As our new president has said, health care is complicated. Republicans call for Obamacare’s repeal, but are hard-pressed to come up with a workable alternative. Democrats recommend improving Obamacare, but are largely silent as to how they would do that. Americans are caught in the middle of this apparent health care quagmire. But for America to flourish as a nation, a solution must be found. To start, we must frame the ...

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This April, my turn to take the medical board exam rolled back around, necessary every ten years for maintenance of certification. I studied diligently for the better part of three months preceding the test (and I think I did well). It was actually pleasurable to go back over details that I had forgotten and to catch up on newer developments in the field. I realized that I don’t do nearly ...

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The Senate version of the Republican health care bill lays bare the priorities of America’s current political leadership. It is not pretty. The new bill demonstrates the Republicans’ entirely unbalanced view of government and fiscal policy, where monetary value trumps all other values, and where only the wealthy are worthy of a helping hand. These are the new values of the Republican leadership as evidenced by the new bill. We once ...

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Computers, more specifically, electronic health records (EHRs), will someday revolutionize the practice of medicine. In fact, successful computerization of medical care is the most critical step necessary to transform the American health care system from its current sorry state to the 21st-century system of our dreams. It is ironic, then, that today EHRs represent one of the worst problems plaguing medical professionals. At this point, many physicians would say that ...

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An excerpt from Distracted: How Regulations Are Destroying the Practice of Medicine and Preventing True Health-Care Reform. If you want to learn what is wrong with the American health care system, just follow ...

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Last fall I was witness to a miraculous event. I rarely take off from work, but did so on a Friday to go to Baltimore to lend moral support to my family doctor friend, Cathy Maslen. She and her workmates at Chase Brexton Health Care (a community health clinic in the Baltimore area with a focus on the gay and transgender community and the inner-city poor) were doing something that ...

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A physician friend commented recently that practicing doctors and nurses, the highly trained professionals who understand health care better than anyone else, are always too busy working to be involved in health care administration and reform. It is one of the most basic and profound problems affecting our health care system -- one of the reasons that health care in America does not get better. And it got me thinking. Once ...

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With the ruination of American teaching using “value-based” purchasing and payment concepts virtually complete, the U.S. government is now training its sights on medicine with similar intentions. With the new MACRA pay-for-performance program, CMS bureaucrats believe they can force health care providers to practice better “quality” care by collecting clinical performance, practice-related, and cost data, and basing payment increases and penalties on the results. There is one big problem associated with ...

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The American health care system is broken, but it is not really “health care” that is the problem.| The science of medicine, the tests, and the treatments available are better than ever. It is health care bureaucracy that is the problem. But doctors, nurses, and patients bear the brunt of the dysfunction. Medical professionals are unable to practice, and patients are denied the care they need, even though it is readily ...

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We’ve taken care of Jane and her son, Sam, for a long time (the names are fictitious, but the rest of the story is true, and the real patient approved this story, in case you were wondering). At first, the focus was Sam, with typical well and sick visits. He was one of the sweetest kids we knew. Sam also had a very significant learning disability. At one point I asked ...

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