A Case for the Public Health Emergency Fund
Healthcare

A Case for the Public Health Emergency Fund

In August 2015, a physician in Brazil noticed that a patient’s microcephaly did not display the characteristics associated with normal causes of the disease. As additional cases were presented to the physician, the Zika virus was eventually identified as the cause. Today, this disease is dangerously close to becoming an epidemic in the United States. … Continue reading

Why the Founding Fathers Would Dislike “Obamacare”
Affordable Care Act / Fiscal policy / Politics / Tax

Why the Founding Fathers Would Dislike “Obamacare”

Among the many popular topics of the 2016 presidential campaigns, healthcare remains a timeless defining issue sparking vivid debate on both sides of the political spectrum. In the 2016 presidential campaign, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – commonly referred to as “Obamacare” – has become the privileged scapegoat. However, beyond the political contention, an aspect … Continue reading

Telehealth Series: Cutting Costs and Making Payments
Healthcare / Technology

Telehealth Series: Cutting Costs and Making Payments

According to Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii, who spearheaded the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies for Health Act (CONNECT), “telehealth is the future of health care.” The CONNECT for Health Act has been designed with the purpose of saving money and increasing access to health care by slimming down regulatory measures … Continue reading

Telehealth Series: Fighting Rural Health Inequities with Technology
Healthcare

Telehealth Series: Fighting Rural Health Inequities with Technology

In late 2015, Wisconsin became the 12th State to adopt the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC). This program recognizes that medical training is fairly uniform across the states involved, and it provides a quicker path to licensure for physicians looking to practice medicine in Wisconsin. The move for Wisconsin to enact the IMLC also presents a major … Continue reading

Fighting Waste: Proton Beam Therapy in Prostate Cancer
Healthcare / Medicare

Fighting Waste: Proton Beam Therapy in Prostate Cancer

Experts across the political spectrum have questioned how much society should be willing to pay for new and expensive treatments, especially if another treatment exists with a proven track record. Although it often escapes policymakers, the heart of this debate should be medical efficacy. For both the new treatment and the old, do they work? How … Continue reading

Economic Freedom Series: Why Do I need a Prescription for Contact Lenses?
Economy / Healthcare / Regulation

Economic Freedom Series: Why Do I need a Prescription for Contact Lenses?

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Federal Drug Administration (FDA) have infringed upon my economic liberties. Collectively, these government bodies created an inefficient marketplace that burdens contact lens retailers and consumers. In hopes of curtailing market power granted to contact lens prescribers by FDA regulation, the FTC designed the Fairness to Contact Lens Consumer Act … Continue reading