India just launched the largest health insurance scheme on the planet

The new insurance scheme — dubbed “Modicare” — will offer free medical services to 500 million citizens.

Neanderthals were compassionate caregivers, researchers suggest

They took care of their community members without expecting anything in return.

Why the US spends so much on healthcare, but doesn’t get the benefits it should

There’s a lot of bad news, but there’s also some good news.

Want better, cheaper health care? Pay doctors a flat salary, not per procedure, behavioral economists say

Doctors? Having conflicts of interests? Can’t be.

The rise of the Metrosexual Singaporean man

Botox, afternoon facials and jewellery – the preserve of image-conscious Singaporean females, right? Think again. The modern Singaporean man takes pride in his appearance too, and isn’t afraid to show it (or spend money on it). Blogger Albert Robinson noted years ago the trend for Singaporean men wearing jewellery, such as ear studs and necklaces on his blog while male grooming

Some 90% of radiology services in the U.S. hospitals are outsourced. Moving health care overseas?

Generally, you can view services like any other commodity and apply strict goods economics. So if the same type of service is available elsewhere, even in another country, at a cheaper price it makes sense, economically, to outsource. Is health care a different matter, however? Apparently, if you took an X-ray in the past decade, there’s a 90% chance it

Leveling global health within a generation could bring economic benefits 20 times the program’s cost

A new report made by a team of Harvard researchers proposes a set of measures aimed at leveling the health ground in the world by 2035. The authors envision a grand convergence, namely closing the most egregious equity gaps we still have between poor and rich populations around the world. Isn’t offering the same health benefits to everyone, indifferent of their

Things To Consider Before Choosing A Health Career

People often overlook health care career possibilities that go beyond clinical work.  The health care field offers opportunities in many areas including: Careers in medical research Administrative and customer service positions Careers in academia Various clinical positions Like with most careers, getting the right training is the best starting point.  Technical trade schools with clinical and administrative tracks designed to prepare

Understanding Patient Care Ethics

There are few careers that are more rewarding than one that is in the medical sector. While healthcare professionals are able to care and offer support to countless individuals, however, they are also faced with challenging ethical questions each and every day. It is because of this that those working in the medical field have subscribed to a body of

Men’s height up 11 cm on average since the industrial age

A new study that surveyed through records of hundreds of thousands of men from 15 European countries found that the average height has risen by 11 centimeters since then 1870s. This remarkable surge in men’s height over the span of just four generations has been attributed to the advances in health care since, most notably antibiotics and a massive drop

Climate-change disasters cost $14 billion in casualties and health care

In the first study of its kind, a group of researchers have quantified the financial impact of climate-change infused natural disasters on health care in the U.S., during the past decade. Floods, famines, fires and other natural disasters are reported to have cost the US government $14 billion in lost lives and and heath care costs. “When extreme weather hits,

Obesity responsible for $147 billion in US health care costs

A recent study conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that obesity related disorders account for ~10% of the total medical spending in the U.S. or, money-wise, approximately a whooping $147 billion. The study continues on stipulating that obese individuals spend 40% more on medical treatment than those of normal weight, or $1,429 more per year.

No health care revolution in sight

Though we have to admit there are some small steps toward an improving in general health care, we’ve expressed our opinion about how bad things are on numerous occasions. Only the fact that major pharmaceutical companies spend more on advertising than research is a huge problem, that (along with others) leads to a domino-like effect with a result that’s not

Big Pharma Spends More On Advertising Than Research

A drug company is a commercial business whose focus is to research, develop, market and/or distribute drugs, most commonly in the context of healthcare; from wikipedia. But according to a study by two York University researchers estimates the U.S. pharmaceutical industry spends almost twice as much on promotion as it does on research and development, contrary to the industry’s claim.