They come out firing both barrels:

Recently, Gov. Schwarzenegger announced his plan to provide universal coverage for health care and declared a war on physicians. We were shocked and appalled to learn that the Governator actually wants to penalize us, clinical providers, with a 2% gross revenue tax that will hit MDs with high operating costs especially hard. His action comes at a time when we are already experiencing ...

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Complications arose from his gastric bypass surgery at Man's Greatest Hospital Massachusetts General Hospital. Patriots QB Tom Brady is expected to be a plaintiff witness:

In the Weis case, Ferguson and Hodin may need to counter a report by Dr. Steven J. Smith, a Florida surgeon hired by Weis's legal team, who concluded the Mass. General physicians provided substandard care and treatment resulting in Weis's excessive bleeding, septic ...

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The beginnings of a fee-for-service payment model. Sound familiar?

Provinces should fund hospitals based on the number of patients they treat instead of handing over a lump sum that forces them to close beds and operating rooms when the money runs out, says the incoming head of the Canadian Medical Association.

Dr. Brian Day said the result of the current way of doing things, the so-called global funding ...

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This medical student argues yes:

U.S. schools will only admit students who have proven that they can excel academically and otherwise, while many Caribbean schools are willing to accept students who have less than perfect academic records, with the caveat that they have to prove themselves.

Most students at my school would agree that they have been given an extra chance -- a chance to prove that they ...

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A Zyprexa rep tells all

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(via PharmedOut)

The scoop behind the medical marijuana scene in California:

Before the next week could come a friend of mine text messaged me about a "Prescription Party" he was having where a Doctor would be signing prescriptions (for a fee of course). I showed up late and most people had gone home or drank and smoked themselves into a stupor. Lucky for me the Doctor was included in the drunk, ...

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Americans are Canada's Mexicans. Too bad his solution is a single-payer system.

Despite all the outside forces that turn physicians and patients into adversaries, this doctor remembers what's most important:

The doctor-patient relationship is more than a commercial transaction between retailers and customers; it is a sacred bond in which both parties are interdependent. It is the place where doctors and patients become allies.

Much has happened in the medical profession and in society at large to loosen and misfocus ...

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Expect Wal-Mart to follow. This is good news for patients, bad news for Pfizer and Lipitor.

Shadowfax with more excellent analysis. Certainly seems more appealing than California's recent reform proposal:

I do not know whether this bill has a chance of becoming law -- certainly the odds are stacked against it. But it is the first proposal for health care reform I am familiar with, which does not seem to contain any lethal flaws. It achieves much of the goals of a single payer ...

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Dr. RW says that there's nothing to differentiate general internal medicine from FPs:

Worse yet, the proposals are another failure of the ACP to reclaim the identity of internal medicine. In defining the way internists fill the primary care role the proposals make no distinction from family practice. Is it any wonder there is a growing perception that the only way to be an internist is to be a ...

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It seems endless. And these are just Pfizer's. (via Peter Rost)

A sculpture that can be yours, on eBay.

The real two-tiered system in Canada.

An AIDS treatment group takes offense that it is marketed as a lifestyle drug - which it is.

Driven away by the three ills of American medicine - too much work, too little pay, and the fear of malpractice lawsuits:

On-call surgeons worry there's more chance of getting sued by a stranger whom they rush to treat in an ER than by an established patient having elective surgery. "Anything can happen in an ER," says Jose Arrascue, a kidney specialist in Boynton Beach, Fla."If you have no rapport ...

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Is this because we more readily prescribe drugs?

High blood pressure is controlled better in the United States than in five Western European countries, a study found, and researchers credit American doctors' more aggressive prescribing of drugs.

The researchers pointed proudly to the findings, saying that the U.S. strategy of prescribing more pills earlier probably saves money overall by preventing heart attacks and strokes . . .

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Health portal arms race

Revolution Health launches while WebMD upgrades. Both offer healthcare blogs as part of the Web 2.0 movement. Is the health blogosphere going to get a lot bigger in the near future?

One more down, more than 27,000 to go.

Will pay-for-performance help physicians spur on patient compliance? Here is information about the recommended tests.

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