Op-eds
If You Want to Keep Your Doctor, Change the Senate
If You Want to Keep Your Doctor, Change the Senate
by Jane M. Orient, M.D. My favorite bumper sticker for this campaign season is “Keep your doctor, change your senator.” Monica Wehby, M.D., pediatric neurosurgeon, is trying to unseat a one-term Democrat in Oregon. Dr. Wehby has been very active in the American Medical Association, trying to change its pro-ObamaCare stance. She is one of five women physicians running for Congress. Alieta Eck, M.D., an internist, is running for the House of Representatives in New Jersey. She is a past president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. Nan Hayworth, M.D., an ophthalmologist, is running for the House in... read more
If You Want to Live, Ignore the CDC
If You Want to Live, Ignore the CDC
By Richard Amerling, M.D. I almost feel sorry for Tom Frieden, director of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). So many of his pronouncements have been eviscerated by events within hours or days. He has become a punchline and should resign for the good of the country. Unfortunately, the Ebola crisis is no joke. Two Dallas nurses (who are special people in my book) have now become infected after taking care of an Ebola-infected patient who illegally flew to the U.S. when he knew he had been heavily exposed to the deadly virus. To maintain, as does Dr.... read more
U.S. Prepared for Ebola—10 Patients at a Time
U.S. Prepared for Ebola—10 Patients at a Time
Have you wondered why Ebola patients are being sent to Omaha, Nebraska? It’s because one physician, Dr. Philip Smith, had the foresight to set up the Nebraska Biocontainment Patient Care Unit after the 9/11 attacks as a bulwark against bioterrorism. Empty for more than a decade, used only for drills, it was called “Maurer’s Folly,” for Harold Maurer, former chancellor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center. The unit has a special air handling system to keep germs from escaping from patient rooms, and a steam sterilizer for scrubs and equipment. It could handle at most 10 patients at a... read more
Why Accountable Care Organizations Are Failing
Why Accountable Care Organizations Are Failing
By Richard Amerling, M.D. Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), a key piece of the Affordable Care Act (“ObamaCare”) “reform” plan, are failing because they must fail. ACOs are based on faulty assumptions, poor economics, and junk science. They would not exist in a truly free market, and are best viewed as a product of government central planners and crony capitalism. I first characterized ACOs about a year ago as little more than HMOs with lipstick in response to a report on the poor performance of the 32 pioneer ACOs. Now comes news that three more of the original groups will jump... read more
Will U.S. Keep Ebola in Check Here at Home?
Will U.S. Keep Ebola in Check Here at Home?
By: Jane M. Orient, M.D. Some 3,000 American soldiers are arriving in Africa to fight an Ebola epidemic that is doubling about every 3 weeks, with the number of infections projected to reach 1.4 million by January. President Obama said: “It will require an ‘air bridge’ to get health workers and medical supplies to areas that are affected.” Meanwhile, the virus has used the air bridge of a commercial flight to reach Dallas. So far, only the index patient is ill, but 100 contacts are being observed. Although a large number of experts agree that the likelihood of a widespread... read more
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