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Some Interesting Links

Dear visitor, below you will find an annotated list of selected links related to the following areas. Most of the websites provide not only a wealth of interesting information but also further useful links:

Health Policy

American Enterprise Institute

The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) seeks to “defend the principles and improve the institutions of American freedom and democratic capitalism” through “limited government, private enterprise, individual liberty and responsibility, vigilant and effective defense and foreign policies, political accountability, and open debate.” Closely associated with Neo-Conservatism, the think tank has succeeded in placing many of its members in influential government positions.

Brookings Institution

The Brookings Institution – one of Washington's oldest think tanks, is an independent, nonpartisan organization devoted to research, analysis, and public education with an emphasis on economics, foreign policy, governance, and metropolitan policy.

Cato Institute

Cato Institute –  Named after Cato’s Letters, a series of pamphlets published in England in the 1720s (which helped lay the philosophical foundation for the American Revolution), Cato’s mission is “to broaden the parameters of public policy debate to allow consideration of the traditional American principles of limited government, individual liberty, free markets, and peace.”

Commonwealth Fund

Commonwealth Fund – promoting a high-performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for society's most vulnerable, including but not limited to low-income people and the uninsured.

Galen Institute

Galen Institute – a not-for-profit think tank in Washington, DC, that promotes a free health care market, believing that this will best encourage research and innovation, provide better access to new medical technologies; and will lead to lower costs, expanded choice, and increased access to better medical care.

Hastings Center

The Hastings Center – Since its inception in 1969, the Hastings Center has addressed fundamental ethical issues in the areas of health, health care, and life sciences research.

Kaiser Family Foundation

Founded in 1948, the Kaiser Family Foundation focuses on major healthcare issues, predominantly from a US perspective. It has grown into one of the most respected non-partisan sources for up-to-date and accurate information on health policy. Despite an original association, the Foundation is no longer affiliated with Kaiser Permanente or Kaiser Industries.
 

RAND Organization

The RAND ( for “Research ANd Development”) organization was originally founded in 1948 by the Douglas Aircraft Company and had a military focus. To date, the RAND Health Insurance Experiment [LINK => http://www.rand.org/health/projects/HIE-40.html] has been the largest prospective  study conducted by health economists and marked a milestone of the discipline. Today, RAND is funded by the US government, a private endowment, universities, and major corporations (especially healthcare). RAND entertains one of the world’s largest PhD-granting programs in Policy Analysis, and publishes the peer-reviewed RAND Journal of Economics.

Evidence-Based Medicine

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) – formerly known as "Agency for Health Care Policy and Research". The AHRQ sponsors and conducts research that provides evidence-based information on health care outcomes, quality, cost, utilization, and access. Its website provides an excellent overview on new scientific data and currently ongoing projects in the field of health services research.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – one of the major operating components of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, founded in 1946 to help control malaria. CDC applies research and scientific findings with the public health objectives of preventing and controlling infectious and chronic diseases, injuries, workplace hazards, disabilities, and environmental health threats.

Cochrane Collaboration

The Cochrane Collaboration is an international non-profit organization, providing current systematic reviews of and information about the effects of health care. The Cochrane Library contains continuously updated evidence-based health care databases.

European Medicines Agency (EMA)

European Medicines Agency (EMA) – the European institution regulating market access of innovative medicines, generic and non-prescription medicines through a single European authorization process; also responsible for controlling the safety of medicines for humans and animals.

Evidence-Based Medicine Tool Kit

Evidence-Based Medicine Tool Kit – a collection of tools for identifying, assessing, and applying relevant evidence for better health care decision-making. From the University of Alberta, Canada.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – the United States regulatory authority in charge controlling market access of food, drugs, medical devices, biologics, animal feed and drugs, cosmetics, radiation-emitting products and combination products, with the mission of protecting consumers and public health.

Institut für Qualität und Wirtschaftlichkeit im Gesundheitswesen (IQWiG)

Institut für Qualität und Wirtschaftlichkeit im Gesundheitswesen (IQWiG) Website of the German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care, established, as a result of the "Health Insurance Modernization Act" (GMG), in 2004 under the auspices of the Federal Joint Committee of Physicians and Statutory Sick Funds ("Gemeinsamer Bundesausschuss").

Medline - PubMed

Medline – link to "PubMed", a service of the National Library of Medicine, with millions of citations for biomedical articles back to the 1950s.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

National Institutes of Health (NIH) – the principal United States medical research agency, a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, conducting and supporting medical research in unparalleled quantity and quality.

World Health Organization (WHO)

World Health Organization (WHO) – the United Nations specialized agency for health, established in 1948.

Health Economics

Alliance for the Advancement of Applied Health Economics (A3HE)

Alliance for the Advancement of Applied Health Economics (A3HE )A3HE is an international network of experts who share an interest I n the advancement of applied health economics. It has committed itself to a truly multidisciplinary and inclusive approach, very much in the spirit of the WEA (see below). 

Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH)

Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH) – funded by the Canadian federal, provincial, and territorial governments. A leading source for unbiased, evidence-based information on drugs, devices, health care systems, and best practices.

Centre for Reviews and Dissemination at the University of York / England (CRD)

Centre for Reviews and Dissemination at the University of York / England (CRD) – established in England in 1994, aims to provide research-based information about the effects of interventions used in health and social care.

German Institute of Medical Documentation and Information (Deutsches Institut für Medizinische Dokumentation und Information, DIMDI)

German Institute of Medical Documentation and Information (Deutsches Institut für Medizinische Dokumentation und Information, DIMDI) – with the mission to provide access to information on medicine and related fields, to implement and operate database-supported information systems on drugs and medical devices, and to publish official classification. Furthermore, DIMDI operates an information system for health technology assessments (HTAs) and evidence-based medicine.

