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 leverage or negotiation tools do government agencies actually have to negotiate prescription drug prices directly with drug companies?

The recent question Why did it take so long for the U.S. government to give Medicare the power to negotiate prescription drug prices directly with drug companies? reminded me of the old season 8 ...
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What policies exist to help elderly homeless people with serious mental disabilities?

I was at McDonald's last night and saw this old man sitting at a table alone, not eating. I watched as he got up and scooted out into the parking lot on his walker, looking around every few moments ...
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How commonplace was treatment of Gazans in Israeli hospitals prior to October 7?

Family members of Hamas leaders (and perhaps also other Gazans) are systematically treated in Israeli hospitals: Haniyeh's relatives who do not live in Israel or hold Israeli citizenship have also ...
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Under what conditions do governments have a responsibility to curb overpopulation?

Many governments face problems of underreproduction and overreproduction. Some governments promote fertility, such as Japan and Armenia. China famously had a one-child policy to curb fertility. True ...
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Why does the IDF call the surgery department of Al-Shifa the "Qatari Building"?

The IDF says that the Hamas tunnels (they've shown) were located under the "Qatari Building" of the Al-Shifa hospital. Sky News says this is the surgery department of the hospital. Tunnel ...
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What do Libertarians mean when they say that ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act), in the long run, leads to fewer people with disabilities employed?

Libertarians sometimes say that laws such as ADA lead, in the long run, to fewer people with disabilities being employed. How can that possibly be true? ADA is essentially saying that companies which ...
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How does healthcare tie to residency and work in rural China?

I know China has "universal healthcare", but I do not understand how Chinese healthcare works. I am told that healthcare in China is regional, and based on residency with the only way out of ...
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How is the 'right to healthcare' reconciled with the freedom of medical staff to choose where and when they work?

Medical staff consisting of doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, etc... The reason for asking is because there doesn't seem to be any theoretical explanations reconciling these competing rights. (At ...
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Why has US Maternal Mortality data become less accurate in recent years?

There is a recent report from the WHO about Maternal Mortality rate trends in the last 20 years. In this time the global Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR, maternal deaths per 100,000 live births for ...
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Why does France public health system seem to have so many problems despite its rather big financing?

According to this article, France public health system problems became so big that French President Emmanuel Macron addressed to France’s health workers about them: French President Emmanuel Macron ...
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Medicaid long-term care applications statistics

I am looking for statistics on applications for Medicaid long-term care coverage in the United States; ideally broken down by state, but I will take what I can get. I would like to know how many ...
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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 are so many Americans against Obamacare?

What is it about Obamacare that so many Americans are against such that it became an election pledge to repeal it? I could understand a candidate promising tax cuts and then after being elected ...
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Do any states or counties in the US have universal discounted/free healthcare?

Many countries, such as the UK, have universal healthcare which is free and widely available to residents of that country. While there have been previous questions on why state-run and national ...
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What is the status of the infringement procedure against Romania due to high pollution in Bucharest?

Background Virtually any Bucharest inhabitant can smell that something has burned during the night. This is confirmed by the air quality monitoring platforms such as Airly: Air pollution in Bucharest ...
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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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Does Andrew Yang support single-payer?

2020 Democratic Presidential candidate Andrew Yang’s website said this on March 9: With a shift to single-payer, costs can also be controlled directly by setting prices provided for medical ...
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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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Do disabled people have less of a right to their medical information than legal adults? [closed]

Consider a disabled person who is a legal adult. If his or her doctor wants to withhold medical information from them: Does the doctor have more of a right to do so simply because that person is ...
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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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Why are Democratic presidential candidates promising free health care for Illegal Immigrants?

During the second night of the first Democratic Presidential Debate, NBC host Savannah Guthrie asked the ten candidates at the debate: "Raise your hand if your government [healthcare] plan would ...
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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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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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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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Have governments used (or currently use) propaganda to undermine health in hostile countries?

Recently, there’s been claims that Russia has been fuelling anti-vaxxer sentiment in the US, and that one of the objectives is to undermine the health of the country - not the political health of 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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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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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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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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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 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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Why do people in the United States seem so averse to a Public Health system?

My question relates to a simple fact, that to many Europeans it seems that every time a President of the USA is committed to create a real Public Health service, the people seem to act against their ...
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Why is it so hard to achieve an efficient health system within US?

This paper (check ANNEX) places United States on 37th position in terms of medical systems "efficiency" (I cannot tell the date when this study was made). Efficiency is computed using various ...
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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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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 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 ...