Do 'rich' people deserve medical charity too?

"For some people making above $100,000, when they get a hospital bill for $100,000, they may not have the ability to pay," said Gerard Anderson, director of the Center for Hospital Finance & Management at the Johns Hopkins University public health school.

(hat tip: Medical Quack)

Dr. Helen expresses her frustration with the medical culture that aims to rob us of our free will, all in the name of 'better health.'

The public health mission to minimize morbidity and mortality leaves no room for the possibility that someone might accept a shorter life span in exchange for more pleasure or less discomfort.

After only 55 years...(and no, this isn't the punch line of a bad joke about Germany's health care system)


(hat tip: Medskool)

While many physicians are increasingly avoiding government run health care, House of God author Stephen Bergman, proposes we strike for more governmental oversight...

I propose a doctors strike (or a healthcare workers strike, but I can only speak as a doctor). First, doctors would recruit enough colleagues to pledge that if, in two years (say, by July 4, 2009), there is not a ...

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Readers of this blog (and many others) often express a belief that under trained "mid-level providers" are equivalent to board certified physicians. If this law is allowed to go into effect, some unfortunate families will pay the ultimate price for their state's legislative naivety...

In June, Gov. Matt Blunt signed into law a bill to make health insurance more affordable for the state's citizens. The law includes a provision ...

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And Dr. Rob Oliver knocks it out of the park...

Tuition and living expenses during college ~ $150,000
Tuition and living expenses during medical school ~ $85,000
Average wage during my intern year in 1998 ~ $5.80 /hour
Average wage my 8th year in surgical training in 2005 ~ $9.75 /hour
Spending ages 22-35 in the library or hospital ~ PRICELE$$
(hat tip: plasticized)

The following op-ed was published on August 6th, 2007 in the New Hampshire Union Leader. Medicare is planning to cut physician payment rates by 10 percent in 2008. These reductions will continue annually, and it is predicted that the total cuts will be about 40 percent by 2016. The topic of physician compensation generally elicits little public sympathy. After all, the average primary care physician salary in ...

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When they say "it's for the kids"...

Apparently less than 100 mGy, which is enough for more than 3 CTs...

* = This statement may or may not be valid in Puerto Rico, where anyone can purchase a medical license.

Robert Lowes over at Medical Economics does the math to show how you could earn $6,000 more per year by skipping out on free lunches...

Hearing a drug spiel over a fajita wrap may not disrupt the schedule, but drop-ins and appointments eat up roughly 60 minutes a week, Health Strategies Group reports. If you used that extra time to see four established Medicare ...

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I wonder if the Congressional House majority party has ever read the FDA's position paper on imported drugs before passing this bill? At least Congressman Rogers understands the issue:

"I understand the intention to lower drug prices to the seniors, that is critically important," said Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich. "What we're doing is throwing open the gates to every (drug) counterfeiter in the world."

Throughout each medical school lecture or small group discussion emphazing "my moral responsibility to sacrifice myself to society," I struggled to express how damnable this concept was. It wasn't until I read Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged that my eyes were opened to the truth. Now, thankfully, Jared Rhoads has founded the Lucidicus Project to arm med students with the knowledge to proudly defend one of the world's ...

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Unless of course you are fat. Then you don't deserve medical care according to Dr Hamish Meldrum, head of the British Medical Association...

Obese people are often simply greedy and should not always be treated with pills, the head of the British Medical Association has said.

YouTube aficionado Adam has created several hilarious videos with his aptly named series, "Real Med-Students of Genius."

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Joanne Shaw, vice chairman of NHS Direct, takes up the consenting opinion. While Tom Burns, chair of social psychiatry, defends this [cough] appalling [cough] practice.

I wonder what the 12,000 or so suffers of severe rheumatoid arthritis think of this practice as the NHS denies them their medication?

Steve Kurzman, a cultural anthropologist and below-the-knee amputee, tales his tale in his new blog My New Leg...

My New Leg is a blog, or online diary, about my experience of getting a new prosthesis and the process involved in how amputees get prostheses. The goal of this blog is to document the delivery of prosthetic limbs in the American health care field as well as to report back ...

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David Catron, the human BS detector, weighs in...

Then someone forgot to tell this Canadian physician...

I soon discovered that the problems went well beyond overcrowded ERs. Patients had to wait for practically any diagnostic test or procedure, such as the man with persistent pain from a hernia operation whom we referred to a pain clinic - with a three-year wait list; or the woman with breast cancer who needed to wait four months for radiation ...

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Congratulations to Paul Levy, the only Hospital CEO with the courage to engage the blogosphere. Here's to another great year!

Update: It seems that I was mistaken, I'll be adding More Than Medicine & hospital impact to my google reader's list of blogs. Thanks Tony.

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