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Fighting Cancer With Ethical Bribes

Cut Cancer With Cash   If you’ve read a single post here – much less the entirety of Our Healthcare Sucks – you no doubt recognize the central and predictive role that money plays in American healthcare. Patients, employers, and the government all pay dearly for insurance coverage. Insurers, patients, and the government all pay […]

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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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Healthcare Delusions and Deceptions – Exploiting the Search for Immortality

Are YOU Getting Too Much Healthcare? An essay in the BMJ (formerly British Medical Journal) echoes much of what I report in Our Healthcare Sucks,albeit with far more eloquence and erudition. Entitled “Overdiagnosis: when good intentions meet vested interests”, the author, Dr. Iona Heath – a retired general practitioner – summarizes the ethical, political, and human […]

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Are Medical Advances Always Wise?

Our Healthcare Needs More Zen, Less Spend This week’s New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) has a couple of reports that got me to thinking about how much our healthcare system runs on the fuel of fear – not unlike how much of the Old Testament of the Bible used fear to keep the masses in […]

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Can You Say No to Your Doctor?

“Thanks, Doc, But No Thanks” I’ve recently had opportunity to decline medications recommended to me by two different doctors. Doing so once didn’t set off any triggers, but after the second time it occurred to me that maybe I ought to write something about it. How often do we get to practice what we preach, […]

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Why Less Healthcare May Be Better

When Too Much Healthcare Harms The choice every patient faces with our healthcare system, whether they realize it or not, is which treatment alternative offers them the best balance of risk and benefit. Most of us, however, see only the benefit and seldom seriously consider – or are even made aware of – the risks. […]

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Healthcare Fraud – It’s Everywhere

Healthcare Fraud In Your Backyard Most Americans are unaware of the extent to which healthcare “fraud and abuse” permeates much of medical practice. This is particularly true in regions of the country with weak state regulation of physician ownership or investment in medical facilities to which they refer patients. According to the Federal Bureau of […]

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Doctor-Centered Healthcare

Healthcare’s Archaic Delivery Model  Much of the failure of our healthcare system lies in the office-based “medical model” itself – doctor-centered, transaction-driven, intervention-oriented, and largely unaccountable.[1] The shortcomings of this archaic model have become more evident with its failure to stem the growth in chronic diseases like diabetes and obesity. Even reductions in heart disease […]

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Is Your Healthcare a Rip-Off?

Your Healthcare and State Politics One thing our experience with Obamacare to date has driven home is how differently each state in America deals with its healthcare system. It doesn’t begin or end with whether or not they set up their own health insurance exchanges or refuse to expand their Medicaid coverage as Obamacare anticipated. […]

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