Health care

Ten proposals from the 2018 Alternative Federal Budget

I’ve written a blog post about this year’s Alternative Federal Budget (AFB).

Points raised in the blog post include the following:

-This year’s AFB would create 470,000 (full-time equivalent) jobs in its first year alone. By year 2 of the plan, 600,000 new (full-time equivalent) jobs will exist.

-This year’s AFB will also bring in universal pharmacare, address involuntary part-time employment among women, eliminate tuition fees for all post-secondary students in Canada, speed up implementation of the federal carbon tax, and increase the corporate tax rate from 15% to 21%.

-I’m particularly intrigued by the AFB’s poverty reduction measures, which include a sizeable top-up to the GST rebate, a $4 billion annual transfer to the provinces and territories, increases to seniors’ benefits, and $3.5B in new spending for housing.

The full blog post can be found here.

Ten proposals from the 2018 Alternative Federal Budget

I’ve written a blog post about this year’s Alternative Federal Budget (AFB).

Points raised in the blog post include the following:

-This year’s AFB would create 470,000 (full-time equivalent) jobs in its first year alone. By year 2 of the plan, 600,000 new (full-time equivalent) jobs will exist.

-This year’s AFB will also bring in universal pharmacare, address involuntary part-time employment among women, eliminate tuition fees for all post-secondary students in Canada, speed up implementation of the federal carbon tax, and increase the corporate tax rate from 15% to 21%.

-I’m particularly intrigued by the AFB’s poverty reduction measures, which include a sizeable top-up to the GST rebate, a $4 billion annual transfer to the provinces and territories, increases to seniors’ benefits, and $3.5B in new spending for housing.

The full blog post can be found here.

New JAMA Study Shows that Electronic Health Records Do Not Reduce Administrative Costs

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 22/02/2018 - 4:55am in

New study on the EHR debacle shows that our multiple payer system creates the complexity that prevents cost-saving and makes EHRs so hard to implement

Andy Slavitt’s United States of Care: A Second “Undertaking” (and What We Can Expect From It)

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 20/02/2018 - 5:55am in

@USofCare, accounting control fraud, financial predation, conflict of interest, and abuse of workers.

Andy Slavitt’s United States of Care: A Second “Undertaking” (and It’s Bipartisan!)

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 19/02/2018 - 6:05am in

A close reading of the marketing collateral provided by United States of Care, and two interviews with Andy Slavitt

Panel discussion at federal NDP policy convention

Yesterday I spoke on a panel discussion on economic inequality, along with Andrew Jackson and Armine Yalnizyan. We were guests at the federal NDP’s policy convention in Ottawa. The panel was moderated by Guy Caron.

Topics covered included the minimum wage, basic income, affordable housing, the future of jobs, gender budgeting, poverty among seniors, Canadian fiscal policy in historical perspective, and Canadian fiscal policy in comparison with other OECD countries.

The discussion was 30 minutes long. You can watch it here.

Panel discussion at federal NDP policy convention

Yesterday I spoke on a panel discussion on economic inequality, along with Andrew Jackson and Armine Yalnizyan. We were guests at the federal NDP’s policy convention in Ottawa. The panel was moderated by Guy Caron.

Topics covered included the minimum wage, basic income, affordable housing, the future of jobs, gender budgeting, poverty among seniors, Canadian fiscal policy in historical perspective, and Canadian fiscal policy in comparison with other OECD countries.

The discussion was 30 minutes long. You can watch it here.

An Aetna “Fake Accounts” Level Scandal? Medical Director Admits He Never Reviewed Medical Records Before Denying Care

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 13/02/2018 - 10:30pm in

An Aetna medical director said he didn't review any cases, a bombshell admission even for one doctor, and damning if a normal practice.

Buffett, Bezos, and Dimon Launch “An Undertaking of Great Advantage” to “Innovate” in Health Care

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 06/02/2018 - 8:35am in

Decoding the press release on the new health care venture from Berkshire Hathway, Amazon, and JP Morgan.

Weight Gains from Trade in Foods: Evidence from Mexico

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 05/02/2018 - 9:25pm in

The majority of obese adults are now found in developing countries.

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