If the government takes over, it'll be worse:

Medical care won't be so much provided as it will be dictated to you by your government.

If you think that you have it bad now with your private insurance company, just wait until the Federal government takes over and must severely limit health care consumption in order to be able to pay for the care of over 300 million Americans.

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Good stuff.

CNN counters Moore's points: "Moore seems to be creating controversy where none exists."

By refusing to cave in to these unreasonable requests.

I generally don't blog about patient encounters. Ad libitum goes into some reasons why blogging about patients could be dangerous.

Update:
GruntDoc responds.

Partly due to rising malpractice costs.

Some common-sense tips for patients.

Mike Huckabee takes his shots, targeting Moore's obesity.

This eye-opening post pretty much sums it up:

"The more you talk to people in medicine, the less income you'll make. The more you cut people in medicine, the more income you'll make."

Some say that the medical world isn't ready for a national EMR initiative yet.

More open letters

This time from a surgeon to his referring physicians.

Panda Bear with an answer:

. . . the disdain for money is fairly unhealthy even in the medical profession. There has to be an incentive for people to work hard and long. You will always have people willing to be physicians of course, but their enthusiasm for seeing that extra patient or coming in from home to operate on a patient on the weekend will diminish as the rewards ...

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Maria organizes this summer's literary medblogger project.

A personal health record system for corporate employees is falling into disarray.

Edwin Leap with a must-read on the likelihood of physicians committing suicide after being sued:

Let's reach out to everyone who gets sued. Give them a handshake or embrace, a friendly smile and an understanding ear. Remind them of all the good they have done, and of all the good they have yet to do. And we should tell them the stories of our own lawsuits so they won't ...

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Robert Centor says too many students choose specialties based on lifestyle and money:

I also worry about medical student specialty choice. Too many students seem to look at money and call schedule. I guess some students lose their love for medicine, and just view it as a job. I worry that many students choose a specialty for the wrong reasons, and I predict dissatisfaction 15-20 years after finishing their residency.

How they can adversely affect care for others in the emergency room.

Plastic surgeon Tony Youn speculates.

"Schools of health"

The CDC head suggests that doctors, nurses, veterinarians, pharmacists and dentists should all start education at one common school:

"If we are seriously thinking about building a health system, then we need to be training professionals in a collegial and collaborative manner."

P4P for drugs

So-called "risk-sharing" pricing schemes are being discussed to justify high drug prices:

Johnson & Johnson has proposed that Britain's national health service pay for the cancer drug Velcade, but only for people who benefit from the medicine, which can cost $48,000 a patient. The company would refund any money spent on patients whose tumors do not shrink sufficiently after a trial treatment.

The groundbreaking proposal, along with less ...

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