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The VA tragedy exposes the dark side of medical metrics

The Veteran’s Administration is under fire for covering up deaths. Men and women who were eligible for care languished on impossibly long waiting lists and even worse when some died waiting for care their deaths were covered up. This is horrific and everyone wants to know how this tragedy could have happened? Veteran’s hospitals have … Continue reading

Does texting for wait times compromise emergency care?

On our recent road trip I was amazed by the number of billboards (from several health care systems and hospitals) advertising texting for emergency room (ER) wait times. My first thought was if you can text, how emergent is it? This was quickly followed by the concern that the option/advertising of texting about wait times might make the … Continue reading

Raise cigarette taxes $2 a pack to pay for new lung cancer screening guidelines

The U.S. Preventative Services Task force has issued a new recommendation: annual CT scan screening for lung cancer for high-risk smokers between the ages of 55 and 80. Who is a high risk smoker? Anyone with a 30-pack year smoking history (meaning a pack a day for 30 years or 2 packs a day for 15 … Continue reading

10 changes to health care that could happen if Supreme Court retracts contraception mandate

The Supreme Court has taken up the contraception mandate. Despite the fact that the World Health Organization calls contraception a human right and the fact that every dollar spent here on contraception saves $4, in the United States freedom of religion means to some, “If you work for me and get insurance through my company … Continue reading

Insurance companies should stop paying for robotic hysterectomies

A new study confirms what previous studies tell us. That a robotic hysterectomy is not a safer or a more efficient way to remove a uterus for non-cancerous (benign) surgery than a traditional laparoscopic approach. This study (Rosero et al, Obstet Gynecol 2013) indicates that there is little difference between the two types of surgery … Continue reading

The “crack cocaine” of Canadian universal health care

Michele Bachmann, once again displaying her deep caring for the American people and her intricate understanding of the nuances of health care, voiced her last-minute opposition to Obamacare by stating the President is eager to “Get Americans addicted to the crack cocaine of dependency on government health care.” However inelegant her phrasing, I suspect she … Continue reading

To cut isn’t always to cure: knee surgery, health care, and our love affair with the scalpel

An article, just published in the NEJM, caught my attention not only for the study results, but because of what is says in a between-the-lines kind of way about the American health care system. The study looks at arthroscopic surgery for a torn meniscus in people over the age of 45 who also have arthritis … Continue reading

Romney affirms commitment to fetus, but not heart attack victims

The Columbus Dispatch is reporting an interview with Mitt Romney where he once again voiced his belief that a lack of health insurance is just no big deal: “We don’t have a setting across this country where if you don’t have insurance, we just say to you, ‘Tough luck, you’re going to die when you … Continue reading

The Affordable Care Act facilitates State-level abortion restrictions

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) legislation regarding abortion does not take effect until 2014. Under the ACA, insurers who participate in health insurance exchanges will be free to offer plans with abortion services or not. Individual plans can also choose their degree of abortion coverage (life of mother/rape/incest, have broader coverage for genetic anomalies, or … Continue reading

When your oxygen benefits run out

My boys were 8 months old when their oxygen benefits ran out. It’s a bit dystopian in that Total Recall kind of way (the first film where they turn the oxygen off, not the second one). I mean run out of oxygen benefits? What kind of demon dreams this shit up? It’s one thing to … Continue reading

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