I've been catching up on season one during the last few weeks - and I've been wondering the same thing. But, they're always on the lookout for unheard-of, rare diseases:

There's one medical mystery the creator of House never wants to solve.

Namely, what does he do when he runs out of diseases for his cranky, cane-bound hero to diagnose?

"That was a concern," admits executive ...

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More sad stats from Canada.

Another way reimbursement continues to be under fire:

But Dr. Mesoras, the Aetna official, said his company had been able to use transparency in its favor during negotiations. In a few cases, doctors demanding high rates for certain procedures have backed down after learning that their relative reimbursements will be visible on the Aetna Web site.

I happen to agree that an individual mandate is the best solution for universal healthcare.

The controversy surrounding LifeSharers:

So far, 4,526 people from all 50 states have joined LifeSharers, pledging to donate their organs only to other members when they die. If there is no suitable match, a person's organs can be donated to a nonmember.

Undis believes restricting organs only to people who are willing to donate their own is the fairest way to distribute precious organs, while others balk at ...

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A patient chronicles his experience with a recent prostate cancer diagnosis.

And promptly shoots-down one reason why "Medicare for all" won't work.

Some are wondering whether these "fast-food" clinics cater to the rich and suburban:

More than a dozen AMA delegates testified before a committee Sunday, raising numerous concerns, including whether retailers were cherry-picking patients in suburban areas.

"I don't think you will find any of these clinics in the inner city," Dr. Arthur Snow, an AMA delegate and family physician from Shawnee Mission, Kan., not far from Walgreens' targeted ...

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The Washington Post looks closer and doesn't see an end anytime soon:

Why should we be surprised? This generation is the one we have pushed to get into the best high schools and colleges, to have the best grades and résumés. Computer nerds are culture heroes, SAT scores are measures of our worth and the Ivy League is Valhalla. Hermione Granger in "Harry Potter" is a heroine despite being ...

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As people continue to digest the data from the study, more are coming to the same conclusion:

The comment came after a recent study from Harvard found that four out of every 10 medical malpractice cases were groundless. The researchers reported that many of the lawsuits they analyzed had no evidence that a medical error was committed or even that the patient had suffered any injury.

However, Dr. David ...

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More tales from the single-payer system up north:

Seven Oaks came within a whisker of shutting down its ER last week because it couldn't find an ER doctor to fill a shift.

They found a family physician to fill in at the last minute, but still had to divert ambulances to other ERs for more serious cases.

And now this. Another resignation.

The scary part is this ...

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AMA membership for 1/2 price . . . for a 1/2 year membership. Brilliant.

It's mainly because of too much politicking:

What's so bad about this sort of thing? After all, Who's Who and its progeny operate a similar scam. I would argue, though, that by adopting the guidebook approach, Best Doctors (or Best Lawyers or Best Dentists) fails the public by making a false promise. The real problem at hand - how do you find a reliable professional whose services you very ...

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Mandatory pre-trial arbitration and loser pays. Cases would be resolved sooner, which would appropriately compensate patients injured by true medical malpractice more quickly.

A one-cent a can tax would generate huge revenue:

The committee did not specify how high the tax should be. But a consumer group, Center for Science in the Public Interest, estimates that a 1 cent a can tax would raise $1.5 billion a year. That's more than the advertising budget of McDonald's.

One of the great villains of medical history, who has done significant damage to public health with his false MMR-autism claims:

The editor admitted he would not have published the 1998 paper if he had known about what he called a "fatal conflict of interest".

Mr Wakefield was being paid to see if there was any evidence to support possible legal action by a group of parents who ...

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Cost is a big one:

Gardasil offers nearly 100% protection against the two most common cancer-causing HPV strains, as well as two others that cause genital warts. But at $360 for three shots given over six months, the vaccine, which was developed by Merck, is among the most expensive on the market. The price tag alone probably puts it out of reach for many uninsured women in the U.S. (as ...

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Roy Poses feels that physicians should reclaim healthcare management:

This commentary makes very clear what sort of thinking pervades the current leadership of health care. Health care is a business, like any other, without any particular values or ideals that set it apart from manufacturing automobiles, or hauling trash.

This thinking has been going on at least since the 1980's, when Einthoven, one of the leaders of the ...

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This letter explains why, referring to the recent Studdert study detailing a broken malpractice system:

The AP reporter got it right the first time. The report found that 3 percent of the claims had absolutely no adverse outcome for the patient at all. Thirty-seven percent had an adverse outcome but there was no negligence or malpractice involved.

The paper says, on page 2029, "We found that only a small ...

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The physician followed standard of care in this unfortunate, rare case. However, the family felt the need to blame someone, so a lawsuit was brought. Sometimes, unfortunate outcomes happen - and it's no one's fault:

He said Humphrey treated Kim appropriately given a history of fibroids, that bleeding can still occur when women are on Depo-Provera and that performing a hysterectomy in the face of a benign ...

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