With entries dating back to 2004, here are 10 classic blog posts on health care reform:

1. Convincing doctors to accept a public health care plan option

2. Why health reform is going to be difficult, and the trouble with saying no to American patients

3. Should a public plan option be part of any health reform initiative?

4. The Obama health ...

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Paying physicians via capitation was soundly rejected by patients when it was tried in the HMO era a decade ago.

Massachusetts is trying again. According to a state commission, they recommend "replacing fee-for-service with a system that would use a single payment to cover most of a person's care for an entire year."

The last time this was tried, patients rebelled as it was perceived that there ...

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A few zealous single-payer advocates, Physicians for a National Health Program included, were arrested this past week for disrupting Senate hearings.

Pictured here is psychiatrist Dr. Carol Paris, who was among the doctors arrested.

I'm not going to rehash the single-payer debate in this post, but I wonder whether resorting to criminal activity is really the best way to push your agenda.

From this corner, ...

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There's no question that the possible inclusion of a public plan is one of the most contentious issues that will be debated as health reform moves forward.

As I wrote previously, I'm somewhat indifferent about the option, but, feel strongly that doctors need to maintain the ability to opt out of the plan, and stress that reimbursements need to be competitive with those of private insurers.

Well, ...

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Medicare is in the midst of deciding whether to cover virtual colonoscopies.

I wrote two prior pieces on their pending decision::

Should Medicare cover a virtual colonoscopy?

Medicare will not cover virtual colonoscopies, gastroenterologists breathe a sigh of relief

In February, after reviewing the evidence, a federal agency simply said, "The evidence is inadequate."

Predictably, the move created instant dissent, mainly from CT-scan ...

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Medicare is considering throwing more bureaucracy our way.

As MedPage Today reports, because Medicare was "concerned about a rising number of hospice patients who survive longer than six months," they are now requiring physicians to write a narrative to "describe the clinical evidence supporting a life expectancy of six months or less."

Even worse, this comes on top of a 1.1 percent cut in reimbursements to hospice ...

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I've always maintained that patients will make or break health reform plans.

And with no shortage of advocacy groups wanting a seat at the health reform table, the one that connects best with the public will have the most influence.

Doctors, despite being under continual criticism from progressive and health policy circles, still have the confidence of most patients.

According to a recent poll, despite acknowledging ...

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What's unique to the United States that's rare in the rest of the developed world?

According to respected economist Uwe Reinhardt, Americans want to have their cake and eat it too. This is why universal coverage is such a contentious issue.

Dr. Reinhardt explains the principle of social solidarity, which means that "health care should be financed by individuals on the basis of their ability to ...

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How do we control health spending?

Most strategies boil down to eventually restricting care, for instance, not paying for treatments that haven't been shown to work on a macroeconomic level. That may make sense when you're talking numbers and statistics, but there will be real lives at stake when reform takes hold.

Economist Arnold Kling understands what must be done, but imagines a scenario where his ...

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