New $10,000 Award for Best Health Care Blogging

February 3, 2015

The 1st Annual NIHCM Foundation Health Care Digital Media Award is open to work published specifically for an online audience in 2014. Submissions will be accepted from independent blogs and blogs or verticals associated with news outlets, research journals, universities and other organizations.

“There’s a melding of traditional roles and boundaries happening in right now in digital media—where researchers are publishing on news sites, journalists are leading with charts, and a patient armed with a laptop can have a powerful voice,” said Ms. Chockley. “This award recognizes that important insights can come from anywhere.”

The winner will be announced at NIHCM Foundation’s 21st Annual Awards Dinner on June 1, 2015 in Washington, DC, along with the winners in four other categories: research, general circulation print journalism, trade print journalism, and television and radio journalism.

The deadline for entry is February 18, 2015. Visit for more information and online entry.

via New $10,000 Award for Best Health Care Blogging.

Health-care reform: Rationer-in-chief | The Economist

July 15, 2010

“AN INSULT to the American people,” storms Senator John Barrasso. Like many other Republicans, he is outraged that Barack Obama has bypassed the traditional congressional review process by installing Donald Berwick, a paediatrician and Harvard academic, as the head of the Centres for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). In this position, which supervises the federal health schemes for the elderly and indigent, Dr Berwick will have a big say in determining how Mr Obama’s controversial new health reforms are implemented. More at The Economist. | Of NICE and Men

July 7, 2010

Speaking to the American Medical Association last month, President Obama waxed enthusiastic about countries that “spend less” than the U.S. on health care. He’s right that many countries do, but what he doesn’t want to explain is how they ration care to do it.

Take the United Kingdom, which is often praised for spending as little as half as much per capita on health care as the U.S. Credit for this cost containment goes in large part to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, or NICE. Americans should understand how NICE works because under ObamaCare it will eventually be coming to a hospital near you. More at

Insurance Pools Readied in Some States |

June 25, 2010

Robert Pear. Insurance Pools Readied in Some States. New York Times, June 25, 2010.

The Obama administration is poised to award contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars to about 20 states to run new insurance pools for people with serious medical problems. More at

Health care systems in Sweden and China: Legal and formal organisational aspects | Health Research Policy and Systems

June 22, 2010

Bjorn Albin, Katarina Hjelm, Wen Chang Zhang. Health care systems in Sweden and China: Legal and formal organisational aspects. Health Research Policy and Systems 8(1). [Full Text (pdf)]

Sharing knowledge and experience internationally can provide valuable information, and comparative research can make an important contribution to knowledge about health care and cost-effective use of resources. Descriptions of the organisation of health care in different countries can be found, but no studies have specifically compared the legal and formal organisational systems in Sweden and China. Aim: To describe and compare health care in Sweden and China with regard to legislation, organisation, and finance. More at Health Research Policy and Systems

The Samaritan’s Dilemma: Should Government Help Your Neighbor? | Deborah Stone | Reviewed in Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law — Table of Contents (June 2010, 35 [3])

May 24, 2010

Deborah Stone. The Samaritan’s Dilemma: Should Government Help Your Neighbor? New York: Nations Books, 2008. 327 pp. $25.95 cloth. Reviewed by Cynthia Massie Mara in Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law 35(3): 425-429 (2010); DOI:10.1215/03616878-2010-007 [PDF] [References]

In The Samaritan’s Dilemma: Should Government Help Your Neighbor? Deborah Stone builds on her argument and theory formulation in Policy Paradox: The Art of Political Decision Making. In the earlier book, her intent is to shape an approach to political analysis based on a positive view of politics and community. In both works she maintains that not all methods of policy making mesh equally well with democracy. Her pen is now aimed at the three-decade-old policy thinking that embraces economics, rational analysis, and determinative rules based on a model of society as a market rather than a political community and of human nature as (almost) purely self-interested. Late in the 1970s, Stone writes, “public policy was overtaken by economists. . . . Political science, imitating economics, was overtaken by rational-choice theorists.” Public philosophy, which provides a basic framework for political decisions, changed from help-when-help-is-needed to help-is-harmful. This economics-based approach, Stone asserts, fosters distrust of politics and government, diminishes civic participation,and erodes democracy. More at Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law

Witch hunt: Right wing distorts CMS nominee Berwick’s comments in latest smear | Matthew Gertz: Media Matters for America

May 14, 2010

Right-wing media have launched an assault on Donald Berwick, President Obama‘s nominee to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Those attacks distort Berwick’s statements on the U.S. and U.K. health care systems and ignore fundamental realities about the those systems, as well as Berwick’s broad support. More at Media Matters for America.