RIP King-Harbor

The troubled hospital shuts down:

Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital shut down its emergency room Friday night and will close entirely within two weeks, a startlingly swift reaction to a federal decision to revoke $200 million in annual funding because of ongoing lapses in care.
The surrounding hospitals are put under further pressure, as patients will be redirected. I also wonder what's going to happen to the house staff there. ...

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A big thank-you to Josh Umbehr, who took time out of his busy resident's schedule to guest blog this past week. You can find more of his work over at Medgadget.

And we want THEM to take complete control?

Wheelchairs designed for use outside the home will no longer be covered by Medicaid under a rule change that disabled-rights advocates say is misguided, and one occupational therapist likened to placing hundreds of Utahns on house arrest.

If you adopt their dietary standards TODAY!

Wag The Dog

Publix's recent advertisement of free antibiotics may have been a publicity stunt to distract as they officially retracted their "policy" to match Wal-Mart's $4 prescriptions...

Don't worry parents, you don't need to be personally responsible for your children, Uncle Sam will do it for you...

Schools in California will be required to have someone available who is trained to assist diabetic children under a legal settlement announced Wednesday in Oakland.

The agreement sets a policy requiring children who have diabetes to be provided services under federal laws that ...

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Why oh Why...

His groin area was bleeding heavily, so he called his daughter. She called for help. When police arrived, they found a makeshift operating room set up in the upper level of the house. There were bright lights, an apparent operating table, medical supplies and equipment, and a camera. Angus was still bleeding, and there was blood in the living room, hall and bathroom, the affidavit said. He ...

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Dr. Wes might be on to something with his research comparing physician and lawyer campaign contributions...

An unknown journalist finally challenges Mrs. Clinton on her socialist health care policies and she cracks under the pressure...

David Leonhardt explains the flaws in Democratic Presidential Health Plans that erroneously suggest the savings from preventative medicine will pay for a socialized system...

"Fundamentally, if you're going to control health care costs, it involves denying people care they want "” or things they've been trained to think they want," Mr. Gruber says. "There is no easy answer."

This may be the best paragraph I've ever read...

There seems to be a very schizophrenic attitude about physicians. People want more knowledgeable doctors, ones that will listen better and explain more clearly. Docs that will fully enumerate and carefully explain all the issues and choices for any situation; who will be sensitive to their individual needs, who will both guide them but let them make all their ...

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If you're too heavy, your boss may lighten your wallet for you...

Socialized Medicine = Workfare

Right now there are over 2 million people directly employed by the Federal government. A Clintonian type socialized/nationalized health care service would have the potential to add hundreds of thousands more to the government payroll as various bureaucrats and support personal.

And the truth shall set you free!

UroStream responds to a Physicians Assistant who felt that certain work was "beneath her..."

Dr. Richard Reece believes that innovative doctors will shape the future of medicine and shares some inspiring examples.

(thanks Matthias)

Do 'rich' people deserve medical charity too?

"For some people making above $100,000, when they get a hospital bill for $100,000, they may not have the ability to pay," said Gerard Anderson, director of the Center for Hospital Finance & Management at the Johns Hopkins University public health school.

(hat tip: Medical Quack)

Dr. Helen expresses her frustration with the medical culture that aims to rob us of our free will, all in the name of 'better health.'

The public health mission to minimize morbidity and mortality leaves no room for the possibility that someone might accept a shorter life span in exchange for more pleasure or less discomfort.

After only 55 years...(and no, this isn't the punch line of a bad joke about Germany's health care system)


(hat tip: Medskool)

While many physicians are increasingly avoiding government run health care, House of God author Stephen Bergman, proposes we strike for more governmental oversight...

I propose a doctors strike (or a healthcare workers strike, but I can only speak as a doctor). First, doctors would recruit enough colleagues to pledge that if, in two years (say, by July 4, 2009), there is not a ...

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