Tag Archives: healthcare costs

The Emotional Costs of Inequality

The Globe and Mail reviewed “The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better,” by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, Allen Lane. The reviewers write that: “This is the authors’ “big idea”: People’s health depends on the quality of their social relationships, and the most important determinant of the quality of social relationships […]

Treatments for Adolescent Depression

A new study takes a look at the effectiveness of various treatments for teenage depression. Unfortunately, I cannot give you a link to the article as it is on a subscription service. But here’s the citation for the article: Treatment of adolescent depression: what we have come to know Benedetto Vitiello, M.D Depression and Anxiety […]

More Lucre in Healthcare

The Boston Globe is reporting today that Dr. Joseph Biederman is “asking a judge to seal his testimony and accompanying documents in a huge multistate lawsuit, saying they “could be immensely damaging to him, both personally and professionally.” Dr. Biederman is professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Director of Massachusetts General Hospital’s Pediatric […]

Notes on Lucre and Healthcare

Two recent articles show the influence of healthcare related industries on the provision of treatment. The first is obviously scandalous. Scientific American reports on Dr. Scott Reuben. He evidently traded his professional integrity for rewards from the big pharmaceutical companies. As Scientific American puts it: “Anesthesiologist Faked Data in 21 Studies.” The result was “the […]