Continue to wash your hands

Some good news re: H1N1 lately:

U.S., Australian Researchers Say Single H1N1 Vaccine Dose Protects Adults Against Virus

Earlier Release Date Planned for H1N1 Vaccine

The below are intended to provide some Monday morning enjoyment.

Fast Company:

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New York Times via MSNBC:

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Remember: the most effective way to stop the spread of flu until a vaccine is ready is to wash your hands…often.

Health care again adds jobs

Health care added jobs in July (as it has continued to do) according to the latest BLS report (pdf).  Two reactions:

  1. Good.  We need employers to add jobs.
  2. It increases health care costs, especially not such a good thing as the economy continues to struggle.

The Health Blog reports that total health care employment has risen from 13.3 million to 13.6 million jobs, with grown seen throughout the industry.

Ahhh, competition?

The Health Care Fed idea was one of the best in the now waste of $10 Daschle book (Amazon tags it a BARGAIN PRICE, go figure; any lawyers want to start a class action filing to get our money back?).

Anyway, aren’t the “Me-too” drugs and devices critical to competition?

What we need is a “health-care Fed”: A panel of independent experts, consumers and ethicists who would make these tough decisions based on scientific evidence about what works, and what doesn’t.

Technologies that are real advances would go on the “A list” and be covered in full. “Me-too” drugs or devices with modest benefit for patients would only get partial coverage. And forget about treatments with unsubstantiated efficacy.

Making them more expensive (to the paying party) than the first movers defeats the purpose of competition.

The promise is on paper, fingers crossed?

Execution! “The last 98%.”

Groups representing hospitals, health-insurance companies, doctors, drug makers, medical-device makers and labor … will promise to help reduce the growth of national health-care spending by 1.5 percentage points in each of the next 10 years. (Wall Street Journal)

Cynicism aside, it’s a good first step.  Certainly a far cry from Harry and Louise (though even their views have changed).  But remember, a reduction in health care cost growth still means health care cost growth.  The left is optimistic, the right is trying to get organized.