Analysis Correct, But Proposed Solution Doesn’t Add Up

A group calling itself Physicians for National Health Program (PNHP) has issued a press release revealing the failure of Hillarycare as it was resurrected in Massachusetts by former Governor Mitt Romney (who somehow has now seen the light of his transgressions from Republican orthodoxy). Costs are up, services are hard to get, the state is […]

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AHRQ: The (Scary) Little Agency That Thinks It Can

Can do the impossible, that is, which to prescribe which medicines and medical procedures are both most efficacious and most cost-effective. So far, I can find little proof of AHRQ’s accomplishing anything near this goal on the site of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. AHRQ is in the news since it just got […]

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Egads, Our Medical Records Are an Open Book!

Well, not quite. They can’t legally be published online or in a print publication, but they can be shared with too many groups without our consent. Most people have never heard of HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, but that law is the source of what privacy rights we have and […]

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COBRA Is Aptly Named; It Bites Its Victims

The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985, now known as COBRA, contains a clause allowing employees to keep their company’s health insurance for up to 18 months after they leave their jobs, provided they pay the premiums. With people being laid off right and left and the ranks of the unemployed rapidly swelling, many […]

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Old Approach to Health Care Reform

Recently, I wrote about a fresh, holistic approach to health care that could well serve as the basis for a real reform effort. However, more likely what will happen is the Feds will copy the Massachusetts model for health care reform–and get it all wrong. The problem with all announced reform plans is that the […]

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New Approach to Health Care Reform

One of the Google Alerts to which I subscribe is “health care reform,” which seems to offer the liveliest discussion of late of any topic I subscribe to. For obvious reasons, of course, what with our incoming president putting health care on the top burner (right below economic stimulus, I would imagine). Everyone in what […]

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