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    Trump’s national emergency declaration will help the government fight the coronavirus, but most action will be at state and local levels.

Trump’s national emergency declaration will help the government fight the coronavirus, but most action will be at state and local levels.

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At the end of last week, President Trump declared a national emergency to tackle the spread of the coronavirus in the US. Joshua Kennedy looks at what this emergency declaration will mean for confronting the crisis: a reduction in regulatory requirements and the freeing of funds. Despite the declaration, he writes, most of the implementation and enforcement of coronavirus-related […]

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    Medical technology: sometimes more regulation can help innovation

Medical technology: sometimes more regulation can help innovation

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Regulators are often accused of killing patients or innovation. Matthew Grennan and Robert Town ask: are we getting the balance right?

Innovation is the lifeblood of successful businesses. “Moving fast and breaking things” can provide rapid access to new advances and great potential rewards. However, with innovation often comes uncertainty, and the consequences of product failure can be severe. Clever […]

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    Book Review: Silent Cells: The Secret Drugging of Captive America by Anthony Ryan Hatch

Book Review: Silent Cells: The Secret Drugging of Captive America by Anthony Ryan Hatch

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In Silent Cells: The Secret Drugging of Captive America, Anthony Ryan Hatch explores the use of psychotropic drugs as part of the US carceral state, focusing not only on jails and prisons, but also foster homes, immigrant detention centres, nursing homes and the military. This is a taut and nimble study, writes Alessandro Ford, that allows the silence around this […]

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    When planning healthcare reforms, policymakers should remember that bankruptcy can act as an implicit form of health insurance.

When planning healthcare reforms, policymakers should remember that bankruptcy can act as an implicit form of health insurance.

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For many in the US, the ability to file for bankruptcy can act as a form of health insurance, as households who already have little to lose can rely on them. In new research, Youngsoo Jang models different potential healthcare reforms, and finds that those which provide young and low-income households with more access to healthcare services are more […]

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    Why we should blame elected officials, not interest groups, for spiraling state government spending and debts 

Why we should blame elected officials, not interest groups, for spiraling state government spending and debts 

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Interest groups on both sides of the political aisle are often blamed for government’s ills, including rising budget deficits and debts. But in new research which studies interest group influence in the American states, Thomas T. Holyoke finds that while the number of interest groups in most states is growing, their influence is negative when there is a high level of […]

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    Democrats are more likely to support funding opioid treatment programs compared to Republicans, but both are opposed to building clinics nearby.

Democrats are more likely to support funding opioid treatment programs compared to Republicans, but both are opposed to building clinics nearby.

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In new research, Justin de Benedictis-Kessner and Michael Hankinson find that financial self-interest means that Democrats and low-income Republicans are generally more open to paying more taxes to fund opioid treatment programs. But why, then is there a shortage of opioid treatment clinics in many American communities? In their survey research, the authors also determine that both Republicans and […]

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    Creating a virtual Nebraska shows that eliminating a state legislative chamber doesn’t help rein in spending

Creating a virtual Nebraska shows that eliminating a state legislative chamber doesn’t help rein in spending

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Nebraska has the distinction of being the only US state to be governed by a unicameral – or single chamber – state legislature. In new research, William B. Hankins examines whether – through a potential reduction in duplication – the move from two to one chamber in the 1930s had any effect on state government spending. By creating a […]

A free market for medical care? It’s been tried

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Alternative medical practitioners and Jacksonian populists found common cause in an open market for medicine, write Jacob Habinek and Heather A. Haveman.

Even the most open of market economies accepts professional monopolies. Clients hand over decision-making to doctors and lawyers based on reputations for expert knowledge and reliable practice. And governments protect professionals against competition from frauds as well as […]

Single payer builds immunity to opioid crises

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All countries now have a decade to achieve both universal health coverage and to prevent and treat substance abuse under the United Nations’ 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Katherine Pettus argues that adopting a single-payer public health system is likely to be the only way to achieve these targets. Government procurement agencies, she writes, will also need to overcome the […]

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    Book Review: Healthy or Sick? Coevolution of Health Care and Public Health in a Comparative Perspective by Philipp Trein

Book Review: Healthy or Sick? Coevolution of Health Care and Public Health in a Comparative Perspective by Philipp Trein

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In Healthy or Sick? Coevolution of Health Care and Public Health in a Comparative Perspective, Philipp Trein examines the coevolution of policies to prevent diseases (public health) and policies aimed at curing illnesses (healthcare) through a comparative historical analysis of Australia, Germany, Switzerland, the UK and the US. This is a much-needed contribution to the field, finds Michael Warren, providing a […]

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