Issue 2.1 – Spring 2015

INDIA: Examining the Efficacy of the RSBY Program in Providing Healthcare for the Rural Poor

BY AKHIL UPNEJA 1.22 billion.  That is the number of people around the world living off less than two dollars a day (World Bank).  These people live in severe poverty and work simply to provide sustenance and shelter for their families.  In India, the harsh poverty conditions are particularly pronounced with 217.2 million people in … Continue reading INDIA: Examining the Efficacy of the RSBY Program in Providing Healthcare for the Rural Poor

OCD and Me

BY HANNAH SAMSON Until recently, scientists thought mental disorders were solely caused by environmental factors. However, modern neural-imaging technology suggests that mental illnesses are “disorders of brain circuits.” The advent of enhanced imaging techniques allows neurologists to specialize studies specifically on neural circuits and their connectivity, or the lack thereof, rather than more broadly on … Continue reading OCD and Me

Questioning Fundamental Assumptions

BY RICHARD SKOLNIK One of the most important lessons that I have learned professionally is the importance of questioning fundamental assumptions. This lesson arose on a number of occasions, both when I worked at the World Bank and afterwards. One of the most interesting examples of this was the work we did on HIV at … Continue reading Questioning Fundamental Assumptions

Switzerland: Regarding Health System Reform

BY EMILY THACHER Executive Summary Twenty years ago, the Swiss health sector faced two key problems: rising inequality and rising costs. In an effort to strengthen solidarity and contain costs, the Swiss passed a major healthcare reform bill called LAMal in 1994. Inspired by the French and German systems, it established meaningful universal coverage through … Continue reading Switzerland: Regarding Health System Reform

Diagnosing Lyme Disease

BY SREEJA KODALI Before 1977, Lyme, Connecticut was afflicted with an epidemic: children with skin lesions, headaches, stiff necks, myalgias, arthalgias, and fatigue. These symptoms later developed and months after the brain, heart, and muscular system were affected too. This unexplained phenomenon plagued patients until Dr. Allan Steere of Yale School of Medicine and his … Continue reading Diagnosing Lyme Disease

The Things Money Can’t Buy: The Distinction between Cost and Cost-Effectiveness

BY AMBER TANG Health care is now considered a “luxury” good, in part due to its high income elasticity. For every 10% increase in income there exists a 15% increase in demand for health care.1 However, despite increases in spending, policymakers have failed to improve the quality and accessibility of health care. The United States … Continue reading The Things Money Can’t Buy: The Distinction between Cost and Cost-Effectiveness