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Health Care Blogs

The Healthbeat Blog
A blog written by Maggie Mahar. a fellow at The Century Foundation and the author of “Money- Driven Medicine: The Real Reason Health Care Costs So Much” (Harper/Collins 2006).

 The KevinMD Blog
The KevinMD Blog is written by physician Kevin Pho MD, a primary care physician from New Hampshire. The blog has been named a must-read by Forbes and one of CNN’s top five recommended health care Twitter feeds.

The Health Care Blog
The Health Care Blog is written by Matthew Holt, a health care researcher, generalist forecaster and strategist.

The Wall Street Journal Health Blog
Health Blog offers news and analysis on health and the business of health. The blog is written by Katherine Hobson and includes contributions from staffers at The Wall Street Journal, and Dow Jones Newswires.

The iHealthBeat
iHealthBeat is a free, daily news digest reporting on technology’s impact on health care. iHealthBeat is part of the California Health care Foundation’s commitment to important issues affecting health care policy, delivery, and financing.

The Health Affairs Blogs
The Health Affairs Blog is the blog of the Health Affairs journal. The blog offers daily commentary on important issues in health policy, and publishes input from experts delivering a variety of perspectives. Health Affairs Blog has been named a “must read” resource by the New York Times the Wall Street Journal, the Huffington Post, and many other media outlets.

Journalist Ezra Klein’s Wonkblog, part of the Washington Post, features contributions from Klein, Suzy Khimm, Sarah Kliff, and Brad Plumer on health care, the economy, the environment, and the 2012 presidential election.


Escape Fire. Directed by Matthew Heineman and Susan Froemke. Our Time Projects, 2012. DVD.

Facing Death. Directed by Miri Navasky and Karen O’Connor. PBS Frontline, 2010. DVD.

Money-Driven Medicine. Directed by Andrew Fredericks. California Newsreel, 2009. DVD.

On Our Own Terms: Moyers on Dying. Directed by Elena Mannes. Public Affairs Television, 2000. DVD.

U.S. Health Care: The Good News. DVD. Produced by Lisa Hartman. PBS, 2012.

Sick Around The World. DVD. Directed by Jon Palfreman. PBS Frontline, 2008.


Sirovich, Dr. Brenda E., Dr. Steven Woloshin, and Dr. Lisa M. Schwartz. “Too Little? Too Much? Primary Care Physicians’ Views on US Health Care,” Archives of Internal Medicine 171, no. 17 (2011): 1582-1585.

Goldhill, David. “How American Health Care Killed My Father,” The Atlantic, September 2009.

Grady, Dr. Deborah and Dr.Rita Redberg. “Less is More: How Less Health Care Can Result in Better Health,” Archives of Internal Medicine 170, no. 9 (2010): 749-750.

Shaffer, Ellen. “US Health Care Myths and Facts,” Equal Health Network,”  (accessed October 31, 2011).

Kimbuende, Eric, Usha Ranji, Janet Lundy, and Dr. Alina Salganicoff. “Background Brief – U.S. Health Care Costs,“ Kaiser Family Foundation,” (accessed April 11, 2012).

James, Dr. Brent and Dr. Lucy A. Savitz. “How Intermountain Trimmed Health Care Costs Through Robust Quality Improvement Efforts,” Health Affairs 30, no. 6 (2011): 1185-1191.

The Association of Washington Health Care Plans. “Rising Health Care Costs: What Factors are Driving Increases?” The Association of Washington Health Care Plans,  (accessed April 11, 2012).

Skinner, Jonathan. “Is More Care Better Care?” New York Times, June 13, 2009.

Gawande, Dr. Atul. “The Cost Conundrum: What a Texas town can teach us about health care,” The New Yorker, June 1, 2009.

The Hot Spotters”, The New Yorker, January 24, 2011.

Korda, Dr. Holly. “Bundled Payment, Transparency, and Market Competition: What’s Under Wraps?”, (accessed April 11, 2012).

Massachusetts Medical Society Department of Health Policy and Health Systems. “Overview of Alternative Payment Models,” Massachusetts Medical Society, www. (accessed April 11, 2012).

Lischko, Dr. Amy M. “Physician Payment Reform: Review and Update of the Models,” Massachusetts Medical Society, (accessed April 11, 2012).

Leonhardt, David “Making Health Care Better”, The New York Times, November 8, 2009.

Sackett, Dr. David L., Dr. William M. C. Rosenberg, Dr. J. A. Muir Gray, R. Brian Haynes, and Dr. W. Scott Richardson. “Evidence based medicine: what it is and what it isn’t,” BMJ 312, no. 7023 (1996): 71.

Mendelson, Dan and Dr. Tanisha V. Carino. “Evidence- Based Medicine in the United States – De Riguer or Dream Deferred?” Health Affairs 24, no. 1 (2005): 133-136.

Brody, Jane E. “A Watch-and-Wait Prostate Treatment,” New York Times,  November 14, 2011.

Parker-Pope, Tara. “Answering Questions About the P.S.A. Test,” New York Times, October 6, 2011.

Kolata, Gina. “’Cancer’ or ‘Weird Cells’: Which Sounds Deadlier?” New York Times, November 21, 2011.

Mulcahy, Nick. “Stop ‘Selling’ Cancer screening, says Critic: Publicize Harms and Benefits,” Medscape Medical News, (accessed November 11, 2011).

Welch, Dr. Gilbert. “You Have to Gamble on Your Health,” New York Times, October 10, 2011.

Hobson, Katherine. “Cost of Medicine: Are High-Tech Medical Devices and Treatments Always Worth It?” US News & World Report, July 10, 2009.


Davis, Karen. “Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: How the Performance of the US. Health Care System Compares Internationally,” The Commonwealth Fund,  (accessed April 11, 2012).

The Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System. “Why Not the Best: Results form the National Scorecard on U.S. Health System Performance, 2011,” The Commonwealth Fund,  (accessed April 11, 2012).

Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health Care System. Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 2000.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, “High and Rising Health Care Costs: Demystifying U.S. Health Care Spending,” The Synthesis Project, no. 16 (2008).

Brownlee, Shannon and Vanessa Hurley. “Patient Decision Aids and Shared Decision-Making,” New America Foundation,  (accessed April 11, 2012).

Social Security Advisory Board. “The Unsustainable Cost of Health Care,” Social Security Advisory Board, (accessed on April 4, 2012).

Congressional Budget Office. “Technological Change and the Growth of Health Care Spending,” The Congressional Budget Office, (accessed April 11, 2012).

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