It's what's inside that counts.

It will "actively oppose" P4P initiatives that don't conform to its standards.

Some reader reactions to Texas malpractice caps:

The best thing about the malpractice caps: According to the article, these changes all but ended lawyers' ability to police hospitals and doctors for shoddy care. Thank goodness. Few lawyers have medical training, so they are simply not qualified to judge doctors or hospitals . . .

. . . A no-fault system would be a good solution, where, if ...

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One is at the premiere hospital in the world for TB, the other is in jail. The difference? Money.

A State Supreme Court says no. Thank God for common sense.

The American Osteopathic Association felt the need to clear the air after the Paris Hilton physician debacle.

Controversial view from a police chief.

A cure for cancer and medical information on the web are two topics touched upon.

Bullet in the head

No, not the John Woo movie, but a case of a man who thought he had a headache.

Again.

Psychiatrists seem to take the most pharmaceutical dollars:

As states begin to require that drug companies disclose their payments to doctors for lectures and other services, a pattern has emerged: psychiatrists earn more money from drug makers than doctors in any other specialty.

A government-run health care system bursting at the seams:

The government is campaigning to encourage families to have more children, but as children born in a 1980s boom reach fertility, they are straining a system which constitutionally must provide free services to all Poles.

It calls the film "almost superfluous":

After the early tales of the system's failure, "Sicko" becomes feeble, even inane. A recent poll shows that a majority of Americans not only favor a national health service but are willing to pay higher taxes for it. In that case, wouldn't it have made sense for Moore to find out what features of universal care in other countries could be adapted to ...

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Tragic story from Atlanta. Strange details are emerging from this weekend's murder-suicide by a pro wrestler. Some are blaming steroid rage:

"I don't know that we'll ever determine why [Benoit] did this," Fayette County District Attorney Scott Ballard said in a telephone interview. "The toxicology reports will shed some light, but we'll need to consult experts on all sorts of things about this, including what concentrations of steroids ...

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Here's a hint: bulletproof vests are probably more effective.

Responses to a recent WSJ op-ed wondering why patients have so many doctors:

The implication that average physician compensation is around $1 million is absurd; it is closer to $200,000. He also fails to mention that payments for "physician services" are only 21% of total health spending. There is data to suggest that reduced spending on physicians actually drives total spending higher due to effects on volume and quality. ...

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Medicare for all

Charlie Baker thinks this is a bad idea:

I heard this idea promoted at a luncheon I was at last week "” that the best way to fix health care in the U.S. would be to move to a "Medicare For All" system. Needless to say, I find this odd "” since I think many of the things people hate most about our existing system "” too procedure driven, ...

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A cardiac surgeon is being sued after using the wrong films during surgery:

The surgeon, Dr. Lit Fung of Modesto, told Gary Baumgartner he had sensed something was wrong near the end of the surgery and went to the catheterization lab, where he learned the mix-up had happened. Before the surgery, a hospital employee had loaded the angiogram films of a different patient into the operating room computer.
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Panda on so-called "frequent-fliers":

Mary is not unique. She is just a very visible symbol of a society that is ridiculously risk averse and consequently ridiculoulsy over-doctored. In a perfect world, someone would meet her at the door and say, "No. You are not getting drugs here." If she departed chastened from our door and died"¦oh, let's just say from a perforated bowel"¦ a reasonable jury, assuming the case ever ...

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Diabetics can present atypically for heart attacks. This ER doc finds one in a 30-year old without chest pain. (via Graham)

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