Healthcare refers to the system or systems used to deliver medical care to patients. It may be a monolithic, government controlled system (like the NHS in some parts of the UK) or a mixed system of providers and insurers (as in the US). Healthcare is the way the delivery of medical science is ...

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Does the US rank worse than other developed countries in infant mortality mostly because of differences in the definition of “infant mortality”?

Wasn't sure how to phrase that title, but in a comment on this article, someone stated that The US ranks 30th in child birth mortality; 30th, not 5th or even 7th, 30th, behind most of Europe, ...
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Is Philip Nitschke the first doctor in the world to administer a legal, voluntary, lethal injection, in 1996?

This Reuters article reports: Dr Philip Nitschke, who says he was the first doctor in the world to administer a legal, voluntary, lethal injection, said it is time for Britain and others to ...
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Did a computer algorithm predict the 2014 Ebola outbreak 9 days before WHO?

This article claims that a computer algorithm predicted the recent (2014) Ebola outbreak 9 days before the World Health Organization announcement. Is this true? As you can read in the article the ...
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Sleep deprivation due to binaural beats [duplicate]

I tried binaural beats for the 1st time yesterday.In the evening I downloaded "undacova-binauralbeats07" (5min track). But i was unable to sleep the whole night.As soon i tried harder to sleep I could ...
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Did more than 10 million people get health insurance due to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)?

The Huffington Post claims: More Than 10 Million People Got Insurance Because Of Obamacare, Feds Say The number of Americans without health insurance declined by 10.3 million because of ...
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Did the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) increase individual market premiums by an average of 49% nationwide?

This article in Forbes says it did. Did they pick and choose their data, or is that an accurate assessment?
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Are people dying of starvation because we cannot produce enough food?

I have been watching a BBC documentary Botany: A Blooming History - Episode 3 Hidden World In it, (at ~51m35s) Timothy Walker, the presenter, says: ...Certainly there may be risks attached to ...
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How many people have lost their health insurance as a result of the ACA (Obamacare)?

The ACA changed health insurance regulations, placing new requirements on most or all health insurance plans in the United States. These changes have resulted in the obsolescence of many existing ...
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Does food on blue plates look tastier?

This Daily Mail article says the NHS is replacing their plates with blue ones to get patients to eat more. NHS caterers have finally found a means of getting frail patients to eat more – putting ...
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Have surgical guidelines on the use of beta-blockers killed tens of thousands of people?

Medical guidelines designed to avoid damage to the heart during non-cardiac surgery in Europe recommend the use of beta-blockers. But the guidance was partially written by and largely based on work by ...
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Does government spending on healthcare promote economic growth?

As governments attempt to get their finances back into balance, many have cut back on a wide range of spending commitments. Some governments such as the UK have chosen to protect spending on ...
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Do obese people have lower lifetime healthcare costs?

I've always been told that obesity is a drain a country's healthcare system...and it's generally accepted as fact. In online debates I frequently see reference to this. I remember seeing news ...
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Has medical prescribing become dominated by marketing rather than evidence?

Recent books by critics of the pharmaceutical industry (such as David Healy's Pharmageddon and Ben Goldacre's Bad Pharma) have highlighted problems in the way the industry promotes its products. In a ...
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Does the inclusion of whole population medical screening undermine the benefits of wellness programmes?

Workplace wellness programmes are becoming increasingly popular as employers (and governments) attempt to control escalating healthcare costs. They offer the promise of making the workforce healthier ...
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Is “treatment induced injury” one of the leading causes of death and disability?

David Healy's latest blog warns against the credulity of doctors in the face of vast marketing efforts by pharmaceutical firms. In making a general argument about how the medical profession ought to ...
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Have statins been responsible for a major reduction in cardiovascular disease?

Statins are a range of pharmaceuticals that inhibit the body's ability to produce "bad" cholesterol thereby reducing the amount in the blood. Lower LDL levels in the blood are known to be associated ...
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Was 31.5% of Medicare payments in 2006 the result of fraud?

