Differing malpractice views

Medscape with a nice article on the divergent malpractice views by the candidates:

Skyrocketing malpractice premiums have forced physicians to perform additional tests and procedures they might not need to, driving up federal costs by $28 billion a year, Bush told audiences attending debates in Tempe, Arizona, on Oct. 13 and in St. Louis, Missouri, on Oct. 8. Enacting tort reform with a $250,000 limit on payment for noneconomic damages ...

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Grand rounds #3

It is my pleasure to host the third edition of Grand Rounds, a weekly best of the medical weblogs. The blog format provides a unique and powerful opportunity to bring medicine, "behind-the-scenes", to light.

This edition features a diverse collection of voices - ranging from physician commentary on breaking medical news to personal stories from nurses, EMTs, and medical house staff. I invite you to browse and read the ...

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The grass is always greener . . .

It seems like Americans and Canadians want each other's health care system. Improved access for Canadians. Universal coverage for Americans. Medpundit weighs in earlier this week. Dr. Centor gets to the root of the problem:

Health care costs are increasing everywhere because we can do so much more than we could 10 years ago. Our diagnostic tests have improved - but at increased cost. ...

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Rising health premiums

Attention again is focused today on rising health premiums. Some quotes from the article:

Health care costs continued to surge this year as family premiums in employer-sponsored plans jumped 11.2 percent, the fourth year of double-digit growth, according to a new study.

The cumulative effect of rising health care costs is taking a toll on workers: There are at least 5 million fewer jobs providing health insurance in 2004 ...

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I’m not sure he meant this

I'm happy that our president is bringing medical liability reform to the forefront, but oh I wish he were more articulate. Via Gross Anatomy, comes this story:

At a rally of cheering supporters in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, Bush made his usual pitch for limiting "frivolous lawsuits" that he said drive up the cost of health care and run doctors out of business.
But then he added, "We've got an ...

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Morning news rounds

I have an extra half-hour this morning before I see patients, so here are some interesting stories to start your day.

Despite tort reform, some physicians are leaving high-risk practice.

An article on people who steal physician identities.

I do some work at the VA, so I see first-hand many of the primary care physician shortages (6+ month wait in some cases). With a ...

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Banging on the drum

The National Coalition on Health Care called Tuesday for a rapid, sweeping reorganization of American health care. Without drastic changes, here are the resulting consequences:

Premiums for family coverage will exceed $14,500 in 2006, more than twice the cost of similar insurance in 2001.

Two million people a year will be priced out of the insurance market, with the number of uninsured growing to more than 51 ...

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Just another reason . . .

. . . why we need universal health coverage. Sounds like beating a dead horse. This Boston Globe story just details how increasing numbers of hard-working families simple cannot afford insurance.

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