Of course not, says Richard Reece:

It all comes down to altitude and attitude. From their lofty perch, The New York Time's editorial staff has yet to tumble to the reality America is basically a conservative nation, distrusts centralized government, wants choices of care and providers, demands access to the wonders of high tech medicine, and believes a market-based system, with all its faults, such as profits for entrepreneurial ...

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John Mack discusses how Big Pharma is grappling with Web 2.0.

Some are going overboard with HIPAA:

Many organizations have erred on the side of overcompliance, adding unnecessary red tape, confusing their patients and needlessly impeding the flow of information. One group uses six different HIPAA authorization forms for different circumstances. Some have even purchased restaurant-style beepers to notify waiting patients, instead of calling out their names.

Their use is increasing to introduce some predictability in jury cases.

Thanks to FPM for the mention of this blog.

More primary care grimness from John Gordon. Making re-certification harder for primary care isn't going to help:

You have to love a group of people who, faced with immense economic pressures, decide to make their board certification five times harder. There's a definite impulse to self-punishment among family physicians ...

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"I was lucky," he says. Indeed.

Grace-Marie Turner suggests that the expansion of retail clinics is simply free market at work:

Much like the response to Hurricane Katrina, private companies are far ahead of the government in answering Americans' needs, this time for more accessible and more affordable health care. Political leaders across the country seeking to expand government's role in health care should take note . . .

. . . With many ...

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The WSJ takes a look at what happened in Illinois:

The Democratic House in Springfield killed the proposal, 107-0, after Mr. Blagojevich came out against his own idea when it became clear he was going to be humiliated . . .

. . . Easily re-elected in November, the Governor used every trick in the "progressive" political playbook to sell his proposal. Instead of a general tax increase, ...

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He has been hospitalized for a heart attack. Get well soon and have a speedy recovery.

Dr. RW explains the bias against scientific rigor when it comes to alternative therapies.

It's safe to say that if you're in health IT, there will always be a job for you in Massachusetts:

Massachusetts is among the leaders nationally in the use of electronic patient records and computerized drug prescribing. But its workforce is not keeping pace: The state lacks enough people who know how computers work and who understand how doctors diagnose and treat diseases.

It is a unique blend ...

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Toss the vitamins

Recent studies have discredited the benefit of most vitamins. Judy Foreman is starting to toss them out.

It leads to a woman being quarantined in her home for two months.

His medical team speaks about his ordeal.

A truly sad case of a stroke victim and his family's conflict with the hospital:

Family members, on the other hand, argued in court filings that their actions were mischaracterized.

The guardian won. By court order, family members can visit only with Partners in Care's consent. They can't discuss health care with doctors or nurses, or even Medvedev himself. Nor can they mention the court battle. To make sure ...

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A pregnant mother races into a burning house to save her son, suffering severe burns. Then she gives birth 6 days later.

The keys to creating overwhelming demand for Gardasil: free and voluntary. Live free or die baby:

The New Hampshire experience contrasts sharply with that in many other states, where opponents have cited factors like the drug manufacturer's profit motive and the fear that inoculating young girls will encourage them to be sexually active.

New Hampshire has critics of the vaccine, too. But its health officials, wanting ...

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A doctor was arrested for aiding drug dealers:

A Mexican doctor surgically removed drug traffickers' fingerprints, substituting skin from the soles of their feet, to help the traffickers avoid arrest, the authorities said Friday.

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