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Open Access Plaudits

Belated congratulations to Gunther Eysenbach of the University of Toronto. Ten years ago he started the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR); last month it became the leading peer-reviewed journal in the area of e-health. JMIR has displaced a longstanding incumbent, the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA).

JAMIA is of Elsevier ancestry; JMIR is a small-budget, open access publication created via Open Journal Systems (OJS). For complete details see Eysenbach's blog, and for more about OJS, see the Public Knowledge Project.


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I think you might like to read this, as Dean Baker is one of the few economists out there who agrees with you on at least one point (http://www.prospect.org/csnc/blogs/beat_the_press_archive?month=07&year=2009&base_name=brooks_steps_up_to_the_health):

"There are two ways to contain [health care] costs. The most obvious is to cut the rents. Use international competition to bring doctors' salaries down to earth. Get rid of government patent monopolies and develop a more efficient mechanism to finance the development of prescription drugs and medical equipment. And, allow people to buy into an efficient public Medicare-type insurance plan."

Maybe you two should talk as I think you'd make a great team.

Thanks.

Scott


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