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How the NHS, the Internet, and a local newspaper reunited my family

I would like to tell you all a story. It is very sad in parts but if you stick with it to the end I think it will be worth it. I want to tell you this story because if it were not for you, yes you reader, this story would be much sadder. Over … Continue reading

The Senate’s health care bill brings back skinny plans. This should worry you. Here’s why.

The Senate’s version of the health care bill is best summed up as a return of skinny plans. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) required certain essential services be covered, but before the ACA plans could basically pick and choose what they covered. Often this was very obvious as in we-don’t-cover-prescription-drugs, but sometimes what wasn’t covered … Continue reading

When evidence says no, but doctors, patients, and the system say yes

There is an interesting article from ProPublica called When evidence says no, but doctors say yes making the rounds about the number of doctors who disbelieve, or don’t know, or don’t care about the medical evidence to the detriment of patients. I do not find any fault with the article. I rail against this daily. I have … Continue reading

Dear Tom Price, I have some questions about my new pre-existing condition

Dear Secretary Price, This week I acquired a new pre-existing condition. In a sane world I should just be able to say I have pneumonia, but America is teetering on insanity when it comes to health care and I, like many, am worried about affordable access to health care and it is now your job … Continue reading

I’m a doctor and I chose my job based on health insurance

Under the cloak of night, when dirty deeds are often done, the Senate started the small cancer that if left unchecked will grow and metastasize and kill Obamacare. One by one these brave lawmakers, oblivious to what might happen to others without the sterling health insurance that their jobs provide, gutted Obamacare. They even voted … Continue reading

Ben Carson rails against mandates to ease disparities, supports them in a neurosurgery journal

Dr. Ben Carson has been tapped by the President Elect to be the Secretary of Housing Development (HUD). HUD, nicely summarized in the New York Times, “devotes itself to ensuring that families of low-income and modest means have access to safe homes and neighborhoods.” HUD helps people with less money get homes and is tasked … Continue reading

Donald Trump unveils plan to make abortion illegal again

Donald Trump released a letter dated September 2016 via the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) detailing his first actions against reproductive rights (see below for the full letter). His first four goals are: Nominating pro-life justices to the Supreme Court. This may not end abortion in 2017, but this is a defacto invitation for … Continue reading

An American doctor experiences the NHS. Again.

Two years ago I wrote about my experience in a London emergency department with my son, Victor. That post has since been viewed > 450,000 times. There are over 800 comments with no trolls (a feat unto itself) and almost all of them express love for the NHS. I was in England again this week. … Continue reading

Voting Libertarian? I hope you or your kids never get sick

My thirteen-year old boys had an appointment this week. When we were done the provider who normally chats with me in that provider-to-provider way abruptly changed the conversation to tell me he finally deciding who was getting his vote. I was expecting this to be the lead in to some new Donald Trump joke. However, he … Continue reading

Bernie Sanders surrogate Dr. Song sells “false hope” to cancer patients for $150 a test

Bernie Sanders surrogate, Dr. Paul Song, said this at a rally in New York: “Now Secretary Clinton has said that Medicare for all will never happen. Well, I agree with Secretary Clinton that Medicare for all will never happen if we have a president who never aspires for something greater than the status quo. Medicare … Continue reading