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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What became of Obamacare’s grandfather fix?

While marketing the Affordable Care Act, former President Barack Obama often said “If you like it, you can keep it.”, i.e. you would be able to keep your existing health insurance rather than having ...
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Is there any public health system that registers both biological sex and gender in the medical records?

This response to an article raises some concerns related to how the attribute "sex" is used within the NHS: Healthcare providers and the NHS should hold accurate, reliable information about ...
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Are there countries where being non-vaccinated disqualifies you from "standard" health insurance coverage (for that particular disease)?

Reading the latest news on Greece imposing fines on the non-vaccinated: "It's not a punishment," Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis told his cabinet in a televised meeting. "I ...
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How is the UK government addressing the shortage of doctors problem on the short to medium term?

I have recently found out the UK has one of the lowest number of doctors per 1000 inhabitants in Europe: The UK has 2.8 doctors per 1,000 population, which puts it well below the European Union (EU) ...
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Is Iran's claim of civilian uses for 60%-enriched Uranium valid?

(This is a followup question, I suppose, to: Are there non-military uses of 20%-enriched Uranium?) Following the US pulling out of the JCPOA agreement in 2018, and the other signatories enabling ...
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Why is Regeneron's Monoclonal Antibody COVID-19 treatment not being used in Canada? [closed]

In the United States, treating COVID using Regeneron's Monoclonal Antibody cocktail has been growing increasingly popular for its usefulness of treating patients at risk of hospitalization. It has FDA ...
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Do any countries have limits on healthcare personnel work hours?

One of the big problems during the pandemic was the stress caused by healthcare employees having to constantly work overtime to meet the huge spike in hospital patients infected with the virus. This ...
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In what specific way has the the EU "turned [its] rules upside down and inside out" on medicines in Northern Ireland?

In response to UK government accusations that the EU has been inflexible on medicines under the Northern Ireland protocol (see e.g. Boris Johnson's charge on 30 cancer drugs) the EU ambassador to the ...
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Why does the UK want to remove medicines from the scope of the Northern Ireland protocol?

I've read on the BBC that the UK is seeking to renegotiate the NI protocol with the EU (which is part of the Brexit deal). I can understand why the UK sees some of the provisions as burdensome, but I'...
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Is the NIH solely federal or public-private?

Many say the US drug industry came from the Federal, not the private sector. The US invests absurdly in basic health research. There they have the National Institutes of Health, the largest health ...
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Why are Republicans not against forcing employers to cover Viagra?

In my continued attempt to understand American politics, I am now writing another question that will probably spiral out of control soon. I do apologize for any mistakes in my framing of this question....
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For what reasons have countries outlawed prenatal testing?

For what reasons have countries outlawed prenatal testing? Is it something that is seen more in specific regions or not? Prenatal testing includes Chorionic villus sampling (CVS), Amniocentesis, ...
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Has any high official promoted reaching herd immunity through getting sick for a disease other than COVID-19?

I know this is quite old, but the question struck me only recently during a discussion. Applying the herd-immunity concept to humans is about 100 years old, so clearly it made sense to come into the ...
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Privacy-wise what are risks of Israel-type deal to share anonymized vaccine data IF a country is using nationalized health plan?

Israel has one of the fastest Covid vaccine rollouts in the world right now. To get it so many doses they signed a sweetheart deal with Pfizer to share anonymized, but highly detailed data with Pfizer ...
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Did the European Commission start an infringement procedure related to the quality of one or multiple EU members health systems?

Note: I will use Romania as an example in my post, but the question is general (EU level). Environment-related infringement procedures are something rather usual in the EU. Just to pick an example, ...
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(How) did Trump's administration rebut the accusation that lowering drug prices via regulations is tantamount to socialism?

In an amusing perhaps reversal of the usual rhetoric from ads in the 2020 elections, Trump found himself being accused of advancing some kind of socialism, at least if AP's summary of the rhetoric ...
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Is there some legal basis for POTUS having to "clear" subordinates for certain therapies?

