Tag Archives: National Health Care

Repealing the Affordable Care Act – Be Afraid

Gentle Readers – this was published this morning in the Daily Item, the paper for this area of Pennsylvania. I grant that it is not measured and without passion. But then, if you have read anything I have written, you … Continue reading

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The Tragedy of the Commons – Drug Shortages and Our Patients’ Health | The American Journal of Medicine Blog

Gentle Readers – A brief editorial written by colleagues and me related to the abuse of the Commons by unbridled capitalism. Yes, we live in a capitalist country, but without proper regulation “..the weak become the meat that the strong … Continue reading

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Mental Health and the Affordable Care Act – Not So Fast !

There was some welcome news on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) front reported on Friday (November 8, 2013, New York Times).  On the front page of the Newspaper of Record, a bold headline stating: “Rules to Require Equal Coverage for … Continue reading

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Handling Absolute Lies – What Does One Do ?

Gentle Reader: About a month ago, I received a request for help from a friend, S.  Her mother-in-law – F. – had been sent a series of assertions related to the Affordable Care Act; things that “were going to happen”.  … Continue reading

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From Time Magazine: The Long Goodbye

Gentle Reader: Mr. Klein has done us a service in writing this piece.  It could just as well be titled: The Way We Die. It is somehow ironic that Mr. Klein was interviewing Iowa’s Senator Grassley when he received the … Continue reading

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From The New Yorker: Restaurant chains have managed to combine quality control, cost control, and innovation. Can health care ?

Gentle Reader: Doctor Gawande’s piece from the New Yorker, below, details some interesting facts relted to the day-to-day operations of a restaurant called the Cheesecake Factory.  He asks if there are things we in medicine can learn from this chain … Continue reading

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From the New York Times: Please Don’t Bleed on Me While I Pick Your Pocket

Powered by Qumana Gentle Readers – There should be some sympathy for our hospitals, especially safety-net institutions, the ones that provide care to our poorest and sickest.  But this article, admirably written by Ms. Silver-Greenberg, points out the depths to … Continue reading

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From the New York Times – What Does Insurance Company Administrative Cost Look Like, and Do, to our CItizens ?

Gentle Readers  – Ms. Bernstein has documented – yet again, because we know and have known this – the consequences of a for-profit health system.  The roughly 30% that the private insurers consume as their administrative cost makes health care … Continue reading

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Of Women, Health, and Death

Years ago, sometime around 1995, I sat with a colleague who, over the years, had become a dear friend as well as a co-worker. A man who was raised a Catholic, joined the US Air Force, became a Air Commando … Continue reading

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A statement from Doctors for America

Gentle readers – the statement following, which I am privileged to sign, is from an organization that attempts to make our lives a bit better every day.  I am pleased to place this into my blog.  AJ Layon A Physician … Continue reading

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