I have recently been watching the BBC series Ambulance. It is a fly-on-the-wall documentary following the West Midlands Ambulance Service interspersed with candid interviews with ambulance staff, much in the same vein as other health care documentaries… Read More »Ambulance and economics
Supply of Health Services
Monopoly and competition in health care supply; models of
health care institutions (hospitals, nursing homes; for-profit, non-profit); care in the community: long term care, informal care; ambulance services; managed care; health care produc- tion functions; cost functions; economies of scale and scope; quality of care; regulation and price controls; the pharmaceu- tical and medical equipment industries.
In a well-publicized snapshot of the challenge of ICU triage, Chang and colleagues wrote: Critical care services can be life-saving, but many patients admitted to intensive care units (ICUs) are too sick or, conversely, not sick… Read More »ICU triage: a challenge and an opportunity
The statistics underlying the arguments around the weekend effect are complicated. Despite over a hundred empirical studies on the topic, and an observed increase in the risk of mortality for weekend admissions in multiple countries,… Read More »Weekend effect explainer: why we are not the ‘climate change deniers of healthcare’
The UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Access to Medicines recently published its long awaited report Promoting innovation and access to health technologies. The report explores and proposes some solutions to the well recognised problem… Read More »Access to medicines and medical technologies for the global poor