Op-eds
Third-Party Payment Key to Medical Cost Increases, Economists Write
Third-Party Payment Key to Medical Cost Increases, Economists Write
The rapid increase in medical costs starting in the 1970s is commonly ascribed be market imperfections. However, federal and state governments have long suppressed the functioning of the market system in the medical industry, write Maureen Buff and Timothy Terrell, Ph.D. in the fall issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons. “Third-party payment, with its moral hazard, has increased demand and thereby driven up prices,” they write, pointing out that prices have increased much less for items with low levels of third-party payment. “Government payers have an even worse cost-containment record than privately provided medical care.” Since 1970,... read more
ObamaCare Equals Fraud and Incompetence, Doctor Writes
ObamaCare Equals Fraud and Incompetence, Doctor Writes
According to an investigation by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the enrollment system for the Affordable Care Act (ACA or “ObamaCare”), gets a score of 92 percent for incompetence, writes New York neurologist Lawrence R. Huntoon, M.D., Ph.D., in the fall issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons. The GAO found that 92 percent (11/12) of fictitious enrollees were approved and given subsidized coverage. “If one wanted to design a system that would be vulnerable to fraud, waste and abuse, this is it,” Huntoon writes. The GAO investigation was requested by Rep. Charles Boustany, Jr., M.D., (R-La.), Chairman... read more
Ebola: False alarm, or poor man’s atomic bomb?
Ebola: False alarm, or poor man’s atomic bomb?
By Jane M. Orient, M.D. Ebola is familiar to Americans as the stuff of science-fiction horror novels, and it is an ongoing real-life horror story in Africa. Viral hemorrhagic fevers, of which Ebola is one example, have killed fewer than 3,000 people over 40 years. So why the high level of concern now? Is a worldwide breakout from the African epidemic a realistic possibility? Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, said on Aug. 1 that an Ebola outbreak in the U.S. is “not in the cards,” though he stated on Aug.... read more
Is There A Provider In The House?
Is There A Provider In The House?
By Marilyn M. Singleton, M.D., J.D., Physicians have a proud heritage. We can boast Dr. Benjamin Rush, a founding father, signer of the Declaration of Independence, Surgeon General of the Continental Army, and opponent of slavery. And Dr. James Derham, born a slave in 1762, who grew a successful practice that included freeman and slaves. We have modern-day sources of pride in Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan, a world expert in the care of viral hemorrhagic fevers, Dr. Abrahim Borbor, and Dr. Sahr Rogers. All three died while fighting to save the lives of patients with Ebola Virus Disease. Groups of... read more
Obamacare, Goebbels and Ginsburg
Keith Smith, MD
Obamacare, Goebbels and Ginsburg
By Keith Smith, MD - http://SurgeryCenterOK.com A friend recently opined to me about his increasing frustration with those who are unable to distinguish between politics and religion, particularly those for whom politics is their religion. This describes statists of all stripes, I think. Folks either want to use the power of the state to abscond with the property of others in order to better complete “the Lord’s work,” or they justify the state’s trampling of individual rights in the name of “the greater good.” The fascist, Joseph Goebbels had the following to say: “My party is my church and I... read more
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