POLICY: Medical bankruptcy podcast

This is a podcast that I’ve done with Michael Millenson who deigns to attack David Himmelstein’s hallowed article on medical bankruptcy.  We had a good time in this interview, even though I think Michael’s picked the wrong target, and he’s ever the purist.  The last couple of minutes had to be excised so that either of us might ever work in this town again….

Here it is: Michael Millenson interview

UPDATE. And here’s the Dranove Millenson article, and the reply from Himmelstein, and the retort to that reply.  And the name calling from Don McCanne.  They should have known that that Ignagni woman would be trouble!

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  1. I think you are right, Michael and Matthew, when you state that a lot of zealots, whether from the right or left, happily ignore data and statistics when they make their points. Of course, “There are lies, damned lies, and statistics,” says Mark Twain. Yet, the best businesses, and healthcare is a business too, are best driven by data. I guess, then the best choice is to try to rely on data and stats as much as possible, to drive good policy. Who knows, if we are logical enough about it, we might stop wasting so much of our tax dollars and actually achieve some good. As if that will happen any time soon.