Health

Uninsured in the Lone Star State

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 4.8 million of the 19.6 million Texas residents - about one in every four - are not covered by health insurance. Moreover, the proportion of uninsured has changed…

South Africa's Battle with AIDS and Drug Prices

South Africa is mired in a health crisis as the rate of HIV infection reaches 22 percent of adults, including more than one in five pregnant women. The crisis is expensive. Drug treatment costs for AI…

Managing Health Care with the Internet

The Internet is the right tool at the right time to allow Americans to manage their own health care. It is changing the entire health care environment for physicians, insurers and patients. The Intern…

Does the Distribution of Income Affect Life Expectancy?

In the history of social thought, advocates of a more equal distribution of income have made many arguments to support their cause. Egalitarians are now advancing a new argument: inequality of income…

Four Years Of MSAs: The Lessons So Far

The Medical Savings Account (MSA) pilot program expires at the end of this year unless Congress acts soon to extend it.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) allowed…

Health Insurance: Letting Employees Choose

While managed care was rather successful at holding down health care inflation in the 1990s, it did so at the price of growing dissatisfaction among workers, their doctors and ultimately politicians.…

Medical Savings Accounts in South Africa

In South Africa, MSA plans have competed against other forms of insurance on a level playing field. The result has been remarkable. In a few short years, MSA plans have become increasingly popular, an…

Prescription Drug Costs: Has Canada Found the Answer?

Some Americans faced with the rising costs of prescription drugs have begun looking longingly at Canada, where prescription drugs appear to cost less than in the United States. Some seniors are taking…