Institute for Innovation & Valuation in Health Care (InnoValHC)

Institute for Innovation & Valuation in Health Care (InnoValHC) – an officially recognized not-for profit health economic research organization based in Wiesbaden / Germany.

International Health Economics Association (iHEA)

International Health Economics Association (iHEA) – the major international scientific organization of health economists.

International Network of Agencies for Health Technology Assessment (INAHTA)

International Network of Agencies for Health Technology Assessment (INAHTA) – established in 1993, INAHTA has grown to more than 40 member agencies. A key objective is the rapid exchange and collaboration among agencies, through information sharing and comparison.

International Society for Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes Research (ISPOR)

International Society for Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes Research (ISPOR) – an organization dedicated to health care cost-effectiveness research and its application to pharmaceuticals and medical devices, and to translating pharmacoeconomics into practical health policy. ISPOR maintains close links to the pharmaceutical industry. Its website offers extensive information, including online access to "Value in Health", the scientific journal published by ISPOR.

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) – charged with providing guidance to the UK National Health Service (NHS), formerly National Institute for Clinical Excellence (established 1999), subsequently “National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence” (since 2005, after its merger with the Health Development Agency). Originally tasked to contribute “to reduce variation in the availability and quality of NHS treatments and care”, NICE is now producing different types of guidance to the NHS: clinical guidelines, technology appraisals resulting in mandatory “recommendations” to clinical commissioning groups, interventional procedures, medical technologies, diagnostics guidance, as well as entertaining separate programs for the evaluation of medical technologies and “highly specialised technologies” – see also Schlander et al., 2008

Office of Health Economics (OHE)

Office of Health Economics (OHE) – The London-based OHE conducts research and provides consultancy services on health economics and related policy issues, predominantly to the life sciences industries.

Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC)

Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) – within the Australian Department of Health, an independent expert body assessing medicines prior to listing on the Australian Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). It comprises two subcommittees, the Drug Utilisation Sub Committee (DUSC) and the Economics Sub Committee (ESC). The DUSC monitors trends and patterns of drug use and publishes utilization data. THE ESC evaluates the cost effectiveness of major submissions to the PBAC. Introduced in 1990, the PBAC was the first official body using formal cost effectiveness analyses as a tool to evaluate the value for money provided by new medicines.

Tufts University in Boston, MA

Tufts University in Boston, MA – hosts two institutions of particular interest – the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development (CSDD) and the Center for the Evaluation of Value and Risk in Health (CEVR), which maintains a global registry of cost utility studies.

World Economics Association (WEA)

World Economics Association (WEA) – WEA was launched on May 16, 2011, to fill a gap in the international community of economists — the absence of a truly international, inclusive, pluralist, professional association.

Philosophy of Science

Erasmus Institute for Philosophy and Economics (EIPE)

EIPE - Erasmus Institute for Philosophy and Economics – a multidisciplinary research institute and graduate school of the Erasmus University Rotterdam, founded in 1997.

European Society for the History of Economic Thought (ESHET)

ESHET - European Society for the History of Economic Thought – a non-profit organization to promote teaching and research in the history of economic thought in Europe

Forum Philosophie & Wirtschaft e.V.

Forum Philosophie & Wirtschaft e.V. at the University of Mainz

Friedrich A. von Hayek-Institute (IIAE)

IIAE - Friedrich A. von Hayek-Institute (International Institute, Austrian School of Economics)

Hayek Center for Multidisciplinary Research

Hayek Center for Multidisciplinary Research – with many useful links

Philosophy of Science Archive

Philosophy of Science Archive – an electronic archive for preprints in the philosophy of science, dedicated to rapid dissemination of new work in the field.

Philosophy of Science Association

The Philosophy of Science Association aims to further studies and free discussion from diverse standpoints in the field of philosophy of science.

Morgan Sports Cars

British Car Service (BSC)

British Car Service (BSC) – hidden in the rolling hills of the Spessart, East of Frankfurt, you will find one of the most competent and reliable service points for Morgan cars.

GOMOG

GOMOG: Perhaps the best website dedicated to Morgan cars, operated by a group of enthusiasts from Canada, the U.S., Australia, England, and Belgium. Expert panels, workshop manuals, and information about parts and services complement anecdotes and pictorial records of all sorts of Morgan-related events - including the assembly of a car in the factory. Also offering many useful links.

Isis Imports Ltd.

Isis Imports Ltd., the oldest Morgan dealership in the U.S., established by Bill Fink in 1968. Located in San Francisco, California.

Melvyn Rutter

Melvyn Rutter, "the world's favourite Morgan dealer" and editor of the popular magazine "Morgan World", is said to be listed as a dependent on the income tax forms of Morgan owners.

Morgan Motor Company

The official website for the Morgan Motor Company in Malvern Links, England. New Morgans may be ordered online, though there is no guarantee whatsoever that mails will be answered.

In any event, however, there will be a non-refundable build reservation deposit, and the price paid will be taken from the price list current at the time of delivery. The waiting list recently has come down to the region of 12 months.

Morgan Official Dealerships in Germany

There are currently three official dealerships for Morgan cars in Germany:
Flaving in Unna (close to Dortmund), Düsseldorf, and Bielefeld;
Leberfinger in Basrbüttel (near Hamburg), and
Merz & Pabst in Nürtingen near Stuttgart.

"My Life with Morgan Cars"

"My Life with Morgan Cars" by Juergen Meyer-Brenkhof, a family man from Northern Germany, entertaining an enduring love affair with Morgan cars - he has had "the pleasure to own and drive" no less than thirteen brand new Morgans!