Grace-Marie Turner suggests that the expansion of retail clinics is simply free market at work:

Much like the response to Hurricane Katrina, private companies are far ahead of the government in answering Americans' needs, this time for more accessible and more affordable health care. Political leaders across the country seeking to expand government's role in health care should take note . . .

. . . With many ...

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The WSJ takes a look at what happened in Illinois:

The Democratic House in Springfield killed the proposal, 107-0, after Mr. Blagojevich came out against his own idea when it became clear he was going to be humiliated . . .

. . . Easily re-elected in November, the Governor used every trick in the "progressive" political playbook to sell his proposal. Instead of a general tax increase, ...

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He has been hospitalized for a heart attack. Get well soon and have a speedy recovery.

Dr. RW explains the bias against scientific rigor when it comes to alternative therapies.

It's safe to say that if you're in health IT, there will always be a job for you in Massachusetts:

Massachusetts is among the leaders nationally in the use of electronic patient records and computerized drug prescribing. But its workforce is not keeping pace: The state lacks enough people who know how computers work and who understand how doctors diagnose and treat diseases.

It is a unique blend ...

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Toss the vitamins

Recent studies have discredited the benefit of most vitamins. Judy Foreman is starting to toss them out.

It leads to a woman being quarantined in her home for two months.

His medical team speaks about his ordeal.

A truly sad case of a stroke victim and his family's conflict with the hospital:

Family members, on the other hand, argued in court filings that their actions were mischaracterized.

The guardian won. By court order, family members can visit only with Partners in Care's consent. They can't discuss health care with doctors or nurses, or even Medvedev himself. Nor can they mention the court battle. To make sure ...

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A pregnant mother races into a burning house to save her son, suffering severe burns. Then she gives birth 6 days later.

The keys to creating overwhelming demand for Gardasil: free and voluntary. Live free or die baby:

The New Hampshire experience contrasts sharply with that in many other states, where opponents have cited factors like the drug manufacturer's profit motive and the fear that inoculating young girls will encourage them to be sexually active.

New Hampshire has critics of the vaccine, too. But its health officials, wanting ...

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A doctor was arrested for aiding drug dealers:

A Mexican doctor surgically removed drug traffickers' fingerprints, substituting skin from the soles of their feet, to help the traffickers avoid arrest, the authorities said Friday.

"My skull slipped off of my neck about five times."

This sounds more like an argument out of high school:

London, ON, family physician Dr Keith Thompson grew more and more irate as the site grew and so too did the number of comments made about him and his colleagues "” many of them positive, but also some that were untrue and damaging. In early April, after his requests for changes to the site's owners were rebuffed (he'd asked them ...

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I still use Blogger after all these years. Why? It has improved vastly after the upgrade, and migrating 7,000+ posts to another platform doesn't sound appealing to me.

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He's sure that his competitors may disapprove of Running a hospital, but won't say so to his face:

This blog is subject to disdain by my colleagues in some other hospitals. Really. You can see it on their faces when the topic is raised in their presence. They are deeply offended by it and think it unacceptable for the CEO of a Harvard hospital. Of course, they have never ...

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The weekend's approaching, and it's time to lighten the mood around here. Enjoy the parodies.

"Mr. Will This Be On The Exam Asker"

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"Mr. Really Bad With Children Guy"

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A recent study disputes the claims the VA has made regarding quality. Another hit for those who support "VA for all", or Government-run health care:

The agency has touted how quickly veterans get in for appointments, but its own inspector general found that scheduling records have been manipulated repeatedly.

The VA boasted that its customer service ratings are 10 points higher than those of private-sector hospitals, but the ...

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The outspoken NH physician nominates himself for Dean of Harvard Medical School.

Well, not really.

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