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Some Doctors Vaccinate at a Loss

Some doctors are considering dropping vaccinations because some are vaccinating at a loss from insurance reimbursement. About one in 10 doctors who vaccinate privately insured children are considering dropping that service largely because they are losing money when they do it, according to a new survey. A second survey revealed startling differences between what doctors…

Whenever you are having a debate — particularly a policy debate — it is always important to check your premises. That is why I found this article in the Journal of the American Medical Association refreshing. Emergency Department utilization is clearly on the rise in the US, and this rise in use is leading to…

Comparing the Candidates on Health Care

The New England Journal of Medicine compares the candidates visions for health care reform. (Hat-tip: PalMD)

3% of Doctors Aren’t Frustrated

Well that is not good: In a survey last year of nearly 2,400 physicians conducted by a physician recruiting firm, locumtenens.com, 3 percent said they were not frustrated by nonclinical aspects of medicine. The level of frustration has increased with nearly every survey. … In surveys, increasing numbers of doctors attest to diminishing enthusiasm for…

Is Healthcare a Right?

You be the judge. Over at Justice Talking, Russell Roberts from Cafe Hayek debates Dr. Quentin Young of Physicians for a National Health Program. The mp3 is here. Hat-tip: Cafe Hayek

Unbelievable. Unbelievable is simply the only word that can describe this article in the Lancet. Citing problems with retention of doctors in under-treated populations in Africa, Mills et al. argue that direct recruitment of doctors by groups in the West should be criminalized and the individuals perpetrating it prosecuted in the International Criminal Court.

Much is made by politicians about the benefits of preventive medicine. Politicians often treat preventive medicine like it can perform fiscal magic, causing health care expenditure to evaporate. The reality is that some preventive medicine is cost-effective and some of it is not. How effective pushing preventive medicine will be at reducing costs depends very…

America’s ER Crisis

Although typically Americans have greater and more rapid access to surgical procedures than people in other countries, we do not possess a uniform superiority in the speed of health care access. One excellent example of this is visiting the Emergency Room. ER wait times have been increasing steadily over the last decade as indicated by…

Universal Coverage and Innovation

(I am going to try not to go on a big rant here; we’ll see how well that goes.) Jonathan Cohn wrote an article in The New Republic looking at one of the critiques of universal health care: that it might stifle innovation. He presents his case as a balanced one where the relative trade…

Last week, the Washington Post took Rudy Giuliani to task for an ad where he claims that his chances of surviving prostate cancer — which he had about 6 years ago — were much higher in the US than in the UK. The ad is meant to indict those who wish to modify the health…