Sunday, August 30, 2020

Hsieh Forbes Column: Could A ‘Morality Pill’ Help Stop The Covid-19 Pandemic?

My latest Forbes piece is now out: "Could A ‘Morality Pill’ Help Stop The Covid-19 Pandemic?"

I make the following three points in response to this speculative proposal:

1) The science is still quite dubious.

2) The concept of a “morality pill” is pretty controversial amongst ethicists.

3) Even if a “morality pill” were fully safe and effective, the ethics of any mandatory “morality pill” basically reduces to the already existing ethics over mandating people wear masks. 

For more details, read the full piece at "Could A ‘Morality Pill’ Help Stop The Covid-19 Pandemic?"

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Hsieh Forbes Column: Delayed Cancer Care Due To Covid-19 Could Cost Thousands Of Lives

My latest Forbes piece is now out: "Delayed Cancer Care Due To Covid-19 Could Cost Thousands Of Lives".

I discuss the cost in lives due to the lockdowns, and how this illustrates Bastiat's principle of "the seen vs. the unseen". I also offer some practical suggestions for patients and for lawmakers.

Monday, June 1, 2020

Hsieh Forbes Column: 9 More Bizarre Consequences Of The Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic

My latest Forbes piece is out: "9 More Bizarre Consequences Of The Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic".

My favorite:
A clever app developed by Japanese firm Yamaha allows fans to remotely cheer (or boo) players from home, played through the stadium speakers so that players can feel the energy of the online crowd.

The article wryly notes, “The app does not, as yet, allow fans to question the referee’s eyesight, or the eating habits of players who struggled to stay match-fit during the league’s virus-enforced break.”

Monday, April 20, 2020

Hsieh Forbes Column: Do Not Delay Urgent Medical Care Due To COVID-19

My latest Forbes piece is now out: "Do Not Delay Urgent Medical Care Due To The COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic".

I'm glad to be able to discuss some practical information for patients, as well as to tie our current situation back to Bastiat's famous principle of "the seen vs. the unseen."

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Hsieh Forbes Column: 11 Bizarre Consequences Of The COVID-19 Pandemic

My latest Forbes piece is now out: "11 Bizarre Consequences Of The COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic".  Here is the opening:
Imagine you had fallen into a coma a month ago and had just woken up. How much would the world have changed?

The COVID-19 virus has created enormous suffering and challenges for many around the world. I don’t wish to minimize the hardships everyone is enduring.

And yet, there have also been numerous bizarre, quirky, and sometimes even humorous twists, such as...


Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Hsieh Forbes Column: How Will Doctors Allocate Scarce Medical Resources?

My latest Forbes piece is on the difficult topic of rationing health care: "How Will Doctors Allocate Scarce Medical Resources During The COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic?"

Patients, family, and physicians may need to be prepared for some difficult conversations ahead.


Monday, March 16, 2020

Hsieh Forbes Column: Tips For Staying Out Of The ER

My latest Forbes piece is now out: "Tips For Staying Out Of The ER During The Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic".

Here's the opening:
As case numbers increase during the current Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, hospital emergency rooms are becoming more crowded. Patients showing up at the ER for possible COVID will add to usual load of patients already there for heart attacks, stroke, acute appendicitis, accidents, “normal” influenza, etc.

So anything you can do to keep yourself out of the ER helps everyone (yourself included).

In that spirit, I’d like to remind folks follow some simple old-fashioned prudent practices...
(Full text available at "Tips For Staying Out Of The ER During The Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic".)

Friday, February 28, 2020

Hsieh Forbes Column On 'Left Digit Bias'

My latest Forbes column is now out: "If You Just Turned 50, 60, 70, Or 80, Your Doctor Might Suffer From 'Left Digit Bias'".

"Left digit bias" is why customers are more likely to purchase an item priced $4.99 than $5.00.  I discuss how physicians' "left digit bias" could affect medical care in older patients, and what patients can do about it.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Hsieh Forbes Column: Why More Employers Are Not Hiring Smokers And What To Do About It

My latest Forbes column is now out: "Why More Employers Are Not Hiring Smokers And What To Do About It".

I discuss how we can address "lifestyle discrimination" by employers by repealing existing bad laws, rather than imposing new bad regulations. 

Also: Have you ever wondered why you get health insurance from your employer, but not your car or homeowner's insurance? I cover that bizarre "feature" of the US economy as well.