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Angioplasties and Stents are Overdone in Acute MIs

submitted by: admin on 11/24/2019
The Occluded Artery Trial published in the NEJM in 2006 concluded that opening a totally blocked artery during an acute MI has no benefit. Yet this information is being ignored because cardiologists are still doing revascularization procedures more than 24 hours after an acute MI. Part of the problem is that insurance companies continue to reimburse for these...

Can the Government Keep a Close Watch on Insurance?

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
During the early post-health care reform era, HHS claimed to be keeping a close watch on insurance companies to make sure they comply with their new regulations. There is great reason to doubt that this will be so easy in view of how insurance companies had such a powerful influence in protecting their interests.    

Comparison Shopping by Doctors Saves Hospital Costs

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
  Physicians are primarily concerned with providing the best laboratory tests and patient care possible, and cost is not a huge consideration. A study published in Internal Medicine in April of 2013 showed that if hospitals would post the cost of tests on lab requisitions that MDs would pay more attention to ordering fewer and less expensive tests. In...

Cutting Health Care Costs

submitted by: admin on 05/30/2024
America spends 2.3 trillion dollars on health care and yet 46 million working Americans still do not have health insurance. The insurance industry only cares about profits. We need to consider a national insurance option for competition.

Health Care Costs Cause 50% of Bankruptcies

submitted by: admin on 05/30/2024
Health care costs cause half of all bankruptcies in the US and 94% are threatened by them. Even major corporations cannot compete with foreign businesses because of the cost of health insurance. We need health care reform to control costs. This likely means a new paradigm based on wellness and prevention are necessary.

Health Care Reform or Not?

submitted by: admin on 05/30/2024
2009-10 was designated as the time when Americans would see Health Care reform. However, what we got was insurance reform, and not a whole lot of it. This was necessary but insufficient...we must shift from disease thinking to health thinking.

Health Care Reform: A Physician's Point of View

submitted by: admin on 05/30/2024
Dr. Lonnie Bristow and Dr. Len held a town hall meeting on health care reform with the two MDs from different perspectives. The issues discussed include the insurance industry, big pharma, hospitals, universal health care, and solutions we support. We need a health care reform that includes wellness and prevention as well as health care for all.

Healthcare Reform

submitted by: admin on 09/23/2013
What real health care reform is being discussed? The corruption between Congress and the health care industry is explored and the potential outcome of the proposed bill is discussed. The lack of transparency is discussed.        

How Healthcare Died and Became a Business

submitted by: admin on 09/24/2013
  What happened to Drs. Marcus Wellby, Ben Casey, and Kildare? How did physicians lose control of the practice of medicine? It began in the late 1980s when MDs refused to deal with the cost of delivering health care. They took the perspective that they would help their patients, but wanted nothing to do with regulating healthcare services. They gave...

Insurance Company Thinking

submitted by: admin on 10/09/2013
Insurance companies depend on our being sick to make a profit. Physicians released the purse strings of medicine to the insurance industry. Now they control the practice of medicine. MDs need to take back this financial authority..

It's Time For Health Care Efficiency

submitted by: admin on 10/09/2013
The government has taken the position that health care reform will lead to cost savings by being more proficient. However, we're adding 30 million more people to the system and are still trying to save costs...where's the logic? The problem is that the economy cannot stand to reduce health care costs because it is an economic stimulus in itself.

More Harm Than Good in Women Over 70 From Mammograms

submitted by: admin on 04/01/2014
In a paper presented at the European Breast Cancer Conference on March 21, 2014, studies out of the Netherlands concluded that doing mammograms in women from age 70-75 as a screening test did not reduce the incidence of advanced stage breast cancer or save lives. They did report that doing mammograms in this age group led to unnecessary overdiagnosis and overtreatment...

Paying MDs for Performance: Is it a Good Idea?

submitted by: admin on 05/30/2024
Rewarding MDs for following the policies of an insurance company that employs them is dangerous. One size fits all is not a good model to treat each unique person’s special health care issues.

Psychiatrists Embrace Pill Power

submitted by: admin on 10/14/2013
Big Pharma's control over psychiatry is a major step backwards. Even reimbursement for services is skewed to higher payment for drug vs cognitive treatment. It is time to treat patients, not primarily their symptoms.        

Sicko!, Micheal Moore's Landmark Film

submitted by: admin on 05/30/2024
Michael Moore's movie "Sicko!" is a landmark film that reveals the conflicts of interest between Big Pharma, the insurance industry, and congress. The political corruption of many prominent Congress people is revealed. The uncaring and ruthless business nature of the US health care system is opened wide.

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