Hits & Misses – 2008/09/11

  • Bankruptcy Update. Remember the claim that 50% of all bankruptcies are caused by medical debt? Turns out it’s only 5%. [link]
  • Pay-for-Performance is Unsafe. P4P tends to encourage cookbook medicine and that can be hazardous to your Amishhealth, says one cardiologist. [link]
  • Good News and Bad News on the Fat Gene. The bad news: 30% of all Americans of European descent have it. The good news: A study of the Amish shows that a few barn raisings and other rigors of rural life are enough to overcome genetic destiny. [link]
  • Wal-Mart Makes Us Thin! Expansion of their outlets is associated with less obesity, and the “effects appear strongest for women, minorities, urban residents and the poor.” See study here. Hat tip to Tyler Cowen at his blog.

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  1. Steven says:

    It’s probably the income effect. By lowering prices, Wal-Mart raises real family income and higher income folks eat healthier food.

  2. Catherine Daniell says:

    For some other articles on medical debt and bankruptcy from John Goodman’s health blog see:

    Medical Bankruptcy Myths

    The Myth of Medical Debt