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Questions tagged [healthcare]

Questions related to the sociopolitical fundamentals of healthcare (i.e. access to healthcare in a given country) regarding the policies regulated and/or supplied by governments.

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Has any person/group ever actively campaigned to switch to an opt out policy for organ donation in the US?

There are generally two options for determining rather a deceased individual's organs can be used from donation. The Opt-in policy says that the organs can not be used unless a person explicitly ...
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How many Americans are actually uninsured?

NBC News reports that Sen. Bernie Sanders has the following response to House Democrats' PAYGO rules: "At a time when climate change threatens our planet, when our infrastructure is crumbling, when ...
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Do any members of Congress support a British-style socialized healthcare system?

A number of Democratic members of Congress, Senator Bernie Sanders being the most prominent, support a Canadian-style single-payer system where doctors and hospitals are private, but health insurance ...
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Why is the principle of priority so rarely used in relation with organ donation?

This article argues about increasing organ donation by presumed consent and allocation priority: To promote organ donation, legislating the principle of priority provides a strong incentive by ...
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Is the use of “fear” effective in terms of voter turn out in US elections…?

The November 6th election has seen record turnout in some states that were electing senators and representatives. Use of fear has been around for a long time but this election has seen unpresident ...
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Health care ballot initiative for nurse staffing: why no compromise?

Next month the voters in Massachusetts USA will be asked to decide whether to enact a law mandating certain specific nurse-to-patient staffing ratios in hospitals. Why was there no compromise? Why did ...
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What is the reason for organ donation “soft opt-out” even if the person has explicitly allowed organ donation?

According to this BMJ article, in many countries that have a presumed organ donation policy, the family can override person's decision related to donating his/her organs: (..) although Spain is ...
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How are free-for-consumer prescriptions paid for in a publicly-financed healthcare system?

In the UK, eligible citizens have access to free medical prescriptions. Does the NHS have special deals with drug companies and if so what are they?
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Why are alcohol beverages generally exempted from displaying nutritional facts/ingredient list within EU?

This is related to this question, but applied within European Union. According to this source, EU does not impose nutritional facts or ingredient list display for alcoholic beverage: Alcoholic ...
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Why does having a soda tax seem so hard to achieve in the US?

According to this Harvard article eating too much added sugar can lead to serious health issues: A sugar-laden diet may raise your risk of dying of heart disease even if you aren’t overweight. So ...
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If medication prices in the US are higher than in other countries, why not import from there?

In the United States, many medications are much more expensive than in other countries (see for example How the U.S. Pays 3 Times More for Drugs). This is a serious problem for many patients, and ...
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Why is advertising for medication requiring prescription allowed?

Recently I have seen on local media (mainly TV within an Eastern European country) multiple ads for medication that requires prescription. It looks to be much more regulated than vitamins as it ...
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Are there countries besides Israel preferring organ donor card holders or is there any experience with this policy?

I wonder about a policy of prioritizing organ donor card holders over others, when allocating donated organs, given that all other conditions are equal. Background information: A policy preferring ...
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Why does Spain have such a low paid leave available to mothers?

A friend of mine who is an MD in Spain told me that paid leave is small in Spain (16 weeks, check column Total paid leave available to mothers within the table at page 3) as compared to virtually all ...
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Is NHS reliance on foreign doctors typical?

Most of the United Kingdom's healthcare is provided by the tax funded and state organised National Health Service. Since it was created in 1948 the NHS has always required foreign doctors. In 2014 ...
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Why are medicine and certain medical procedures so expensive? [closed]

In countries such as the United States many prescription medicines are really expensive, and it seems like those medicines wouldn’t be that expensive to make. Also many medical procedures seem to be ...
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Can an EU country government extend exception list for freedom of expression?

By the end of 2017, a Romanian NGO financed some banners that can be easily interpreted as against vaccination (like this one - the first line says "vaccines are not safe"). According to this article,...
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Why did Trump fire all members of the PACHA?

Recently, Trump fired all members of his AIDS/HIV council (PACHA). Why would anyone actively choose to shut down a council on an important health issue?
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How does repealing the individual mandate adversely affect Obamacare?

The Senate will be voting on the Republican tax plan tonight, with the House revoting it tomorrow. From what I understand, the bill will repeal the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate. I have ...
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Why does Denmark spend less of their budget on their universal health care than USA does?

Health care makes up about 28 % of the federal spending in the US. See this. In Denmark, a country which, unlike the US, offers universal health care, which ought to be more expensive for the ...
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How do libertarians see people that have an illness that they cannot afford treating by themselves?

Libertarians usually are strong critical of government financed health-care. Under this ideology, what would a person with a health condition that is out of pocket have to do to treat do under the ...
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Healthcare costs [closed]

I am near 40 now and have always been athletic which has led multiple hospital visits in various states (sometimes I had health insurance sometimes I didn't). Also, I now live in HI which has great ...
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Did Rand Paul discuss why he changed his mind on Repeal and Delay?

Shortly after President Trump took office, Congressional Republicans were planning to pass a "repeal and delay" bill, i.e. a bill which would repeal as much of Obamacare as can be done through budget ...
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What did Trump mean by “Nambia”? [closed]

The pronunciation suggests he meant either the Gambia, Namibia or Zambia. Which is most plausible, given his praising of the healthcare services in "Nambia"?
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Graham-Cassidy: Where does this name come from?

I'm puzzled, something which sounds remarkably like the recent US proposals to reform (or at least, significantly change) the health care system has emerged as a proposal named Graham-Cassidy. There'...
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Can someone explain how the healthcare Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) testing is applied to health insurance policies?

