This blog addresses the unique and privileged health care situation of Houston, among all cities in the world, and the particular significance of early and widespread Covid-19 testing. Continue Reading
We continue our commentary on sources we read this week that shape our thoughts on how long the pandemic will last and what policy actions seem most promising. Continue Reading
“This pandemic and looming economic crisis will affect all of us … The sooner we relearn how to set aside our differences and unite during this difficult moment, the stronger we will emerge from it,” says James A. Baker, III, honorary chair of the Baker Institute. Continue Reading
The authors explain why $100 billion allocated by the CARES act to compensate health care providers for unreimbursed expenses and lost revenue may be woefully inadequate.
Even before the pandemic, Mexico’s health care system was in crisis, with shortages of medical supplies, drugs, and personnel. A president that is downplaying the outbreak, brandishing amulets to “protect” him from the virus, isn’t helping matters. Continue Reading
Based on updated Covid-19 data, Houston must seriously prepare for a Covid-19 surge in mid-April, possibly related to the Houston Rodeo mass crowding and/or an influx of Covid-19 positive cases from Louisiana. The next month will clarify better how Covid-19 will affect our lives and economies. Continue Reading
In this post, the authors discuss the main provisions of three emergency funding bills passed by Congress and then discuss general rules for evaluating current and future policies designed to mitigate long-term damage to the economy from the coronavirus pandemic. Continue Reading