The top executive at McKinsey & Company appeared before Congress to answer for the consulting firm’s role in fanning the opioid crisis and came under intense criticism from lawmakers. One likened the firm’s earnings from advising Purdue Pharma and other pharmaceutical companies to “blood money” from drug traffickers. Yet, pharma continues to be aligned with MBA spreadsheet consulting.

Gadget firms — starting with Apple and now Fitbit, which Google owns — are selling wearable devices that check heartbeat rhythms and alert users when something is out of sync, according to KHN.com. Although the gadgets are a technical achievement, some cardiologists say the information the devices produce isn’t always helpful. Notifications from the devices aren’t definitive diagnoses.

The value of health literacy extends far beyond the boundaries of COVID-19. Education leads to fact-based empowerment, and an educated healthcare consumer can be a potent change agent. Poor health literacy is one of the reasons why life expectancy is lower in Republican-led states, and the problem has been growing worse for decades. The highest rates for covid-19 deaths and murders are found mainly in red states.

(FT.COM) The U.S. healthcare system is bedeviled by greed, with drug companies, device manufacturers, hospital organizations, physician groups, and insurers scrambling to grab a slice of the more than $3 trillion we spend on medical care each year. We have access to the most cutting-edge treatments. We also have a system in which two-thirds of the people who declare bankruptcy do so partly because of medical costs, even after the Affordable Healthcare Act (aka Obamacare). And, as everyone knows, the U.S. spends far more than most of the world on healthcare but receives only middling outcomes by OECD standards.