(with respect to healthcare insurance and specifically to individual market policies) I already know (generally) how the Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) is calculated, what I'm specifically interested in is ...
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Are there any states in US that allow healthcare premiums to increase without limit?

My understanding is that most states have an insurance commission that (among other things) is tasked with approving health insurance premiums in that state. In answer to a previous question, the ...
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Why are insurers dropping out of the ACA exchange?

According to Kaiser Family Foundation (as of Aug 4, 2017) 17 counties are at risk of having no insurers for the ACA exchange for 2018. For background/context: That would impact 9,600 current ...
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Why are US politicians concerned that some US counties may only have 1 insurer choice in 2018

US Health & Human Services announced that some 2.5 million current ACA exchange enrollees will (or may) find that they have only 1 choice of insurer in 2018. https://www.cms.gov/CCIIO/Programs-and-...
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By what process can the President prevent the Treasury from paying out subsidy checks to commercial insurers as provided in the ACA?

Background: In general, as I understand it, the US Treasury is currently making monthly subsidy payments to commercial insurers to the benefit of each qualified ACA marketplace enrollee. Would ...
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Why have the Republicans been pressured to repeal Obamacare straight away when Obamacare itself took years to negotiate?

I can understand why they want to repeal Obamacare. It was an election promise and they had been wanting to do it for many years. However, I don't understand why they've been compelled to do it ...
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Is it possible for Trump to kill Affordable Care Act (or just the Individual Mandate) through an Executive Order?

President Trump has been waiting for Republicans in Congress and Senate to successfully pass an alternative to the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare). Instead of waiting for the Congress and ...
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Why did John McCain fly all the way to Washington after brain surgery just to vote no?

Despite being diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer and having brain surgery, John McCain still managed to fly all the way to Washington to vote on the repeal and replace of Obamacare. ...
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Why don't Senate Republicans just pass a blank bill instead of “skinny repeal”?

Senate Republicans are considering voting on "skinny repeal", which most of them insist they do not want to actually become law (because among other things, it repeals the individual mandate with ...
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What medical costs burden the military enough to warrant banning all transgender people?

Reported in Donald Trump bans transgender people from serving in the military President Trump tweeted: “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United ...
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Has the text of McConnell's “skinny repeal” bill been released?

This Business Insider article details Senate Republicans' plans regarding Healthcare today. First, the Senate will take up a motion to proceed. Then assuming that passes (which is in doubt as I ...
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Have any Republican senators announced they'll oppose the motion to proceed on 2017-07-26?

This Axios article describes what the Senate is planning to do tomorrow on Healthcare. First they'll vote on a motion to proceed on the House Republican Healthcare bill, the AHCA. Assuming it passes,...
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What are the ramifications of eliminating the MLR requirement in ACA

The House and Senate bills for healthcare reform would eliminate the Federal requirement that insurance carriers pay out (for actual clinical care) at least 80 cents for every premium dollar collected....
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Purchase of Healthcare insurance across County borders - why prohibited?

Why does the ACA exchange prohibit purchase of individual healthcare policies across county boundaries? I can understand the argument as to why some (most) states prohibit purchase across state lines ...
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Have high risk health insurance pools been tried in practice?

I have heard contradictory opinions on having high risk pools as a (partial) solution to healthcare direction in US. Some stating it's a good idea, some that it would blow up spectacularly if ...
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Has single-payer healthcare been actually introduced as a proposed bill recently?

Have any US Senate or House-of-Representatives members introduced a bill mandating a universal, single-payer health care system? Say, over the past 5 years? I've heard a lot of talk about how this is ...
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How does religion interfere with medical practice in US?

I have recently watched a short documentary about abortion and refusal of performing such procedures due to religious reasons in my native country. The legislation is not clear, since two rights seem ...
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Does the Senate Healthcare bill alter Obamacare's pre-existing conditions provisions?

Liberal political blogger Kevin Drum just said this, based on his initial read of the Senate Healthcare bill proposed by Republicans: This is tentative, but…. I’ve just taken a quick look at ...
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What happens when there are no ACA marketplace options?

According to this article, Anthem is withdrawing from most insurance markets in Ohio: Based on current company footprints, this would appear to leave 20 rural Ohio counties at risk of lacking a ...
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How could California finance a single-payer healthcare scheme with only a payroll tax

Apparently there's a legislative initiative in California to create a single-payer state-level healthcare system - see this story for example. I've noticed, however, that the plan may be financed ...
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Why does the government enact policies against obesity (from a purely economics based perspective)?

Taking the US and UK as examples, their respective governments are often implementing policies which seek to reduce obesity. A form of deterrence used is increased taxes on 'junk food' to promote ...
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Why doesn't Canada or any other country extend universal health care to Americans? [closed]

People could contribute premiums the same as if it was income tax. In other words, what says that universal health care in America needs to be provided by congress? Couldn't another country beat ...
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Why are there still developed countries with low cigarette prices?

The negative effects of smoking are long proven and nearly every country in the world has committed to fight the practice. It is also well known what causes people to quit smoking - high prices, ...
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Why was pre-Obama healthcare considered by some to be a failed market?

Normally, a market with no monopolists in it is assumed to make anything that can be made affordable, and for which there is a wide demand, to become affordable rather sooner than later, since anyone ...
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What are the arguments for privatising the National Health Service in the UK?

What are the arguments for privatising the National Health Service in the UK? Bounty Note: The answer should include official statements from MPs (current or previous) and credible sources (such as ...