Here are some of the more interesting comments readers have left recently. 1. Rogue Medic on how Oprah should be handling medical issues: If she is going to give medical advice, and she is giving medical advice, and she is going to focus on giving advice contrary to the guidelines of reputable medical organizations, maybe some of her viewers need to start suing her for the bad medical advice. I am guessing ...

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Here are the top posts from the past month, based on the number of times they were viewed. 1. How did Michael Jackson die, and the medicine behind sudden cardiac death 2. Did Demerol cause Michael Jackson’s cardiac arrest and death? 3. A surgeon dumps post-op patients to hospitalists 4. The worst medical malpractice cases you can possibly imagine 5. My reaction to President Obama’s speech to the AMA 6.
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A version of this op-ed was published on June 18th, 2009 in The New York Times' Room for Debate blog. In his recent address to the American Medical Association, President Obama noted that our health care system "rewards the quantity of care rather than the quality of care." This perverse incentive leads to unnecessary and potentially harmful medicine, while also being a major contributor to spiraling health care costs. Doctors ...

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Contrary to what you may have been led to believe, the United States has already tried its hand at a pseudo-single-payer system. The VA is one example. Another, albeit less highly publicized, is the Indian Health Service. (via WhiteCoat) Based on an agreement in 1787, the government is responsible to provide free health care to Native Indians on reservations. And, as you can see from this scathing story ...

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The repercussions after Obama's speech to the AMA's delegates continue to be felt. Not least of which are the murmurings of the other professional physician groups, who say that the AMA does not represent a majority of physicians. In this piece from pediatrician Rahul Parikh, he notes that about 30 percent of physicians are AMA members. Remaining doctors belong to groups with more liberal political leanings, including the American ...

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I wrote back in February that one of the biggest threats to health reform was not from conservatives and the right, but from within President Obama's own party. Today, some four months later, the Washington Post reports that that's pretty much what's happening. In its report, the Post writes:

In the high-stakes battle over health care, a growing cadre of liberal activists is aiming its sharpest firepower against Democratic senators ...

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The following is part of a series of original guest columns by the American College of Physicians. by Steven Weinberger, MD, FACP In his column in the June 1 issue of The New Yorker, Dr. Atul Gawande used the example of McAllen, Texas, to illustrate the widely disparate spending on health care around the country. This oft cited article captured the attention of President Obama, who reportedly has made it required ...

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Family physician Doug Farrago, of Placebo Journal fame, gives his take on President Obama's speech to the AMA. width="425" height="344">

Health policy experts have never been shy about their antagonism towards doctors. The focus now appears to be on physician pay, with the Washington Post's Steven Pearlstein, for one, continuing his anti-physician columns. Derek Thompson, over at The Atlantic (via @AllergyNotes), continues the assault, with a recent blog entry wondering if doctors deserve to be paid less. I touched upon this topic last year, in a USA Today op-ed, ...

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The following is part of a series of original guest columns by the American Medical Association. by J. James Rohack, M.D. We have a historic opportunity for health reform this year and the AMA was delighted to welcome President Obama to our Annual Meeting in Chicago earlier this week. Like the President, we are committed to health-care reform that will provide all Americans with affordable, high-quality health coverage. I was personally honored ...

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