Hospital Billing vs. Quality, and Other Links

Hospital marketplace: “price has nothing to do with quality.”

Republicans are refusing to appoint members to ObamaCare’s IPAB (“death panel”) board.

Can smoking prevent Parkinson’s disease?

Can marijuana prevent Aids? HT: David Henderson.

Is owning a dog good for your health?

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  1. Sam says:

    “Is owning a dog good for your health?”

    Another one of these studies that correlate certain patterns to health but do not address a causal effect. Therefore, leading one to think “well, it may or may not cause improved health.”

  2. Tim says:

    Hospital marketplace: “price has nothing to do with quality.”

    With the current system we have, this isn’t a puzzle. Although I do struggle with the concept of market principles when dealing with health.

  3. Tom says:

    “Can smoking prevent Parkinson’s disease?”

    If there is any correlation, then I guess one would have to decide whether they want to perhaps have a chance of preventing Parkinson’s or having a great change of having lung and other respiratory problems. I think the choice is simple.

  4. Studebaker says:

    Is owning a dog good for your health?
    Our dog is good for our physical health — having to walk her and all. But she is bad for our mental health — she’s crazy and it’s apparently contagious!

  5. Jack says:

    Is Obama care even going to apply to congressional officials? Good thing there’ll be only Dems on the IPAB, they don’t like anyone to kill anything.

  6. Harley says:

    Wait wait wait… Smoking decreases the chance for PD, because of the medicinal properties of the tobacco plant. But this blogger doesn’t want to start smoking cause it’s bad for you, so he’s going to try to nicotine patch instead.

    …………………………..
    *faceroll*

  7. Harley says:

    Never mind, should’ve finished reading the whole thing first.

  8. H. James Prince says:

    Headlines I was Happy to See:
    Real-Life Ocean’s 11 Style Heist Steals a Cool $40 Million
    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/10/nyregion/eight-charged-in-45-million-global-cyber-bank-thefts.html?pagewanted=1&_r=0

  9. Joe Barnett says:

    Nicotine use “anti-correlates” with Alzheimer’s and dementia as well as Parkinson’s

  10. Mark says:

    “If someone adopts a pet, but still sits on the couch and smokes and eats whatever they want and doesn’t control their blood pressure,” he said, “that’s not a prudent strategy to decrease their cardiovascular risk.”

    Good science right there. It’s nice to see our research dollars so hard at work.

  11. Stich says:

    “Is owning a dog good for your health?”

    - I would contend that owning a dog is marvelous for one’s health. However, if said dog is a puppy, then all bets are off.

  12. Gabriel Odom says:

    On Health Care Cost and Quality
    “So, the answer is yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus in healthcare, and he’s even more generous than Father Christmas. Hospitals get paid no matter how naughty or nice they are.”

    Makes me want to spout obscenities.

  13. Don Levit says:

    Why not have each state Exchange negotiate prices for every procedure with every provider for every insurer (and uninsured). It would be a lot lesss costly than each insurer doing so.
    That way, we will not even have to fool around with networks, and out of network billing.
    Don Levit