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Change Domestic Taxation Policies to Increase Available Resources for Health

| April 27, 2013 | 0 Comments
Change Domestic Taxation Policies to Increase Available Resources for Health

The WHO document suggests that the implementation of Value Added Taxes (VAT) with a share of the revenue earmarked for the health sector, and health-specific taxes on large corporations could have medium to high fundraising potential and are likely pro-poor. Oxfam has suggested that if government leaders were to close tax loopholes that enable legal tax-dodging, some $189 billion could be raised in taxes internationally each year

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The Need For New Policy Approaches to Tobacco Cessation.

| April 15, 2013 | 0 Comments
The Need For New Policy Approaches to Tobacco Cessation.

For decades, policy makers have been using the same tools to combat tobacco consumption. It might be time to consider new approaches.

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Securing Health Care in War Zones

| January 29, 2013 | 0 Comments
Securing Health Care in War Zones

Healthcare is fundamental at all times, but especially during times of war.  It is necessary for combating the spread of infectious diseases, for treating war-time injuries, and for helping the elderly, pregnant, and youth.  An intermission of sickness does not exist during times of war; in fact, health issues are often amplified as people are […]

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Innovations in Healthcare at Home and Abroad

| January 10, 2013 | 0 Comments
Innovations in Healthcare at Home and Abroad

The past two decades were witness to the development of countless new companies as an entrepreneurial spirit swept across the United States. And luckily, the venture capitalists and innovators responsible for this spirit show no sign of slowing. New technologies are being constantly developed, and a new “next big thing” hits the market every day. Entrepreneur Magazine reports predictions of increased investments in business and healthcare IT for 2013, expecting more capital to flow into start-ups in these industries in the months ahead. A second—perhaps not unrelated—defining element of the past two decades is healthcare.

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Who Pays for Health? Global Health Financing Today and Tomorrow

| November 15, 2012 | 0 Comments
Who Pays for Health? Global Health Financing Today and Tomorrow

Baby Janelle, a two-year old living outside Kampala, Uganda, falls sick with cough, vomiting and fever. Her single mother, a day laborer in the stone quarries, is forced to choose between taking Janelle to the health center – for which she must pay herself – and paying school fees for her other two children.

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Funding Orphan Drugs: Pitfalls of the Orphan Drug Act

| October 19, 2012 | 0 Comments
Funding Orphan Drugs: Pitfalls of the Orphan Drug Act

The debate over cost and access to drugs has long raged between patients, health advocates, and pharmaceutical companies. For patients with “orphan diseases,” or rare diseases which affect fewer than 200,000 people in the United States, this debate becomes particularly acute, as the Orphan Drug Act passed by Congress in 1983 threatens to drive up prices for highly specialized treatments. While the Orphan Drug Act has helped to bring drugs for rare diseases to millions of patients and continues to stimulate research and development of orphan drugs, the law is certainly not without its problems and caveats.

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The Global Fund Turns Ten: A Year to Reflect, Restructure, and Reenergize

| June 19, 2012 | 0 Comments
The Global Fund Turns Ten: A Year to Reflect, Restructure, and Reenergize

This past winter marked the ten-year anniversary of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, prompting reflection on the organization’s achievements since its inception in 2002. The Global Fund works to invest and allocate the world’s money to improve health outcomes. It was conceived as an emergency response to combat three of the major diseases that were in the process of devastating the developing world.

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Funding the Millennium Development Goals: Exploring Innovative Finance Amidst the Recession

| April 14, 2012 | 0 Comments
Funding the Millennium Development Goals: Exploring Innovative Finance Amidst the Recession

The bursting of the U.S. housing bubble in 2007 sent the global economy into a decline, eliciting budget cuts in public spending and significant decreases in voluntary contributions, particularly in the field of health. Although spending to improve health in the developing world has increased throughout the recession, the growth rate for this spending has leveled off. As countries like the United States reduce their health aid overseas, other organizations and must work harder to fight the economic effects of the financial crisis.

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Price Discrimination in Pharmaceutical Companies: The Method to the “Madness”

| April 2, 2012 | 1 Comment
Price Discrimination in Pharmaceutical Companies: The Method to the “Madness”

Pharmaceutical companies, or what critics call “big pharma,” are often condemned for charging prices above marginal cost and price discriminating between different countries (calculating each country’s ability to pay). These practices lie at the heart of feuds such as compulsory licensing, a strategy employed by countries to obtain generic drugs. However, the economics of price discrimination demands a closer look.

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Integration: An Effective and Efficient Global Health Approach

| April 2, 2012 | 0 Comments
Integration: An Effective and Efficient Global Health Approach

Imagine addressing HIV/AIDS, malaria, and diarrhea in a single intervention.  Policymakers would be pleased at having integrated services in health plans and, more importantly, patients would receive well-rounded health care provisions.  In fact, a recent study in Kenya has done just this, proving to the global health community that this is a better approach to health interventions within a country.

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