Op-eds
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 Yes, ObamaCare needs to be repealed—every last syllable.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
How Government Laws for Medical Care Hinder Response to Shootings in Orlando
How Government Laws for Medical Care Hinder Response to Shootings in Orlando
By Tamzin Rosenwasser, M.D. Buddy Dyer, a government worker in Orlando, stated, at approximately 12:30 PM on Sunday, June 12, 2016, soon after the mass shootings in Orlando, that the most important thing right now is to waive the HIPAA laws so the physicians taking care of 53 injured patients can communicate with their distraught family members. HIPAA, which stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, is only one of dozens of shackles, obstacles, and barriers, that Federal government workers have imposed on patients and their physicians. You can thank Federal government workers Ted Kennedy and Nancy Kassebaum... read more
Medical Errors, Hysteria, and Death
Medical Errors, Hysteria, and Death
By Gerard J. Gianoli, M.D. - http://earandbalance.net Medical errors are taken very seriously by the medical profession. It starts early in training at M&M (Morbidity & Mortality) Conference. During M&M, each complication and death is presented before the entire department of students, physicians in training, and professors. The cases are scrutinized and criticized to see what could have been done better. No one likes to see complications or deaths—especially not physicians. So how can medical errors have become the “third leading cause of death”—as trumpeted in a recent editorial in the BMJ (formerly known as the British Medical Journal)? Where... read more
The Maze Of Medical Pricing – How Much Does It Cost and What Are We Paying For?
The Maze Of Medical Pricing – How Much Does It Cost and What Are We Paying For?
By Gerard Gianoli, M.D. - http://earandbalance.net In a previous editorial, I commended candidate Trump’s proposal of price transparency for hospitals and doctors. It is astounding that this has not been an element of the GOP formula for healthcare reform until now and that an outsider had to bring it up. It is so obviously part of a free market that only in an overly regulated healthcare market could it be overlooked. However, there is another element of price transparency that the Trump campaign (along with the rest of the GOP hopefuls) missed. What about insurance industry price transparency? Insurance premiums... read more
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