There is a one-year waiting list for physician license applications in Texas, thanks to malpractice caps:

Meanwhile, about 2,250 license applications await processing at the Texas Medical Board in Austin. The wait could be as long as a year for some of the more experienced doctors because it takes longer to review their records.

The fear is that some doctors will give up on Texas and go elsewhere ...

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I don't think I can add anything more to that title.

WSJ on the increasing diversity of medical students:

In the past 15 years, U.S. medicine has seen a huge influx of first- and second-generation immigrants. It follows and augments a different demographic trend that began 30 years ago with the acceptance of increasing numbers of women into medical schools. As a result of that earlier revolutionary change, half of new practitioners today are women.
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Coming clean

Blog with your real name and getting it cleared by your administrator. It may be what's needed for some medical blogs to continue.

GSK accused of paying physicians to keep quiet about Avandia.

A profile of Dr. Peter Rost, which Fortune calls "a professional pain in the ass" to the drug industry.

Paul Hsieh with an op-ed, giving the TennCare disaster as an example of government intervention failing:

The Tennessee government initially offered a generous benefits package. Predictably, costs skyrocketed because patients had no incentives to spend prudently. In response, the government attempted to control costs by slashing payments to doctors and hospitals.

Hospitals closed and doctors left the state in droves. Many doctors who remained stopped seeing TennCare patients since ...

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Medgadget takes a look at some of the medical words used to narrow the field.

Should we be surprised at what she finds? (via Health Care Renewal)

Some say following the DASH diet for hypertension is almost the equivalent of being on a blood pressure medication. Problem is, no one is following it:

"Few adults with known hypertension follow the DASH diet," said Dr. Mellen. "We appear to be going in the wrong direction. The dietary quality of hypertensive adults has deteriorated since the DASH diet became incorporated in the national guidelines."

MedPage Today with more on the Speaker XDR-TB case.

"Who cares?", says Nortin Hadler. I'm sure a few endocrinologists would take issue with that:

I have practiced medicine for 40 years. I have never prescribed a pill to lower blood sugar. I still see no reason to do so. If I am disadvantaging my patients, it's to a trivial degree at most. However, I know I am sparing them known and unknown hazards.

And I won't ...

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Is the CDC above the fray?

Exceeded $1.1 billion last year in California:

Mehlman said Los Angeles County, especially, should not be partnering with the consulate to provide health services. "The county is broke, they are cutting back on services, they are closing emergency rooms, yet they are dreaming up new ways to provide benefits to illegal aliens," he said. "It's lunacy."

Health services to illegal immigrants in Los Angeles County cost the Medi-Cal program nearly ...

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That is what a lawsuit against a health plan is alleging:

The suit claims that discrimination in how new patients were assigned to doctors coincided with the group's running a deficit of about $3.5 million in 2005.

"On several occasions the employer's ob/gyn management stated that male doctors do not attract patients and that HVMA needed to hire young female doctors to attract new patients and increase patient ...

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I think it's safe to add "Don't blog about your trial while it's going on," to this list.

Turned out to be an elaborate hoax.

TV executives, for one:

I do know of some people, however, whose lives would be gravely endangered if DTC advertising were restricted or limited: TV executives. It is no secret that the networks have come to depend very heavily on pharmaceutical ad dollars, particularly the evening news broadcasts. I remember seeing a list not long ago of the top ten advertisers on the three big networks' nightly newscasts. Twenty-nine ...

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Graham and Panda

Two bloggers at opposite ends of the political spectrum. To my surprise, Graham actually agreed with most of Panda's points on health care.

Regina Herzlinger:

"The US health-care system is in the midst of a ferocious war. Four armies are battling to gain control: the health insurers, hospitals, government and doctors," she writes at the start of her new book, "Who Killed Health Care?". Then she moves in for the kill: "Yet you and I, the people who use the health system and who pay for all of it, are not even ...

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