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Finance vs. Financialization in Health Care

Filed in Health Law by on September 6, 2012 1 Comment
Finance vs. Financialization in Health Care
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I’ve noted the issues raised by financialization in nursing homes, billing & payment systems, and hospital chains before on blogs.  I wanted to present a few paragraphs from a recent book review (of Robert Shiller’s Finance and the Good Society), which explore the problems raised by the finance sector’s interaction with pharma: A Ph.D. cancer researcher with ten years of experience […]

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Of Princes, Paupers, and Physicians

Filed in Information Technology by on March 6, 2012 0 Comments
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Why is US health care so expensive? We’ve long been told: “it’s the prices, stupid.” There is more confirmation here, as Ezra Klein explains why an MRI costs $1,080 in America and $280 in France: [U]nlike in other countries, sellers of health-care services in America have considerable power to set prices, and so they set […]

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New Profit Opportunities In American Health Care

Filed in Health Care Economics by on August 28, 2011 0 Comments
New Profit Opportunities In American Health Care
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I notice there is a lot of handwringing over the Affordable Care Act’s “government takeover” of the health care system. So let’s take a look at some exciting new markets that are still thriving. 1) At the beginning of the summer, I noted some problematic drug shortages (bottom half of post). The problem keeps getting […]

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Private Equity & British Care Homes

Filed in Elder Issues by on July 22, 2011 0 Comments
Private Equity & British Care Homes
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In earlier posts I have discussed the “care/profit tradeoff in nursing homes,” focusing on the role of private equity firms in reducing costs by limiting the liability of their enterprises. Cutting nursing staff and increasing the risk of elder neglect isn’t so costly for private equity barons when “complex corporate structures . . . obscure […]

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A Hollywood Ending for Pharma?

Filed in Uncategorized by on March 3, 2011 0 Comments
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There is an interesting article at Xconomy San Diego on the growing tensions between venture capitalists, biotech startups, and pharmaceutical companies. Many entrepreneurs feel like they’re getting a raw deal from big pharma firms. One source alleges that dealmakers are about to kill the geese that lay the golden eggs. In an earlier post, I […]

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