A reliable source of relevant discussion and insights has been the Commonwealth Fund.
David Blumental MD, President of the Commonwealth Fund is passionately guiding our way to healthcare that matters. I suggest you follow the podcast, New DIrections in Health Care and follow the evolution...better yet? Join the revolution.
“The big drug companies have been notoriously ineffective in developing new drugs, and most of the new drugs that they develop are now being purchased or licensed from small biotech companies, so though they make a big point about research and development, their actual research and development is not very effective, and I think more transparency into what they do and how they do it would be useful.”--David Blumenthal, MD
“Drugs don’t make up most of health care costs, but they have grown faster than the overall rate of the economy in the last few years, and there have been a couple of notable years of prescription drug costs recently, particularly in 2014, associated with the introduction of some new cures for hepatitis C and new cancer drugs and other treatments as well.” -- Mark McCellam MD
“There are no rules. There’s no legislation. You just basically, as a drug company, have the ability to set the price, and if the government has given you a monopoly – and that’s what a patent is – then there are no competitors for your drug, and so you can charge essentially whatever you want. You don’t have to worry that a lot of people won’t have access to the drug, because you’re going to make a lot of money on a few people, and that’s exactly what happens.” -- Gerard Anderson
"And there is pressure to speed up approvals for so-called biosimilars, which are generic versions of biologic medications."-- Sandy Hausman I am surprised that this statement was not edited or revised. Biosimilars are NOT generic versions of biologic medications. Only small molecule drugs have generic formulations. We need to use correct terminiolgy to educate the public about discussions surrounding biologics and biosimilars. They are not bioequivalent.--Bonny
"Overall, spending growth is down a bit this year, but it’s still projected to be higher than the overall rate of growth for the economy, and it’s still projected to be a significant part of overall health care spending growth, and with rising health care costs and concerns about affordability and access to cures, this is certainly going to be an important policy issue for the coming years.” --Dr. Mark McClellan, Director of the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy
Think about it. According to Dr Blumenthal, if the amount of money we spend on healthcare was floated out to sea as a nation, it would have the 6th largest economy in the world.
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Excerpt from Write Better Surveys. Period.
Enumerative and analytic studies differ based on action. You need to determine the type of statistical study because the specific action you engage depends on the part of the population accessible to your analysis.
For example, an enumerative survey basically calculates a frequency. How many? You are limited to the population you queried. You can chop up the normal curve of the data you collect from the population you sampled. An analytic survey evaluates the process or system that produced the outcomes. Analytic surveys are asking “Why?”
What drove the differences in frequencies detected in the enumerative survey? Our questions require consideration of what comes next—how to improve behavior or practice sometime in the future. Looking for differences between groups. You can continue to gather data from new distributions as you strive to reduce the variability in the data—between the current measured value and the optimal behavior or outcome.