The Vitamin Police

Most of the corn flakes that we eat in the U.S. are illegal in Denmark because they have vitamin supplements. Consequently, the NY Times tells us that large food companies like Kellogg’s and small stores stocking Marmite, have to undergo…

Old and Young States

Maine is an old state. At 42.7, the median age of Maine’s population is the highest in the U.S. The youngest state is Utah (large families and many children), with a median age of 29.2. Other “young states” include Texas…

“Free” Kidney Treatment

In October 1972, Congress decided that the federal government should pay for treating chronic kidney disease. Concerned that care went primarily to those who could afford it, Congress proclaimed dialysis and transplants an entitlement for almost all of us. They…

Demand, Supply, and Knee Replacement

Hearing about knee replacement surgery from a friend, I soon realized it is about much more than an operation. It involves demand, supply, innovation, and the quality and cost of national medical care. First the facts: For knee replacement surgery,…

Bendy Buses and Health Care

Have you heard of a bendy bus? The bendy bus was supposed to solve Santiago, Chile’s public transit problems. But the story relates to each of us. It all began during 2007 when Santiago decided to replace its private bus…