Ben Carson, secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, was quoted saying that: "President Trump was following my condition and cleared me for the monoclonal antibody therapy ...
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Healthcare Insurance (Income & “Silver” Plans) [closed]

I’m a young college student looking to start purchasing health insurance here in the United States this year. I’m aware that open enrollment for 2021 starts tomorrow (November 1, 2020) and fully ...
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Why is the healthcare quality of the Veterans Affairs lower than that of active duty?

Medical centers operated by the Military Health System, which serves active duty members of the US military, deliver high quality health care with minimal wait times. The Veterans Affairs, which ...
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Are any nations in discussions with China to prevent any further dangerous viruses from becoming pandemic? [closed]

Has the US (or any western government) made any representations to China concerning responsibility regarding Covid-19? And is anyone in discussions with China, or any other country, as to how to ...
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What are the details of the Republican healthcare plan described by Trump in mid-July 2020?

Appearing on the 'Fox News Sunday' show on July 19th, giving an interview (transcript) with Chris Wallace, President Trump gave the following response to a question about his administration's actions ...
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Why doesn’t the Republican majority in the United States Senate reintroduce their heathcare legislation?

Republicans have been touting to "repeal and replace Obamacare" ever since Obamacare was first passed under the Obama administration. In 2017 the republicans put out their healthcare bill on ...
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How has the Scottish Government's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic differed from that of the UK Government?

As healthcare is a devolved matter in the UK, the Scottish government is broadly responsible for the Scottish response to the pandemic, while the UK government is chiefly responsible for the response ...
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Who was responsible for the decision to play "Live and Let Die" at Trump's visit to a mask factory? [closed]

Some of the media has been pointing out the irony in that when Trump was visiting a mask factory, the Guns and Roses song "Live and Let Die" was being played on loudspeakers. Some coverage of the ...
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Why is the United States voluntarily funding the World Health Organization 60 times more than China?

I read on https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-14/trump-says-he-s-halting-payments-to-who-for-data-sharing-failure: The U.S. has contributed about $893 million to the WHO’s operations ...
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What is the difference between the NHS and PHE (Public Health England)?

In the UK we've heard a lot from both the NHS and from PHE - for example, today's briefings had the medical directors of both the NHS and PHE. I'm a little confused as to the role of PHE given that ...
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What long-term options do politicians have for Covid-19 and what are their implications? [closed]

At the moment, basically every country seems to be busy avoiding catastrophe by a lock down. There is only little to no long-term exit strategy and for good reasons. However, the ultimate goal of ...
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How does libertarianism handle contagious diseases or pandemics?

In libertarianism, each person is responsible for their own health. Nobody is forced to take health insurance, and a hospital is not obliged to provide care to an individual who cannot pay for the ...
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Why did Secretary Michael Pervan not appoint a CHO in 2018?

So, I was looking at the Australian Chief Health Officers (CHOs), and couldn't find one for Tasmania. Upon further investigation, it looks like the Tasmanian Health Department was re-organized in ...
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What sustainable options do poorer non-first world countries have against COVID-19?

In wealthy first-world countries, although social distancing hurts on a social and economic basis, it is at least feasible for a certain time. Basically every country world-wide has now implemented ...
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During the COVID-19 pandemic, why is it claimed that the US President is making a trade-off of human lives for the economy?

This question posted recently makes a lot of assumptions, including the US President is currently making a trade-off of human lives for the economy or Trump's pro-economy death-permissive ...
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Can the Chinese or S Korean COVID approaches be implemented in the US (or Europe)?

The "Daily" NY Times podcast for 3/12/20 described two effective management schemes for handling the epidemic. Briefly: Chinese: Check everyone's temperature frequently on a massive scale. Track ...
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What's the political process for implementing mandatory screening of flight passengers for known infectious diseases?

