payer v. mandated insurance debated in Massachusetts

Health Wonk Review: Bosstown edition

Today, BHN hosts the Health Wonk Review, the floating web digest of health policy blog posts. This is Boston, but we already had a baseball theme. Summer reminds me of growing up on  the Jersey Shore. So, this week -- the Boss-town edition. Dedicated to Danny Federici,  Bruce Springsteen’s organ player.  He died of melanoma last … Continue reading Health Wonk Review: Bosstown edition

Patient group joins breast cancer gene patent suit

Many Boston orgs have reps working with this not-into-pink,  Bay-area group, including Silent Spring Institute, Our Bodies, Ourselves and local breast cancer activist groups.  Here from Breast Cancer Action’s press release:  Breast Cancer Action (BCA) is challenging the legality of patenting human “breast cancer genes.” BCA is joining the American Civil Liberties Union in suing Myriad … Continue reading Patient group joins breast cancer gene patent suit

Hospital care: Getting what you pay for

Health care shoppers looking for the best deal should remember the little lagniappe that came with the state insurance plan: The “My Health Care Options” page. This simple database allows patients to compare hospitals on costs and quality.  So, if you get to choose between two hospitals, you can opt for a four-star angioplasty, c-section or  gall … Continue reading Hospital care: Getting what you pay for

Marcia Angell, single payer and week in review

Here’s what Marcia Angell would have said about the single payer approach if she had been invited to the Senate Finance Committee health reform meeting this week. Via the Globe.  The reform proposals advocated by President Obama are meant to increase coverage for the uninsured. That is certainly a worthwhile goal, but the problem is … Continue reading Marcia Angell, single payer and week in review

Harvard students have drinking problem: bisphenol A

And, when it comes to BPA, the FDA has a little problem with objectivity, according to a report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal. First to Boston. The Globe reports that a Harvard prof was inspired to do a new study on the suspect by-product of some plastics when she saw her student drinking out of bottles. Led by … Continue reading Harvard students have drinking problem: bisphenol A

Fun with Health Information Technology — An “Interoperetta”

The actual title of this bit of wonky fun:  "HITECH:An Interoperetta in Three Acts."  Also on You Tube. Here, Maryland doctor Ross Martin finds true harmonization. He also comes up with rhymes for two Boston heavies -- Obama HIT man David Blumenthal and John Halamka, the CIO at Beth Isreal Deaconess Medical Center.   Dr. Blumenthal, Won’t you … Continue reading Fun with Health Information Technology — An “Interoperetta”