COVID-19 Delta Surges

The final days of the pandemic may feel like a prolonged good-bye, but for regions facing local surges in viral incidence, the pandemic is anything but a distant memory. And like all memories, prone to simplifications, like most pandemic narratives.

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Disparity Masquerading As Equity

There is much talk about healthcare equity, and the importance of access in healthcare. But access means different things to different patients, and what is believed to be equity is often a disparity.

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The Pandemic Can Solve Healthcare’s Problems

To find meaning in suffering is to transcend it. Something we can do in healthcare now that the pandemic seems mostly behind us. But to find such meaning, we must address foundational issues facing healthcare, issues that may not have caused the pandemic, but were exposed by it.

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Healthcare is Woke

Healthcare is now fully engaged in many of the social justice issues grappling the country. A move generally seen to be positive, essential in addressing many of the existing healthcare inequities. But the increasing politicization of healthcare may be more of a mix bag than we realize.

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Medical Error vs. Personal Liberty

Any upgrade can be justified through the pretense of healing. It is a matter of perspective. Just like medical errors can be reinterpreted to be infringing upon one’s personal liberties. It is a matter of legal interpretation.

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Patterns of Association

Expert and novice. Physician and patient. The presumed dichotomy between those deemed experts or knowledgeable, compared to those deemed novices or lacking in knowledge is more perception than reality – as what truly separates the two are patterns of association.

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Pandemic’s Ecological Fallacy

The pandemic ushered in clinical studies that have changed healthcare policy. But the pace of publications also led to studies with questionable evidence and notable retractions, warranting a review of how we apply broad data to individual decision-making.

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Nonlinear Healthcare Models

For most businesses, the relationship between revenue and cost is defined in a straightforward unit economic model. In healthcare, this model is anything but straightforward, as the more accurately we define healthcare, the more complicated it becomes.

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The Pandemic is a Perception

Healthcare data has proven to be of little value to both policy makers and to the public. Instead of data, we should monitor subjective metrics like fear and resiliency to predict the course of the pandemic.

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Prospect Theory in Healthcare

Healthcare is irrational and patients behave irrationally. Yet we continue to develop healthcare models assuming that patients are rational. Behavioral economists have already devised models to adjust for irrationality, which healthcare needs to incorporate.

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Irrational beliefs differentially predict adherence to guidelines and pseudoscientific practices during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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