Is Malpractice Reform a License to Kill?

Malpractice Reforms That Enable Malpractice It appears that many malpractice-prone doctors flee to nearby states that enact laws that purport to “reform” medical malpractice by capping non-economic damages patients may receive. That, at least, is the conclusion of a recent malpractice report in the Journal of Law and Economics. This means doctors guilty of frequent […]

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Defensive Medicine Makes Us All Sitting Ducks

Defensive Medicine Quackery “Defensive medicine” is the term applied to medical tests and procedures ordered by many physicians in order to protect themselves in the event of a malpractice claim filed by or on behalf of their patients.   These tests and procedures are often not necessary and can lead to further testing and invasive […]

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Healthcare USA: Pricey, Preferential, and Provocative

Healthcare USA – Beyond the Politics This week’s report from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) that the rate of growth in US healthcare spending has tapered off compared to that of other high-spending countries (Germany, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Canada in this case). This is considered a good thing, even though […]

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This Health Insurance Trap Could Cost You Plenty

Health Insurance Alert: Out-of-Network Rip-Offs Much has been made in the health insurance debate surrounding Obamacare of the growing reliance by health insurers on “narrow networks” of doctors and hospitals willing to accept their discounted payments as a means of keeping healthcare costs under control. This trend preceded Obamacare, but has accelerated as insurers struggle […]

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Obama’s Feds’ Reefer Madness Marijuana Fixation

Feds’ Vestigial Marijuana Policy Still Mired in War on Drugs That’s Nixon with Elvis, not J. Edgar… It’s ironic that federal marijuana policy under admitted-former-pothead President Barack Obama reeks more of Tricky Dick Nixon and J. Edgar Hoover than Cheech and Chong. Last week brought the feds’ vestigial – as in no longer of use […]

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We Need MORE VHA Health

Whatever the VHA’s Flaws, Private Healthcare’s Worse  This post is a follow-up to my last post on the troubled Veterans Health Administration (VHA), which is under renewed scrutiny following revelations of patient treatment delays that were concealed to make some VHA services look better and generate bonuses for select administrators. This has created sufficient scandal […]

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VHA Flaws No Worse Than Private Healthcare

VHA Controversy Ignores Bigger Flaws With Private Healthcare Memorial Day seems a fitting time to weigh in on the Veteran’s Health Administration (VHA) scandal. The VHA is on the hot seat now for reported delays in scheduling patients that may have contributed to the deaths of dozens of veterans. The usual response prevails – heads […]

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