The AMSA website ranks pretty high:

This web site is using lots of alternative medicine terms. It is full of scientific jargon that is out of place and probably doesn't know the meaning of any of the terms. It shows no sceptical awareness and so should be treated with a suspicious mind.
(via Dr. RW)

Richard Reece tells us what's on his mind:

Q: What's wrong with foreign-trained doctors coming to America?

A: Nothing. The AMA says foreign citizens or Americans graduates of foreign medical schools (about 20% of the total) account for 229,000 of the 902,000 physicians practicing in the U.S. That's 25% compared to 42% of foreign-graduates practicing in the U.K.

Q: So what's your problem?

A: The problem ...

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Joe Paduda summarizes the case against universal care in a top 10 list.

David Hogberg writes why this would be a good idea.

It seems every year around this time there are arguments as to whether it exists or not.

This is indeed somewhat creepy:

Each shock leads to a perfusing rhythm, and, as the medics describe it, he is alert and able to answer questions soon thereafter just before he v-fib arrests again. Repeat x 12. It was unreal. Dude is shocked for the THIRTEENTH time upon arrival to our ER then wakes up and answers our onslaught of questions.

Sounds like a no-brainer, but a look behind the scenes shows that it's really not.

A WSJ reader suggests not:

It is easy to refute the claim in "Sicko" that the Canadian health care system is superior to the U.S. one. It is simple for citizens of either country to cross the border for health care, but no Americans are eager to get care in the socialized Canadian system. The traffic seeking health care is all in the other direction.

Medgadget with the scoop on the latest:

Here's an exclusive look at the first, and only, electronic medical record (EMR) compatible with the infamous iPhone. Everything from office notes to prescriptions, x-rays to echos can be viewed in all their multi-touch screen glory on the iPhone. Not to worry, this sexy little program isn't just for hip, trendy physicians - soon even patients will be able to access their ...

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Physicians and the AMA are accusing retail clinics of having a conflict of interest:

The AMA and local physicians-group representatives add to their list of concerns what they view as an inherent conflict of interest: When an in-store clinic writes a prescription, it can be filled inside that store.

"The concern is that patients may be prescribed medications that are unnecessary or more expensive than necessary, based on the ...

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Atul Gawande is interviewed by a newspaper in India:

Rule 1: Don't do it the way it's done in the US. It's a disaster. Rule 2: If compensating for malpractice is deemed a priority, then a public fund should be established for people who have rare but serious complications from medical care due to error. Rule 3: Perfection is not possible in medicine, but our responsibility in medicine ...

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Patients in Texas can thank the malpractice caps:

An influx of doctors into Texas has caused long waits for medical licenses, inconveniences for patients wanting to see certain specialists and anxiety for physicians awaiting new colleagues to help with high caseloads.

People in the medical field say the state's limits on malpractice lawsuits have generated a surge of doctors, including specialists, who want to practice in Texas, which is ...

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Will the West continue to welcome Middle Eastern physicians after the UK terror attempts?

Just before his death, Yasser had applied for a training course in London. At the time, he appeared a shoo-in, with his medical and journalistic track record, his piles of recommendation letters and a smile that could charm the coldest of European fellowship administrators. And now? An Iraqi doctor applying for a training course in ...

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A Freakonomics-like approach to sex and promiscuity:

Imagine a country where almost all women are monogamous, while all men demand two female partners per year. Under those circumstances, a few prostitutes end up servicing all the men. Before long, the prostitutes are infected; they pass the disease on to the men; the men bring it home to their monogamous wives. But if each of those monogamous wives were willing ...

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It looks like it won't be breaking any records:

Michael Moore's Sicko health care documentary from The Weinstein Co looks like it won't top his 2002 Bowling For Columbine. Though already in 8th place among documentary moneymakers, Sicko took in $3.5 mil from 702 theaters for a new cume of $11.3 mil. Though that's only a 22% drop from last week, its per screen average has halved.
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Reimbursement issues is forcing this pharmacist to change careers:

In August 2005, Skaff closed the last of three pharmacies he'd owned and operated for much of his life.

The stores - in the mountain towns of Idaho Springs, Conifer and Evergreen - became bureaucratic nightmares, thanks to the insurance industry and Medicare, which together pay for most people's drugs. They pay what they want to pay and when they want ...

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Follow the suggestions, and everything should be fine.

Is the ER the best place for an examination after a sexual assault? Scalpel argues no:

In my opinion, it is my job to stabilize and treat your emergency medical condition. Collection of evidence and detailed completion of medically-unnecessary forms (while sicker patients wait unseen) in order to support an often doubtful and frequently unpursued court case is something altogether different.

I think such examinations are best performed ...

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Neither, it seems.

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