What Ancient Egypt Can Teach the United States About Health Reform

It may come as a shock, but the United States should look to Ancient Egypt to reform its health system by re-committing to evidence-based medicine.  Sure, the Ancient Egyptians may have relied on “magic” . . . but, at the end of the day, their medical treatments were actually quite good. A 2008 article in the Lancet […]

Simulated Healthcare Questions for the U.S. Senate Candidates in Texas

(This post is based off an assignment for a class in Health Policy, which explored how the debate around healthcare access factors into political races.  It follows a more informal style.  The Hennessy Center believes that Beto O’Rourke’s beliefs are superior to those of Ted Cruz). The race in Texas is a competitive race, in […]

Discussion of Cost Effectiveness Interventions to Improve Low and Middle Income Health Care Systems

Achieving efficiency for a limited amount of resources (cost-effectiveness) is one of the challenges low and middle-income countries face in effectuating health reforms. Sinha, et al. illustrate this challenge in their article, Cost-effectiveness of Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccination in the Prevention of Child Mortality, by utilizing cost-effectiveness decision tree modeling to evaluate a pneumococcal vaccination program in […]

Negligent Storage Laws:  A Siren Call of Squandered Political Capital

As the calendar changes from August to September and the schoolyards start filling with children again, it is worth stopping to consider what the actual causes and consequences of gun violence are, beyond the popular culture stereotypes, and how we as a society can effectively prevent gun violence… if we so choose.  One proposed solution […]

LGBT Immigrants and Asylum: When Being Yourself Can Be A Death Sentence

For many in the United States, living as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered human being is an affirmation of identity, saddled with a pervasive struggle to live life in peace against a backdrop of insidious prejudice.  For some LGBT individuals in the United States, however, the very salvation of their lives is at stake, […]

How to Research Medical Marijuana

As the opioid crisis continues to worsen, many have suggested that marijuana-based medicine could be used as an alternative treatment — particularly for pain management.  Currently, however, marijuana is listed as a “schedule one” drug by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), which is defined as a “drug with no currently accepted medical use and a […]

How States Are Targeting High Prescription Drug Prices

The United States pays far more for prescription drugs than other high income countries, 30% – 190% more per capita, according to a Commonwealth Fund study.  Across the aisle, politicians have frequently and repeatedly stated they want to tackle these high prices.  Still, many companies announced price increases of drugs in their portfolios by nearly 10% in January of this […]

The Objective Truth About Mental Health, Guns, and the Law

How, exactly, can mental health laws prevent gun deaths?  At a news conference on February 14, 2008, Florida governor Rick Scott suggested that Florida should modify its mental health laws at some unspecified future time to lessen the risk of gun violence:  “There’s a time to continue to have these conversations about how through law enforcement, […]

Safe Injection Sites Violate Federal Law (…But They’ll Save a Lot of Lives)

Last week, Philadelphia became the first U.S. city to approve a path forward for supervised sites for safe drug injection.  Of course, this decision would unambiguously violate the Federal Controlled Substances Act of 1970, specifically section 844, which prohibits drug possession and would be violated by every client who goes to the safe injection site, and section […]