Just two.

Must-read op-ed that lays out the arguments:

In discussing the morality of a single-payer system, those efficiency considerations are irrelevant. In discussing the morality, one thing matters1: who is made better off, and who worse off, by the system?

Most advocates of single payer, I think, care most about this justice claim. They may also think that they can make the system more efficient, but if one could ...

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Moose farts are partly responsible for the climate change:

Norway is concerned that its national animal, the moose, is harming the climate by emitting an estimated 2,100 kilos of carbon dioxide a year through its belching and farting.

Norwegian newspapers, citing research from Norway's technical university, said a motorist would have to drive 13,000 kilometers in a car to emit as much CO2 as a moose does in ...

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The WSJ picks up on the effort to protect physician reputations:

Next time you go to the doctor, look for a new form buried in the stack of insurance and health-history paperwork you're asked to complete. You might find a contract that would require you ask your doctor for permission to grade him or her online.

It's the brainchild of Medical Justice, a company that already provides doctors ...

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How many holes can he poke?

First let's acknowledge that the U.S. medical system has serious problems. But the problems stem from departures from free-market principles. The system is riddled with tax manipulation, costly insurance mandates and bureaucratic interference. Most important, six out of seven health-care dollars are spent by third parties, which means that most consumers exercise no cost-consciousness. As Milton Friedman always pointed out, no one spends ...

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That's the taxpayer burden. Lawyers for the inmates say it isn't enough.

A hospital's ad campaign means something different to Star Trek fans.

The old and the sick

Jane Galt says they bear some responsibility as well:

Moreover, as a class, the old and sick have some culpability in their ill health. They didn't eat right or exercise; they smoked; they didn't go to the doctor as often as they ought; they drank to much, or took drugs, or sped, or engaged in dangerous sports. Again, in individual cases this will not be true; but as a class, ...

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The case was decided in Wisconsin before caps were in place:

Angela Beauchaine, a resident in training at the hospital, was the only doctor sued in connection with the girl's death who was not covered by state malpractice award limits that shield fully licensed doctors. Tort reforms a decade ago capped awards, making doctors liable for far less in damages than Beauchaine faced.

The CMA denounces the practice, pharmacists are outraged:

"Despite their obvious skills, pharmacists don't have the totality of skills to make sound clinical judgments," said Gordon Pugsley, president of Doctors Nova Scotia. "It's an enormous leap of faith to think that care can be delivered at the same high level by someone other than a physician."

At their policy meeting, CMA members overwhelmingly endorsed a motion that reads: "The ...

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Amy Ridenour on the bias of the media coverage:

Although the Kansas City Star reported Thursday that a sister of the dead woman was "scared to death" that the husband might mistreat the woman, while another sister said the alleged killer "seemed pretty unstable," few media outlets included information about a possible motive other than, or in conjunction with, health care costs.

Likewise, few readers outside of Kansas ...

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"I'm going to be honest with you - I don't know a lot about Cuba's healthcare system. Is it a government-run system?"

- former Sen. John Edwards

(via Reason Magazine and David Hogberg)

Using the popular online game to study reactions to a virtual disease:

Epidemiologists, often lacking real-life disease explosions within the population, are studying epidemics within virtual worlds such as the famous "corrupted blood" disease that ripped through, and temporarily pacified, the World of Warcraft.

Anonymous blogging

Blogging under a pseudonym = daring readers to expose their identity?

There is a severe shortage of PCPs in Canada, forcing patients to get their care in the ER:

17% of Canadians don't have a regular family doctor. . .

. . . This is higher than the 15% of Americans who don't have health insurance. Both groups don't have regular access to a physician and presumably both groups are forced to get their care from the ER. Wow. As ...

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A miscarriage gets to this ER physician:

Miscarriages, however, are an exception. Everytime I pull a fetus from a woman's cervix, I feel a little lightheaded and get a pit in my stomach. And this over an amorphous blob of tissue, the typical miscarriage occurring far too early to appear human.
(via The Physician Executive)

The FDA is taking a closer look at drug ads. I still think they should be banned.

Bizarre. She linked to an already public document:

A mental health doctor is headed for a showdown with the General Medical Council (GMC) in the High Court because she is accused of breaking confidentiality by posting a link on her blog.

Dr Rita Pal's link led to an American site called Furious Seasons, which had published a PDF of the minutes of a July 2006 fitness to practice ...

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Internal medicine circa 2005: 60 percent enter subspecialties. 15 percent become general internists, and more than half of those are becoming hospitalists.

I don't, but plenty of other medical bloggers do. Two physicians duke it out in a point/counterpoint.

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