Articles by Humphrey Taylor - Pharmaceutical Executive

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Articles by Humphrey Taylor

Relaunching Reform

Jun 1, 2008

This time, powerful interest groups (like pharma) that sank the Clinton healthcare bill are on the side of change

Are We Less Healthy Than Europeans?

Americans take top spots in disease prevalence
Mar 1, 2008

Americans take top spots in disease prevalence

Waiting for Reform. Major Reform

It's easy to imagine what a reformed healthcare system would look like. What's hard is figuring out when it will happen—and what will drive the change.
Oct 1, 2007

As I work with pharma companies, I'm often asked "When will we get major reform of the healthcare system?" and "What will the reformed system look like?" And sometimes "How will we get there?" This is not the same as asking "How should we reform the system?" Or "What should a reformed system look like?"

Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way

A comparative-effectiveness board is coming. The wise will embrace the change.
Jul 3, 2007

If pharma is seen as a genuine contributor to the policy debate on comparative effectiveness, it could influence funding, pricing, and coverage decisions

Commentary: The Sky is Falling!

Healthcare systems in the developed world are in crisis. A permanent one. And that's OK, Henny Penny.
May 1, 2007

If I had a dollar for every time I heard the word crisis used to describe the healthcare system of one country or another, I would be rich. And with the '08 elections revving up, we can expect to hear a crisis chorus from many presidential and congressional candidates wise to the fact that healthcare often ranks as voters' No. 1 issue.

Opinion: Inappropriate Behavior

Do doctors prescribe needless care? Will healthcare costs drop if patients decide whether treatment is necessary? It's time to start talking.
Apr 1, 2007

Inappropriate care may account for 25 to 30 percent of the US healthcare bill. Former NEJM editor Arnold Relman used to write that if we could eliminate the unnecessary care, we could save enough to insure all the uninsured.

Opinion: Myth vs. Reality

Feb 1, 2007

Myth vs. Reality: The American healthcare system needs a makeover. That requires policies based on accurate information about how our country’s system compares to others’. To start, we must separate fact from fiction.

Opinion: Unintended Outcomes for Consumer-Drive Insurance

Apr 1, 2006

High-deductible health plans go against the goals of employers, pharma, and the public.They don't reduce out-of pocket drug costs.

Back Page: Evolution? It's Not Right!

Sep 1, 2005

The pharmaceutical industry depends on good science. So what does it mean when a majority of the US population turns its back on one of the fundamental insights of modern biology?

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