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A HEALTHY DEBATE: Health Care Reform

with John F. Cogan, Alain Enthovenvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, February 1, 2005

The United States leads the developed world in spending on health care, at nearly 15 percent of our GDP. But based on measures such as life expectancy at birth, Americans receive a lower level of care than do the citizens of many countries that spend less. What's wrong with health care in America? And how should we fix it? Peter Robinson speaks with John F. Cogan and Alain Enthoven.

Analysis and Commentary

What about the Battle against AIDS?

by Laura E. Hugginsvia Hoover Daily Report
Wednesday, December 8, 2004

By the time you finish reading this sentence, fifty people will have died of AIDS and eighty-five will be newly infected with HIV.

Analysis and Commentary

Avoiding Breadlines for Flu Vaccines

by David R. Hendersonvia Hoover Daily Report
Wednesday, November 3, 2004

One result of price control programs and liability laws has been that the number of vaccine producers has fallen in thirty years from twenty-five down to five.


with Carol Adelman, Greg Behrmanvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, August 26, 2004

The global AIDS pandemic is now in its third decade. Although treatments have improved and infection rates have slowed in the West, AIDS continues to take a staggering toll in Africa. And experts believe that Eurasia, particularly Russia, China, and India, may be next. Is the United States doing enough to combat the global AIDS crisis? Should the United States continue its current policy, which includes an emphasis on getting antiretroviral drugs to millions who can't now afford them? Or does the United States need to focus more on pressuring affected countries to reform their inadequate social and economic institutions? Peter Robinson speaks with Carol Adelman and Greg Behrman.

TIME HAS COME TODAY: Global Population and Consumption

with Paul Ehrlich, Steven Haywardvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, July 28, 2004

In 1990 the United Nations forecast that world population would peak at around 11 billion by the middle of this century. Now many experts believe the peak will be closer to 8 or 9 billion people. Is this slowing of global population growth good news for the earth's environment? Or do we still need to worry about the dangers of overpopulation and overconsumption? Peter Robinson speaks with Paul Ehrlich and Steven Hayward.

FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE: Global Poverty and the World Bank

with Douglass C. North, James Wolfensohnvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, March 3, 2004

Of the 6 billion people on earth, 1 billion—primarily in North America, Europe, and East Asia—receive 80 percent of the global income. Meanwhile more than 1 billion people subsist on less than one dollar a day. Despite billions in development aid, many Third World nations are no better off than they were half a century ago. Why are developing countries still so poor? And what can international development agencies such as the World Bank do to help?

Analysis and Commentary

End the FDA's Monopoly

by David R. Hendersonvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, February 23, 2004

Many users of such dietary supplements rushed to stock up on their supplies before the ban begins.

Analysis and Commentary

When Patients Pay, Costs Come Down

by Scott W. Atlasvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, November 3, 2003

Despite the recognized failure of managed care to control costs, and the failure of Canadian-style health care to deliver timely access to high-level medical care, there is now a call for even more bureaucracy.

Analysis and Commentary

For-Profit Hospitals Lead to Gains in Productivity

by Daniel P. Kesslervia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, August 25, 2003

Should nonprofit and public hospitals be allowed to convert to for-profit status and, if so, with what restrictions?

Analysis and Commentary

Vaccine Development a Casualty of Flawed Public Policy

by Henry I. Millervia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, May 5, 2003

Vaccines traditionally offer low return on investment but high exposure to legal liability.


Health Care Policy Working Group

The Working Group on Health Care Policy devises public policies that enable more Americans to get better value for their health care dollar and foster appropriate innovations that will extend and improve life.