Healthcare Reform
President’s Page: What is Our Mission
President’s Page: What is Our Mission
By: Melinda Woofter, M.D. We practice the art and science of medicine every day. We have witnessed an accelerated transformation of our profession away from individualized patient care toward politicized and collectivized “evidence-based medicine.” Without a doubt, this one-size-fits-all approach does not work and never can. Every patient is unique, with a unique set of circumstances. Our responsibilities to our patients include counseling them against ALL threats to their health. We recognize tobacco use, drug addiction, and excessive alcohol consumption as such threats, yet one danger towers above them all: our own dysfunctional “healthcare system.” Government intrusion into the exam... read more
Common Sense Medicine: Restoring the Patient/Physician Relationship
Common Sense Medicine: Restoring the Patient/Physician Relationship
Common Sense Medicine, hot off the press, is a powerful, easy-to-read, and entertaining exposé of the root problems plaguing American medicine and the simple solutions to increase access to high-quality, low-cost medical care! If you are on the AAPS mailing list you will be receiving a complimentary copy with your August edition of AAPS News. We are offering bulk discounts on this POWERFUL new book. Buy copies to give to patients, friends, and family! 1 to 24 copies: $3/book BEST DEAL: buy 25 or more for $1 each Order copies online TODAY at: http://aapsonline.org/bookdeal A Kindle version is available for... read more
Making American Medicine Great Again
Making American Medicine Great Again
by Jane M. Orient, M.D. The Republicans are at it again: trying to tweak a bad idea, make it “bipartisan,” and set a flawed system more firmly in concrete. What we really need is a Republican reform—one that can restore the Republic, along with medicine. Yes, ObamaCare needs to be repealed—every last syllable. But that’s not all. To make America and American medicine great again, we need to remember what made it great in the first place. It was, to quote Dinesh D’Souza’s great insight in his book Stealing America, the “anti-theft” society. That’s what attracted people like him from... read more
Death of the Great Laboratory of Clinical Medical Science - Private Practice
Death of the Great Laboratory of Clinical Medical Science - Private Practice
by Gerard J. Gianoli, M.D. http://EarAndBalance.net Free-market capitalism has brought unimaginable innovations to mankind in the last 200 years, more so than any other economic system in the history of the world: airplanes, telephones, personal computers, electric lightbulbs. Far less appreciated, even by those who are ardent advocates of free markets, are the innovations brought by private medical practices through the magic of free-market capitalism. Philippa Thomson, who lives in Scotland, describes her battle with an inner ear condition known as superior semicircular canal dehiscence (SSCD) in a new book titled "A Hole in my Life—Battling Chronic Dizziness. The picture... read more
Can Republicans Make ObamaCare Worse?
Can Republicans Make ObamaCare Worse?
This week's health policy news roundup curated by Jane M. Orient, M.D. If Republicans “replace” ObamaCare, they will own the resulting system. If Americans get worse or more expensive care, Republicans will surely be blamed. Cost increases are already baked in. If claims and thus premiums are underestimated one year, the company has to try to “correct” premiums the next. Geisinger has filed for a 40% increase in 2017. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/10/us/health-insurance-affordable-care-act.html The federal government is giving states $22 million in grants to “hold insurance companies accountable for unjustified hikes.” But rate reviews “may not be effective in 2017 because many insurance... read more
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