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Holiday for Health Wonks

The end of the year is fast approaching, and with it the end of the year for Health Wonk Review.

Thanks to Peggy Salvatore for bringing the holiday spirit to all things healthcare; her edition is up and ready for opening.

Folks with chronic conditions are hoping for something other than the coal pharma’s been shoving at them – colleague Tom Lynch talks about a chronic disease requiring medication, which, if not taken every day, guarantees death within two weeks… over the past 20 years prices for that medication have risen more than 800%.

Hank Stern talks up the Zero Card which may help with that – even just a bit would be great.

And Roy Poses darkens the halls with his report on a Russian’s donation of $200 million to Harvard’s Medical School. Some possibly seamy ties here, and ones that will make you wish for a bit more transparency.

That’s it for this year’s HWR – thanks for reading, and Happy and Merry to all!

Joe Paduda is the principal of Health Strategy Associates



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