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The Global Grip of Cigarette Smoking

Author: Thomas J. Bollyky
Los Angeles Times

Thomas Bollyky examines the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Surgeon General's report on the dangers of tobacco, its ensuing achievements, and steps the United States can take in addressing tobacco control in developing countries.

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NYT: Patients' Costs Skyrocket; Specialists' Incomes Soar

Author: Elisabeth Rosenthal

"Doctors' charges — and the incentives they reflect — are a major factor in the nation's $2.7 trillion medical bill. Payments to doctors in the United States, who make far more than their counterparts in other developed countries, account for 20 percent of American health care expenses, second only to hospital costs."

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Health Technology Assessment in Universal Health Coverage

Authors: Yanzhong Huang, Kalipso Chalkidou, Robert Marten, Derek Cutler, Tony Culyer, Richard Smith, Yot Teerawattananon, Francoise Cluzeau, Ryan Li, Richard Sullivan, Victoria Fan, Amanda Glassman, Yu Dezhi, Sam McPherson, Thiagarajan Sundararaman, Neil Squires, Nils Daulaire, Rajeev Sadanandan, and Alexandre Lemgruber
The Lancet

Yanzhong Huang and colleagues examine universal health coverage and the role of technology.

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New York Times: As Hospital Prices Soar, a Stitch Tops $500

Author: Elisabeth Rosenthal

"A day spent as an inpatient at an American hospital costs on average more than $4,000, five times the charge in many other developed countries, according to the International Federation of Health Plans, a global network of health insurance industries. The most expensive hospitals charge more than $12,500 a day. And at many of them, including California Pacific Medical Center, emergency rooms are profit centers. That is why one of the simplest and oldest medical procedures—closing a wound with a needle and thread—typically leads to bills of at least $1,500 and often much more."

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Wired: The Surge

Author: Matthieu Aikins

"Once you have beaten back a disease to just a few hundred cases, they will almost by definition be concentrated in places where there's some barrier—geographical, cultural, political—to easy vaccination. In general, each marginal case will cost more, and will consume more time and effort and labor, than the one before it...[but] the math of cost-benefit analy­ses runs aground when it comes to eradication campaigns, because the benefits, in theory, are infinite."

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Renewing America Series: The Cost of U.S. Healthcare

Speakers: Steven Brill, Ezekiel Emanuel, and William Haseltine
Presider: Rana Foroohar

Experts discuss how the cost of U.S. healthcare is impacting the economy, as part of CFR's Renewing America series.

The Renewing America series examines how policies at home directly influence the economic and military strength of the United States and its ability to act in the world.

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