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April 30, 2018, 8:04 pm, 1847828
At least if you live in a market society. Consider, for example, this Miami Herald article (free registration required) on organic foods.

It's dated 3 Jan/07, written by Susan Salisbury, and headed:

S. Florida farmers see a fresh profit in organics

In ...


April 30, 2018, 8:04 pm, 1847830
Here's a story from the CTV website which is a bit of a twist on the long running "we could solve out doctor shortage problem if we'd only recognize the credentials of foreign trained doctors" theme.

The foreign doctors in this case are Brits:

The ...


April 30, 2018, 8:04 pm, 1847829
You wouldn't know it from much of the coverage, but George W. Bush's 2007 State of the Union speech included two health care proposals. The one that got most of the attention was the one dealing with the tax treatment of health insurance premiums. I'll discuss that one ...


April 30, 2018, 8:04 pm, 1847811
The New York Times ran an article on April 17/07 ($$$ subscription required) on the costs of treatments for drug addicts under New York's Medicaid program. It contains a couple of nice examples of optimal responses to incentives, or at least, individually optimal responses conditional on ...


April 30, 2018, 8:04 pm, 1847812
A bit of evidence, this time from the Wall Street Journal, on the matter of whether cigarette smokers respond to tax-driven price increases. The answer is that they do, but often not in the way the tax increasers wanted them to.

The story ...


April 30, 2018, 8:04 pm, 1847810
It's always nice to be able to back up an assertion drawn from theory with evidence, even if the sample size is limited (to 1, perhaps). The Albertan Dr. Al, who blogs at What's Wrong With Health Care provides some anecdotal support for something that I regularly tell ...


April 30, 2018, 8:04 pm, 1847807
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel ran a piece not too long ago which illustrated quite nicely a bit of the standard economic model of insurance. The story actually dealt with a decision by Florida State University to require all students to have health insurance - if they don't ...


April 30, 2018, 8:04 pm, 1847806
The Toronto Globe and Mail ran a story ($$$ subscription required) a little while back about cancer patients treating themselves with DCA, the drug which, according to reports out of the University of Alberta shows promise as a cancer treatment, based on its effectiveness in ...


April 30, 2018, 8:04 pm, 1847808
From the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, an article which contains some observations which should be kept in mind by anyone thinking about how to reform the US health insurance system. Interestingly enough, it's not an article on health insurance reform - those have a nasty habit of ...


April 30, 2018, 8:04 pm, 1847809
According to Canada's National Post newspaper, the province of Quebec has become the first Canadian province to impose carbon taxes. But, according to this story the plan has some slightly unusual details.

The story, from the 7 June/07 Post, is by Kevin ...