by Emily P. Walker, Washington Correspondent, MedPage Today A solid majority of physicians favor creating a new public insurance option that would operate alongside existing private plans, according to a survey published online in the New England Journal of Medicine. medpage-today About 63% of doctors, across a smattering of specialties and in various geographic regions, support a public insurance option. That ...

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by Peggy Peck, Executive Editor, MedPage Today In an important step toward moving healthcare reform legislation through Congress, Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) introduced his much-awaited bill today after months of working to gain bipartisan support. medpage-today The chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee released a summary of legislation that would not create a public insurance option and would cost $856 ...

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That's a sensitive topic that progressive reformers often bring up as one way to control health spending. Over at Slate, Christopher Beam takes a balanced look at the issue. He acknowledges that, yes, American physicians get paid proportionally more than the average employee when compared to other countries. But that should always come with the caveat that other countries, like Great Britain and France, heavily subsidize medical education, while the average ...

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by Gary R. Gibson, MD, FACP We can deliver better health care to every U.S. citizen at less than one-half of 2.1 trillion dollars per year with constructive reform, a system wherein people receiving and providing care would feel greater satisfaction and dignity. Through courage and perseverance, we must identify and minimize waste, eliminate corruption and modernize our system. In a competitive world economy, we must reform health care ...

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by Mark Coyne The core of the health care debate revolves around the perceived spiraling cost of health care in America. There are many quotes in the media, and from politicians, that health care costs are increasing by more than 10 percent a year, and consistently increasing by more than wage growth – which is unsustainable in the long term. The basic point being made is correct, the overall ...

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by Kumud B. Jindal, MD, MPH Many patients and self-appointed health care experts view medical services as commodities, and openly express frustration with seemingly opaque pricing for a visit to the doctor’s office. “Doctors should publish their fees so we know what we’re paying!” The idea that this matters significantly with regard to health care costs is a terrible myth, one that deserves much closer scrutiny. The health insurance industry and ...

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It looks like The Huffington Post's honorary Medical Editor, Dr. Dean Ornish, walked into the same trap that Whole Foods CEO John Mackey did. Mackey got a lot of flack when he wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on health care reform, one in which he emphasized the need for personal responsibility for our health. Ornish, in an effort to inject himself into the current debate, blogged, Don't Tread ...

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How about a little of both? I don't see, for instance, why we can't have universal coverage and malpractice reform. In a similar vein, MIT's Jonathan Gruber writes a great op-ed in the Boston Globe recently, about controlling health spending. One one side, progressives generally want to reform the supply side spending of medical care, which means pressuring the payments made to doctors and hospitals. On the other, conservatives ...

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An article that appeared in the Los Angeles Times in late August looked at the idea that one of the keys to providing better medical care at lower costs may be house calls. Should we bring house calls back? There is some compelling data — like an in-home doctors’-visit program for Medicare patients at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center that cut the length of hospital stays and saved the hospital millions ...

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Here are the top posts from the past month, based on the number of times they were viewed. 1. Robert Ricketson and the surgical screwdriver medical malpractice case: The medical records revisited 2. Medical students want to become primary care doctors, until reality hits 3. AMA: A look at the facts on health reform 4. Michael Jackson dead from propofol, is Dr. Conrad Murray solely to blame? 5. The consequences ...

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