ABC News with their version of the most important health advances.

What if doctors were really paid what they were worth? Mad About Medicine runs an experiment:

Health care in the United States is reimbursed at below-bargain basement rates. In businesses in this country where you pay bargain basement prices you get bargain basement quality and service. It is only through the ethical nature and dedication of a majority of doctors in this country, who choose to practice blind ...


A 46-year old professor with incurable pancreatic cancer gives his farewell lecture.

I dare you not to shed a tear. (via Freakonomics)

Forbes looks further:

"If you want to learn how to treat your kidney stones or your kid's rash," says Bob Thompson, director of the Center for the Study of Popular Television at Syracuse University, "you should no more watch a medical drama to get accurate information on how to treat symptoms than watch The Simpsons or Married With Children for clues on how to raise a child."

That's one way to get attention.

Bang on, Dr. Rob.

The sphygmomanometer


Medical news briefs

Doing more harm than good?

We're coming to the conclusion that such "briefs" may do more harm than good. Almost by default they oversimplify medical research stories. They generally fail to adequately explain how big is the potential benefit of the idea being discussed, or how big is the potential harm. They fail to scrutinize costs, conflicts of interest, or the quality of the evidence.

Always an entertaining read. Keep fighting the good fight my friend.

Talk about a love-hate relationship with her:

Some 16% of respondents trust Clinton "a great deal" on health care, while 32% trust her "not at all," according to the poll. On each measure, Clinton beat out all the major candidates in both parties.

Expert witness corruption

Cases like this explains the need for some expert witness reform:

Dr. Alex Zakharia, 69, of the Miami area, pleaded guilty to contempt of court, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Authorities said he testified as an expert witness in 2002 on behalf of a plaintiff charging a doctor at the VA with medical malpractice in connection with a coronary artery bypass graft.

He admitted that during the ...


No surprise, she's appealing the decision again. I think it's time for to give it a rest:

Currier, who has a four-month-old daughter, must pass the exam before she can graduate and begin a residency program at Massachusetts General Hospital later this fall.

In a three-page opinion, Norfolk Superior Court Judge Patrick Brady said Currier could still find a way to expel her milk during the test ...


Many academic physicians support a single-payer system. This physician from Yale writes in the WSJ:

The only solution is to eliminate the HMOs and go to a single-payer system that does not have to be administered by the government. The savings would increase reimbursements to health-care providers (and, it is hoped, stem the annual loss of primary care physicians) so that there would be greater access to care ...


Time spent with the patient plays a big role. Too bad that no one else values that.

Take it from someone who's been through it:

My opinion about the risks of a Canadian style medical system is related to the general American fear that the government may abuse the rights of individuals. In an all-out political battle between different interest groups, there are fewer checks and balances in Canada than in the United States. The health system is a weapon in such circumstances.

Surgeon to the sports star

ESPN profiles Dr. James Andrews:

A great surgeon is like a great athlete -- with extraordinary physical skills, exceptional powers of concentration, an ability to work through adversity and embrace, not shrink from, a challenge. All of that describes James Rheuben Andrews, 65, who has been patching up athletes for nearly as long as Joe Paterno has been coaching Penn State and is still at the top of his ...


ED check-in kiosks

An ER nurse takes exception to this trend.

Harvard Pilgrim CEO Charlie Baker doesn't think recent slate of reform proposals will accomplish much:

And hence, the conundrum. People want "reform" of the health care system, if you put it to them like that. They even like "fundamental reform." But the minute someone starts to fundamentally change the way the system works for THEM "” as the provider, employer, consumer, health plan, broker, supplier, etc. "” they get up ...


"I woke up because the pain was unbearable."

I bet it was. Reminds me of that scene from Heroes where Claire wakes up during her autopsy.

Paul Hsieh in an op-ed. Thankfully, none of the major presidential candidates are proposing such a system:

To guarantee "free" health care, a government must force the individual to pay for everyone else's medical care and limit his freedom to pay voluntarily for his own. With bureaucrats deciding who receives what, the individual is therefore forbidden from spending his money according to his own rational judgment (and the advice ...


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