To much fanfare, in 2006 Medicare announced that only 7 percent of its payments were a result of fraud. Two years later, The New York Times reported that it was actually 31.5 percent -- and ...
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Has the congress opted out of Obama care?

I hear this on radio talk shows every now and then (mostly republican) that congress has exempted themselves from Obama care, that is how good it is. For example: How the White House is weaseling ...
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Did any aspect of the Affordable Care Act take effect March 23, 2010?

I just stumbled upon this article, which details an alleged Obamacare-induced horror story of a particular cancer patient. The particular claim of which I am skeptical is: Within one hour of ...
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Does “Obamacare” require the disclosure of medical records to the government?

According to an article from Capitalism Magazine, ObamaCare is perhaps the ultimate in busybody politics. People who have never even run a drugstore, much less a hospital, blithely prescribe what ...
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Is there evidence that competition between hospitals creates better quality and lower cost healthcare?

There is a debate in England, as the government is changing the way the NHS works, to introduce more competition. The NHS will still operate as a single payer, covering the whole population: but ...
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Does ignoring the extent of death caused by medical error distort the public perception of the quality of US healthcare?

Despite comparative evidence that US healthcare is very expensive and not particularly good by international standards, Americans seem to love it as evidenced by the debate on Obamacare and questions ...
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Is McDonald's exempt from the HHS Contraception Mandate?

The President of Eden Foods, a natural and organic food distributor, recently wrote: The exemptions under the Act are illogical, inconsistent, and contributing factors to our lawsuit. For ...
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Would the US deficit disappear if the costs of medical activity were more like the rest of the world?

It is well known that the USA spends more of its national wealth on healthcare than other countries (see, for example, some of the analysis in this question: Is more than 30% of US healthcare spending ...
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Does the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) provide higher quality, cheaper care than most other US health systems?

The VHA is the integrated health system providing healthcare to US military veterans managed by the Department of Veteran Affairs. It is currently regarded by by some other health systems as a model ...
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Are slow metabolisms to blame for obesity?

I have heard many times that someone's "slow metabolism" is responsible for their obesity. Many times I've also heard that it isn't to blame. Here's an example of a source claiming that slow ...
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Does masturbating everynight cause problems in the future? [duplicate]

Did you know that plain and simple, over-masturbation will lead to sexual under performance by way of premature ejaculation, as well as other sexual problems. “Over-production of sex hormones” ...
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Was there an “expressionless” woman admitted to Cedar Senai hospital in LA in 1972?

The story goes: In June of 1972, a woman appeared in Cedar Senai hospital in nothing but a white, blood-covered gown. Now this, in itself, should not be too surprising as people often have ...
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If a defibrillator is correctly applied to a person with a normal heart rate, what consequences will they suffer? [closed]

I've heard people say that a defibrillator being used on someone whose heart has a normal beat, like if they have a blocked throat and can't breathe, but still have a regular pulse. However, I have ...
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Is more than 30% of US healthcare spending waste?

National healthcare spending in the USA consumes more than 18% of GDP and is growing rapidly. Europeans criticise the expense and relatively poor quality of the US system (for example, see this ...
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Are the vast majority of medical procedures routinely used by physicians ineffective and unproven?

An organization called Freedom Health Canada makes an extraordinary claim on their website, which can be found here. “Scientifically controlled clinical trials have shown that only 10 -20 % of ...
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Have 98% of Catholic women used birth control?

An NPR article on the debate about contraceptive coverage makes the following claim: In fact, 98 percent of Catholic women use birth control at some point in their lifetimes. Is this claim true? ...
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Is ICD-9 to ICD-10 migration in health care industry another Y2K-like opportunity?

The World Health Organisation publish the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD). A new version, ICD-10 was published in 1992. I work in health care ...
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Are cancer recovery rates the same as they were in 1920?

Related: Have any “cures” been invented since the 1950's or so? I ran across the movie Cut Poison Burn, who's abstract is as follows: Cut Poison Burn is a controversial, eye opening, and ...
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Is osteopathic medicine evidence based?

There seems to be a lot of conflation of osteopathic medicine with other alternative medicines, even questions about whether or not it is an alternative medicine or mainstream. In the U.S. ...