Tag Archives: Medicare

The Problem With Medicare Isn’t Medicare

Medicare, The AMA & Paul Ryan…Oh My! Medicare has always been a political football – and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) kept it alive as such yesterday. His latest budget proposal includes (surprise!) unravelling Obamacare and instituting the Medicare vouchers that voters rejected in last fall’s presidential election. This is designed to perpetuate the political controversy […]

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Healthcare Investment – Lipstick On a Pig

Healthcare Bloat, Inefficiency & Sheer Corruption There are many healthcare examples of how things go awry when government regulatory functions are co-opted by those they’re intended to regulate. The FDA, of course, jumps immediately to mind. The Medicare pay scale for doctors – called the Relative Value Unit, or RVU,  Scale – in which specialist […]

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Medical Mishigas

 Digital Health, Medical Research and Physician Incompetence A recent issue of The Boston Globe included an interesting juxtaposition of three medical-related articles that combined to paint an unintended picture of what plagues our deeply dysfunctional healthcare system. In no particular order, these addressed… A digital health revolution that hopes to create operational efficiencies in a […]

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Hospital Scams About To Explode

Hospital Facility Fees Facilitate Rip-Offs You may not think you use hospitals very much, but you’re about to pay more for them whether you ever set foot inside one or not. While the nation remains focused on preparatory measures for Obamacare’s implementation next year (see Trisha Torrey’s excellent summation of related issues here), America’s hospitals […]

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America’s Medicare Spending Spree

This post about Medicare and the medical greed behind its unsustainable costs – the most retweeted of the MedSmarts blog – was first published on August 1, 2012 but was deleted when the site was hacked in late August. While the election negates the concern about voucherizing Medicare from the Oval Office, the AMA’s recent […]

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Medical Malpractice – What Obamacare Misses

Capping Damages Isn’t Reform Medical malpractice in America remains a thorny and contentious issue, made no less so by its virtual exclusion from the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) governing healthcare reform in America. Which is why I was glad to see the former head of President Obama’s Office of Management and Budget, Peter […]

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