The seasons are changing and the weather is getting cooler. That transition means some nice things: the brilliant colors of fall foliage, hot apple cider, and maybe a snowy winter. It could also bring some not-so-nice things like the onset of flu season. The 2019–20 seasonal flu infected more New…

The late, great economist Uwe Reinhardt and colleagues published a seminal 2003 paper titled, “It’s the Prices, Stupid,” to explain why U.S. health care spending was so different from that of other industrialized nations. The answer: higher prices, not higher utilization of services. The authors found that the U.S. …

Lies and misinformation campaigns have fueled the COVID-19 pandemic that has killed more than 618,000 Americans — and counting. Social media posts have promulgated conspiracy theories about the origins of the coronavirus, the severity of the pandemic, treatment options, and, of course, vaccines.

Earlier this year when vaccines were in…

In health care circles, primary care is akin to mom and apple pie. Everyone says they love it. And rightly so; there is a mountain of scientific evidence proving its virtues. Research shows that people who receive primary care are significantly more likely to get preventive care like cancer screenings…

May is the month for celebrating moms. It’s sometimes said that motherhood is the hardest job, but for some moms, it’s even harder from the moment they give birth. Depending on where she delivers her baby and where she lives, a new mom may have to pay a lot more…

At the beginning of the pandemic, a meme started circulating pointing out that Gen-Xers were built for pandemic times. A whole generation of latchkey kids knew how to stay at home, fend for themselves, and not open the door to anyone. For many people with an income and a stable…

It was just about one year ago that COVID-19 arrived in New York. The first case of COVID-19 was confirmed on March 1st, and New York quickly became an epicenter of the pandemic. Since then, there have been 1.75 million confirmed cases and nearly 50,000 deaths in New York State…

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate confirmed Denis McDonough, in an 87–7 vote, as the new Secretary for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Secretary McDonough is an unusual choice for the position. He is not himself a military veteran (he’s only the second non-veteran to serve as VA Secretary). …

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic — now more than 10 months and counting — we’ve rightly been lauding health care workers and other frontline workers as heroes. New Yorkers have taken to their balconies and porches at 7:00 p.m. to bang out symphonies of appreciation on pots and pans. We’ve hung…

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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II referred to 1992 as an “annus horribilis,” Latin for “horrible year.” Why? That was a year that three royal marriages dissolved, a fire destroyed much of Windsor Castle, and there were some tabloid scandals. …

David Sandman

David Sandman, Ph.D., is President and CEO of the New York State Health Foundation. www.nyshealth.org www.twitter.com/DavidSandman1

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