Monthly Archives: May 2009

Paying for Health Care Reform… Is *Redistribution* of Debt (via taxes) a Viable Strategy ?

I have repeatedly reported here that the Congress is having trouble finding the savings necessary to pay for health care reform. The bill will likely cost at least $1.2 trillion over ten years and so far no one has put … Continue reading

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Slam the Doctors…. Lose the Doctors

For a number of years, physicians, as the most visible symbol of health care delivery, have been criticized, chastised, and blamed for everything — as the primary source of exploding health costs, practicing poor quality care, to being computer troglodytes … Continue reading

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Surgery May Not Be Necessary For Achilles Tendon Rupture

One hundred patients were randomly assigned to surgery with early mobilisation or to early mobilisation alone with the removable orthosis and without prior surgery. In every other respect, all the patients in the study had the same treatment. The thesis … Continue reading

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The Truth, the Whole Truth, And Nothing But the Truth

The Truth, the Whole Truth, And Nothing But the Truth The “Truth” Peter R. Orszag, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget: “… this week a stunning thing happened: Representatives from some of the most important parts … Continue reading

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New Taxes Loom to Pay for Health-Care Overhaul

health-policy experts say the government has little choice but to impose some type of tax on the benefits if it wants to finance the overhaul, which is expected to cost $1.2 trillion over 10 years. Mr. Obama already has set … Continue reading

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Doctors and Medical Students Embrace Smartphones – washingtonpost.com

Doctors are also using smartphones to look up drug-to-drug interactions, to view X-rays and MRI scans, and even to stream music from the Internet during surgery. via washingtonpost.com “…64 percent of doctors are now using smartphones, according to a recent … Continue reading

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The Dubious Promise of Digital Medicine – BusinessWeek

Neal Patterson likens the current scramble in health information technology to the 19th century land rush that opened his native Oklahoma to homesteaders. Cerner (CERN), the large medical vendor Patterson heads, is jockeying for new business spurred by a $19.6 … Continue reading

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