By Ian Ho-a-Shu and Natalie Wegener Carmona It’s no secret that being overweight or obese puts people at higher risk for illnesses such as heart disease, hypertension, certain cancers and Type 2 Diabetes. Obesity comes with financial costs at the individual and population levels, but we all know there is no way to put a price on personal good health and wellness. As … [Read more...] about A Big Fat Loss for Trinidad and Tobago
Recent international discussion and consensuses have emerged suggesting that universal public health insurance is a policy with potential to foster health and economic benefits. This has triggered calls for its implementation especially in countries where widespread health coverage is unlikely to be achieved through the private sector alone. For instance, the Lancet Commission … [Read more...] about Can Universal Public Health Insurance improve Adult Health Status and Labor Supply?
A recent proposal for the introduction of a “fat tax” in Barbados has raised the noise level on the obesity and non-communicable diseases (NCD) debate in Barbados as well as health-related issues on a wider level. This debate has been largely emotional as the loudest voices at times ignored that the proposal was really for a tax on the foods that contribute to unhealthy living … [Read more...] about “Fat Tax” – A Pause for Concern
dlo Haiti delivering water to a small shop (Ovive is dlo’s brand) Port Au Prince, Haiti, March 7-10, 2016 - Haiti is the poorest country in the continent, and an unresolved development riddle. Thanks to humanitarian aid and debt forgiveness the country has grown at an average rate of 3.8% since the devastating 2010 earthquake. However, poverty continues to afflict over 58% … [Read more...] about Can Private Sector Innovation Provide an Adequate Solution to Haiti’s Poor?
When seated in the waiting room at the doctor’s office, sometimes we’re left scratching our heads at the receptionist’s choice of programming for the lone TV left to drone on the entire day. As a captive audience, patients have no choice but to watch the soap opera or other show that they normally wouldn’t tune in to. … [Read more...] about Reimagining the Waiting Room TV