Tag Archives: National Health Care

From Time Magazine: The Long Goodbye

Gentle Reader: Mr. Klein has done us a service in writing this piece.  It could just as well be titled: The Way We Die. It is somehow ironic that Mr. Klein was interviewing Iowa’s Senator Grassley when he received the … Continue reading

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From The New Yorker: Restaurant chains have managed to combine quality control, cost control, and innovation. Can health care ?

Gentle Reader: Doctor Gawande’s piece from the New Yorker, below, details some interesting facts relted to the day-to-day operations of a restaurant called the Cheesecake Factory.  He asks if there are things we in medicine can learn from this chain … Continue reading

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From the New York Times: Please Don’t Bleed on Me While I Pick Your Pocket

Powered by Qumana Gentle Readers – There should be some sympathy for our hospitals, especially safety-net institutions, the ones that provide care to our poorest and sickest.  But this article, admirably written by Ms. Silver-Greenberg, points out the depths to … Continue reading

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From the New York Times – What Does Insurance Company Administrative Cost Look Like, and Do, to our CItizens ?

Gentle Readers  – Ms. Bernstein has documented – yet again, because we know and have known this – the consequences of a for-profit health system.  The roughly 30% that the private insurers consume as their administrative cost makes health care … Continue reading

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Of Women, Health, and Death

Years ago, sometime around 1995, I sat with a colleague who, over the years, had become a dear friend as well as a co-worker. A man who was raised a Catholic, joined the US Air Force, became a Air Commando … Continue reading

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A statement from Doctors for America

Gentle readers – the statement following, which I am privileged to sign, is from an organization that attempts to make our lives a bit better every day.  I am pleased to place this into my blog.  AJ Layon A Physician … Continue reading

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Problems in Paradise – What Does, and What Might, Our Health System Look Like: Part Three

Introduction We have reviewed the data on the US health system as it exists – both the costs and outcomes – as well as the reasons why these costs and outcomes exist as they do. This section is meant to … Continue reading

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From the New York Times: G.O.P. Plans to Use Purse Strings to Fight Health Law

So, dear readers, we see the outlines of the strategies of the new House Majority to terminate health insurance reform. Is this what our people desired ? When it happens, is this what they will have wanted ? Please see Part … Continue reading

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Problems in Paradise – What Does, and What Might, Our Health System Look Like: Part Two

INTRODUCTION In the first part of this series, I briefly outlined the character – the face if you will – of our health system. In this second part, I will touch upon the pre-reform finance of this system and why it … Continue reading

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