After 9/11 people and their belonging must be checked as many items are prohibited. Now, after SARS-CoV-2019, should we start screening all passengers for known diseases to prevent outbreaks like ...
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What is the rationale behind delaying the imposition of more radical Covid-19 countermeasures?

On March 3rd, the UK government released a publication detailing its Coronavirus action plan, which contains the four-stage plan that will be implemented throughout the country, in all four devolved ...
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What is the significance of the WHO characterising Covid-19 as a pandemic?

According to Reuters news agency, the Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news conference today (March 11th) that: We are deeply concerned ...
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Who has the authority to institute mass quarantines in the US?

As countries around the world (Italy, China) implement mass quarantines, several questions arise for people in America. Is it constitutional to ban public assembly? What level of government (federal, ...
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Has there been a random survey of a population for COVID-19?

Has the World Health Organisation (WHO) or any government anywhere conducted random tests for COVID-19? It is announced today that in Britain they are going to step up the testing from 1,500 people ...
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Why are countries still introducing COVID-19 quarantines for travelers from affected regions, even though it's been proven they don't work?

Various governments seem to be playing whack-a-mole with travel restrictions and mandatory quarantines in the recent COVID-19 epidemic. First Chinese residents were banned from numerous countries. ...
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Why hasn't competition between health insurance providers led to lower prices for consumers?

In the US, a common argument I've seen against a universal healthcare system is that removing the ability of private health insurance companies to compete will give rise to a natural monopoly in the ...
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COVID-19 in US healthcare: who pays for testing?

If, as a US citizen or resident, I had flu-like symptoms and if I was not covered by Medicaid/Medicare and didn't have health insurance, who would be liable for paying for COVID-19 test diagnostics in ...
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How did the US prepare for the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak?

President Trump speaking at the end of February (Feb 26th 2020) gave an update about the response of the US to the novel coronavirus outbreak. In an announcement that introduced a new team to tackle ...
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Which countries with single payer healthcare ban duplicative coverage?

A single payer healthcare system is a system where all citizens have government health insurance. Now most countries with single payer healthcare allow people to buy supplemental private insurance, ...
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Why is COVID-19 prompting such wide scale action versus other infectious diseases?

The COVID-19 outbreak has been dominating the news recently, with loads of headlines and efforts being made to stop it from spreading. Why this disease? It's not one of the most lethal ones, or one ...
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Is there a (detailed) comparison of what the White House requested and what Congress approved for the HHS for FY2020?

To give you an idea what I'm looking for, I found such a comparison for science: I'm looking for a similar graph/comparison for the HHS, which includes the NIH, FDA, CDC, SAMHSA, Medicare & ...
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Why was the budget for the Center of Disease Control being cut drastically?

Right now, the CDC - according to The Trust for America's Health (TFAH)- says that the Center of Disease Control is underfunded by $4.5 billion and an act passed on December 22, 2017 cut $750 million ...
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Consequence of COVID-19 constituting a Public Health Emergency of International Concern?

Update: COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins CSSE Confirmed Coronavirus Cases and Deaths by Country and Territory Related links: COVID-19 wikiquote Why is COVID-19 prioritized over other ...
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How and why would (Bernie Sanders’) Medicare for All abolish private health insurance in the US?

Can the federal government really ban private health insurance companies from operating? It seems strange that the federal government would be able to outlaw contracts between two private parties ...
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Is there any credible attempt to analyze how cost savings from standardizing healthcare could compensate for extending it to universal system?

A big democratic talking point lately have been switching to a more universal health care system, which republicans obviously are opposed to due to the increased cost. However, It's well known that ...
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Why does California spend so much on healthcare?

Taking a look at the California State budget, one can see that 46% of their taxpayers' money goes towards healthcare costs. But why is this the case? Isn't healthcare generally a federal concern, with ...
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Lawful for some English public hospitals to stock more kinds of medications than others?

Left to right – Guy's, Cambridgeshire, Salisbury, Oxford. How's it legal for NHS trusts to have different formularies? Assume you live in Cambridge, but your migraine can be only treated with a ...
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