Focus on Health

Focus on Health

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On July 12, Pew published a study on the growing problem of quality control for drugs manufactured abroad.

On July 12, the House Budget Committee held a hearing on the Independent Payment Advisory Board.

On June 30, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development released new data on health care spending. It is by far the highest in the U.S. at 17.4 percent of GDP (public and private combined). The nation with the next largest amount of health spending is the Netherlands at 12 percent of GDP. The OECD average is 9.5 percent of GDP.

On June 28, health analyst Avik Roy published an article detailing the history of Medicare and past efforts at reform.

On June 27, the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation published a study showing that just 5 percent of the population is responsible for half of all health care spending.

On June 24, Indiana University law professor David Orentlicher posted a paper saying that there is really no doubt about the constitutionality of the health care mandate.

On June 23, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on health care entitlements.

Also on June 23, the Progressive Policy Institute published a studyy of whether the Food and Drug Administration is strangling innovation.

On June 7, the Institute of Medicine published a report on the impact on health of climate change.

I last posted items on this topic on June 14.

Bruce Bartlett is an American historian and columnist who focuses on the intersection between politics and economics. He blogs daily and writes a weekly column at The Fiscal Times. Bartlett has written for Forbes Magazine and Creators Syndicate, and his work is informed by many years in government, including as a senior policy analyst in the Reagan White House. He is the author of seven books including the New York Times best-seller, Imposter: How George W. Bush Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy (Doubleday, 2006).

Bruce Bartlett’s columns focus on the intersection of politics and economics. The author of seven books, he worked in government for many years and was senior policy analyst in the Reagan White House.