For those who support a "Medicare for all" approach, consider what happens when you have a single entity making all the health care decisions:

The 75% rule is one example of the kinds of decisions that a government sponsored universal healthcare system will make. When one payer (government or non-government) develops a monopoly, their decisions can single-handedly limit consumer choice, prevent physicians from exercising clinical judgment, and decrease quality ...


An economist promotes less, not more, government in health care:

Some of our politicians hold up the Canadian and British nationalized health care systems as models for us. You can bet that should we ever have such a system, they would exempt themselves from what the rest of us would have to endure.

There's a cure for our health care problems. That cure is not to demand more government ...


I've always applauded his openness and forward thinking. Many other hospital CEOs would be wise to follow his lead and embrace the openness and transparency offered by blogging.

He wasn't happy with the wait. (via Scalpel)

These videos were uploaded by a family physician from the UK:

Dr Steele told El Reg: "These are videos that I have produced at my own expense to help educate the public. I know for a fact that people find this material very helpful, as they are often provided with minimal support information when they enquire about these procedures."
(via Shiny Shiny)

A misguided person thinks that his employer-paid health insurance and continuing Medicare coverage is "free":

One gentleman said he never has to pay for healthcare. He gets his for free.

Free? uh-huh "” sure.

I asked him if he works for a living. No, he said he is retired. So I asked him if his employer paid for his medical care and he ...


Apparently, the heat is being turned on him:

So where is the doctor? According to Access, since news broke about the methadone prescription Dr. Kapoor has been unavailable for comment. He cancelled an interview with Access and was captured with his head covered while ducking in to a van in Los Angeles yesterday. His Southern California practice offices had the curtains drawn and the doors locked as well.


Hallmark with cards for specific medical conditions:

Likewise, most cards lining the store shelves don't work on occasions as someone leaving an abusive spouse, undergoing drug rehab or declaring their sexual orientation . . .

. . .'Cancer is a villain who doesn't play fair'
For illness: "Cancer is a villain who doesn't play fair ... but it can't dim your spirit, and it can't silence prayer."


Closure on a case discussed previously.

Hotel concierge doc

Something to keep in mind when traveling. It may be cheaper and more convenient than going to the ER.

Ridiculous red tape preventing doctors from doing their best for incoming vets. (via a reader tip by Hello Mary Lu)

It's fee for service on steroids over there:

At some urban hospitals, the rate of Caesarean sections have risen to more than 60 percent of all deliveries, the Xinhua news agency reported, citing medical experts.

"Caesarean sections earn doctors higher profits so they tend to persuade pregnant women to have the procedures," said a doctor who did not wish to be named.

Bacteria ties

Neckties are known to be bacterial cesspools. Now, you can wear a tie that showcases that!

Could the parents have a financial gain from the diagnosis?

In some states, there is an increasing array of financial incentives to having a diagnosis of autism, such as one's potential eligibility for Medicaid. By contrast, there has been a decided lack of incentives, state insurance, and availability of affordable health programs for the more mundane diagnosis of mental retardation over the same time frame.

The tragic case of the clonidine overdose mentioned previously. Was her diagnosis upgraded to bipolar disorder to increase the services available to her?

Another link from Graham, where someone wrongly advises that you don't have to worry about overdosing from Tylenol.

The Weis trial continues

The plaintiff's expert witness took the stand yesterday:

Defense attorney William J. Dailey Jr. questioned Wittgrove's credibility, saying he had not seen X-rays of Weis until yesterday morning despite being contacted about the case before Thanksgiving. Dailey, who has stated that Hodin acted in the best interests of Weis because of the possibility of a pulmonary embolism, which would have made a second surgery extremely dangerous, also questioned Wittgrove ...


CPR on Grey’s Anatomy

I think the current three-part episode has been pretty good from a dramatic standpoint, shoddy from a medical standpoint - but then we're talking Grey's Anatomy here.

Graham looks at the CPR from last night's episode - the ratio was probably shortened because increasing the frequency of mouth-to-mouth is much more dramatic. Also watching 30 compressions in a row doesn't make for good television.

More foreign-trained doctors are opting for a H1-B, which allows them to practice in urban areas:

Today hundreds of doctors from India, Pakistan and other countries are bypassing the J-1, which gives doctors eligibility for a green card if they first spend three years in an underserved area. Instead, many foreign doctors are securing an H1-B, which doesn't require the rural stint, and are working in the big urban ...


Ideas for reform

Economist Daniel McFadden with some health reform ideas in today's WSJ:

There are a number of reasons for this gathering storm. First, the U.S. population is getting older, and the old require more medical maintenance. Second, we are getting wealthier, and staying alive is the ultimate luxury good. Third, we demand expensive medical innovations, such as dialysis, MRIs, transplants, stents and biotech. About a third of all medical costs ...


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