Stories by Niko Karvounis

Niko Karvounis is a Program Officer with The Century Foundation in New York City, where he works on issues of socioeconomic inequality and health care. He is a regular contributor to Health Beat, the Foundation’s health care blog. subscribe to Niko Karvounis's feed

Posted on: Jan 26, 2009, Source: Health Beat

That's what some experts have increasingly been suggesting.

Posted on: Jan 6, 2009, Source: Health Beat

Right now, health care reform is an abstract goal that everyone wants. But that doesn't mean the media are ready to cover it properly.

Posted on: Nov 14, 2008, Source: Health Beat

Pay $399 and spit in a tube, and you can have your genome mapped. But is it healthy to track your genetic lottery, disease by disease?

Posted on: Oct 29, 2008, Source: Health Beat

Should patients have the right to sue drug companies for personal injuries from FDA-approved prescription drugs?

Posted on: Oct 6, 2008, Source: Health Beat

The current bailout is costing us only a third of what we pay each year for chronic illnesses like cancer, diabetes and obesity.

Posted on: Aug 29, 2008, Source: Health Beat

The key to smoothly running, affordable health care is changing medical treatments and procedures.

Posted on: Aug 20, 2008, Source: Health Beat

Americans going abroad to deal with their medical problems would only cut health costs 1-2 percent -- not enough to solve our greater crisis.

Posted on: Aug 11, 2008, Source: Health Beat

To the pharmaceutical industry, "research" is just a code-word for "smart-sounding marketing."

Posted on: Jun 24, 2008, Source: Health Beat

When discussing treatments for drug addiction, instead of arguing about ideology, let's look at science.

Posted on: Jun 18, 2008, Source: Health Beat

Diagnostic errors happen at alarming rates but remain underdiscussed. Doctors' overconfidence is just one reason why.

Posted on: May 27, 2008, Source: Health Beat

Manufacturers intent on profits are trying to make consumers push doctors and hospitals to use unsafe products.

Posted on: May 12, 2008, Source: Health Beat

High-deductible health plans and health savings accounts are making reform even more of an uphill battle.

Posted on: May 4, 2008, Source: Health Beat

In the past 20 years, the U.S. has sunk from ranking No. 11 in life expectancy to No. 42. What gives?

Posted on: Mar 20, 2008, Source: Health Beat

The simple transition of a patient from one caretaker to another can result in numerous mistakes and, ultimately, patient harm.

Posted on: Mar 12, 2008, Source: Health Beat

Under our current health care system, patients shoulder far more of the financial burden than employers.

Posted on: Feb 21, 2008, Source: Health Beat

The price tag of health care for the uninsured is over $40 billion. Maintaining a market-driven system will only drive that bill higher.