Hits and Misses

Scale with tape measure bowThe post-2008 recession is associated with increasing obesity in rich nations.

The actual waiting time for an appointment at Phoenix VA hospital was 115 days – 91 days longer than falsely reported.

Samsung’s new watch has medical sensors that scan below the skin and read data deep inside veins.

Stanford University doctors are using iPhones to photograph the inside of the eye.

Federal grants to states for health care increased 34 percent, 2008-2014. Grants for everything else dropped.

No kidding! States that accepted ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion face unanticipated health expenses.

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  1. SPM says:

    The growing VA scandal should come as no surprise to anyone following “government accountability.” Officials will always try to blame others or outright lie in order to save their careers, but the real problem with the VA system is the very fact that the government runs it. It’s basically a socialized program in which competition is minimized and the only way for government to control costs is to ration care…and the resulting long wait times are simply a natural consequence of such non-free market systems.

  2. Buster says:

    States that accepted ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion face unanticipated health expenses.

    Gosh! No one saw that coming!

  3. Toto says:

    States that accepted ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion face unanticipated health expenses.

    Actually all states, not just those that accepted the Medicaid expansion. Medicaid-eligibles are coming out of the woodwork in all states.

  4. Jay says:

    “…certain nations and groups of people such as women and the poor hit harder by the recent economic crisis.”

    Well if you aren’t able to find employment, you are likely to sit at home and eat Cheetos watching TV until the phone rings.

    • Walter Q. says:

      The crisis also lead to people buy less healthy meal options because they were more cash strapped. It all isn’t directly correlated to laze and glutton.

  5. Thomas says:

    “The actual waiting time for an appointment at Phoenix VA hospital was 115 days – 91 days longer than falsely reported.”

    The extended wait for care is very detrimental to sickly patients. Whether it be in the States or Canada, lives are being put at risk simply because wait times are too long.

    • Matthew says:

      Especially since it is our veterans who are getting the short end of the stick. They are in this position because of their contribution to the well-being of the country.

  6. Andrew says:

    “The sensors in the band project beams of light into the skin at varying strengths in order to reach tissue near the surface or deeper in. For instance a sensor may aim a beam of light at the strength needed to reach a vein, where it might read pulse rate.”

    No doubt this is an important advancement in health care technology. But are their any consequences to shooting beams through peoples skin? That has to have some sort of adverse long term effect.

  7. Bill B. says:

    “Doctors at Stanford University have found a way to use the iPhone to help prevent blindness, particularly in rural areas and developing nations.”

    Nothing makes me feel more at ease with my health care provider when he/she is asking for my phone to take a picture of my eye for the sake of medical care.

  8. Matthew says:

    “Federal grants to states for health care increased 34 percent, 2008-2014. Grants for everything else dropped.”

    This isn’t good news for those who are hoping for increased funding in children’s education and school districts.