How generalists are making the rules work for them, by inventing new fields.

In the movie, there is an anecdote where a man was denied this exotic treatment for his kidney cancer.

Arnold Kling writes that Britain, France and Canada would have denied this experimental treatment as well.

Ironically, the US would have been his only shot at receiving this treatment, via a clinical trial.

Michael Moore points fingers, and doesn't allow the accused to defend themselves.

The Washington Post agrees:

He never interviews actual veterans of the system: doctors, nurses, administrators -- only the victims.

Thus we get a bottom-up, not a top-down or a full-frontal view of the creaking system. The film progresses from anecdote to anecdote along predictable lines: American health coverage = BAD, European health coverage = ...

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Congrats Dr. Schwab. One of the best on the web.

iPhone hysteria

A psychiatrist examines the craziness.

Predominantly female?

Are women really more likely to have allergic reactions to medications than men, or are they simply more likely to receive a greater variety of medications over time and thus discover that they are allergic to them? Or are women just more likely to complain about subtle adverse reactions than men?

Take the celebrity quiz. When you're finished that, you can take a look at facelifts for dogs.

Panda should know. He compares the health care with the military:

Consider the American military in comparison to the typical European military. The American military is an expensive, technologically sophisticated organization that is twenty or thirty years ahead of anything the Europeans can field . . .

. . . A primary care military with conscripted soldiers who don't expect to do much is fairly inexpensive and looks ...

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So says Edwin Leap. Just please don't tell me that health care will be free:

Even health-care in the purest idealized socialist system, in the most European, Marxist based, Castro-modeled, academic leftist dream-scape, won't be free. Get this: health care can't be free.

It can be free to the people who receive it, provided they are low enough on the economic scale. But to ...

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Breast augmentation

The #1 cosmetic procedure. A plastic surgeon explains why:

It's likely that the increasing number of women having breast augmentation is partially due to the strong economy (in everywhere but here in Michigan) and the fact that silicone gel implants were approved by the FDA in November. These implants are so superior to the saline implants in appearance and feel that I am now finding more women opting ...

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A sicker population, and a fee for service reimbursement system are driving factors. Want to solve the problem? Go back to capitati . . . oops, already tried that.

Scott MacStravic clearly identifies the reasons.

I'll trade my Avian Flu for your Hantavirus card. (via Women's Health News and Medgadget)

Physicians in France make about $55,000 per year. Can that be realistically applied here?

France reimburses its doctors at a far lower rate than U.S. physicians would accept. However, French doctors don't have to pay back their crushing student loans because medical school is paid for by the state, and malpractice insurance premiums are a tiny fraction of the $55,000 a year and up that many U.S. doctors pay. ...

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Yes, it sounds good. But, be careful what you wish for:

Furthermore, establishing a Health Insurance floor, as any UHC system must inevitably do, will encourage suppliers of Tier 1A care to edge toward Tier 3 care (since Tier 2 will be slowly disappearing.) Since Tier 1 and 1A effectively support the bulk of innovation in Medicine, this movement will further constrict the moneys available for difficult ...

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Beginning of a slippery slope? (via Medpundit)

iPhone

Finance Physician looks at some reasons not to get one.

Direct admission

Sometimes, it's not so simple.

JAMA and drug ads

JAMA editor Catherine DeAngelis calls physicians on speakers bureaus prostitutes.

Most physicians want a moratorium. I'll go one step further and say they should be banned.

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