It almost killed this man.

Health care costs 101

Great op-ed in the WSJ, which spells it out in simple language:

Reducing health-care spending isn't hard: Just give the government control over the national health-care budget and you'll see spending decline. Access to physicians and hospitals, the newest technology, important therapies and the best medications will also decline over time. But that's the trade-off society makes when the government controls health-care spending.

It's remarkable how gullible people ...

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California's attempt seems dead, joining Illinois, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania. Seems like the fine print got them. If states can't agree, good luck reforming on a federal level:

If Arnold's plan does fail, it will join "universal" health-care dreams in Illinois, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and other states that were also unveiled to hosannas but flopped once the fine print and costs were exposed. Alas, the failure of these state reforms ...

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Maggots to treat wounds

You've all heard about it, now see it in action:

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(via Graham)

Graham has serious concerns about giving patients too much control over their medical record:

This is supposed to be a medical record, right? For use by physicians, right? Because from the looks of it, you want patients to use medical terminology (which most don't know, use, or understand) to create their medical record. You want people to know terms like "AV Nodal Re-Entrant Tachycardia" or "Partial Complex Seizure secondary to ...

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Drug approvals are way down.

A "success story" of a physician who was victimized by the government, and still loses almost a million dollars defending himself.

Can there be a connection? Researchers in Germany find out.

"Patient-driven"

The Da Vinci is taking off. But is it really patient-driven demand?

Illinois has found another way to victimize physicians:

Kate McDonough, spokesperson for the Illinois College of Emergency Physicians, said the new amended legislation allows a jury in a civil trial to award damages for grief, sorrow and mental suffering. The original legislation prohibited jurors in a civil trial from considering those three factors, she said.

McDonough said the new bill also deleted language limiting the amount of damages that ...

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With the patent on Prilosec expiring, how Astra-Zenica came up with Nexium, which is essentially the same drug.

Google Blogoscoped with the scoop.

A PNHP single-payer zealot writes an op-ed that triggers significant resistance in the comments:

You know, what this really ultimately comes down to is others trying to preach and force their morality and views on those who do not want it. If I say I DO NOT WANT TO BE WITHIN A UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, should that not be my right? If others want their socialized setup, let them ...

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Desperate times up north:

Elsie Harvey has gone so far as to put an advertisement in this newspaper appealing to any doctor to take on the care of her mother, Etta Young, in this last stage of her life.

"There must be one physician in Cobourg who will see it in their heart to take on a 91-year-old lady who needs medical care," Mrs. Harvey pleads desperately in the ...

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Sally Pipes on what Sicko left out:

When the government pays for healthcare, saving money is more important than saving lives. So bureaucrats have an incentive to delay - or deny - the introduction of new, costly drugs.

It's not just limited access to drugs that hastens the deaths of the ill and the elderly. Diminished access to physicians, surgeries, and other procedures harm ordinary Canadians, ...

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Free food raises Grand Rounds attendance by a whopping 38.4 percent.

Which occupation has the highest IQ?

Coffee overdose?

Graham takes a look at a case where a teen downs 7 double espressos.

What the titans have in mind for health information:

A prototype of Google Health, which the company has shown to health professionals and advisers, makes the consumer focus clear. The welcome page reads, "At Google, we feel patients should be in charge of their health information, and they should be able to grant their health care providers, family members, or whomever they choose, access to this information. Google Health ...

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