It’s Almost Impossible to Find Out the Cost of a Medical Procedure. This Company Is Trying to Change That.

For a patient looking to see a doctor for any given medical procedure, costs often vary wildly based on the facility or physician. Take non-surgical repair for a broken ankle. For a 26-year-old female insured by Cigna who chooses a top-rated orthopedic surgeon in Washington, D.C., such a procedure costs $1,729. But if she chooses … Continue reading It’s Almost Impossible to Find Out the Cost of a Medical Procedure. This Company Is Trying to Change That.

‘Communism for Kids’ Turns Deadly Ideology Into a Fairy Tale

In order to make the deadliest ideology of the 20th century palatable to young Americans, “Communism for Kids” is coming to a bookstore near you. This newly released book from MIT Press “proposes a different kind of communism, one that is true to its ideals and free from authoritarianism.” The death toll from communist regimes … Continue reading ‘Communism for Kids’ Turns Deadly Ideology Into a Fairy Tale

E-cigarette critics get research dollars from industry competitors

Some interesting news recently landed in Jeff Stier’s inbox. “Today’s a good day to quit smoking!” proclaimed an email from NYC Quits, part of a statewide tobacco control program that gives away free nicotine patches and gum every year. Stier, a risk analyst with the National Center for Public Policy Analysis, signed up for the … Continue reading E-cigarette critics get research dollars from industry competitors