Medicine is at a “critical inflection point,” write Victor Dzau and J. Michael McGinnis of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) and Mark McClellan of Duke University (JAMA 8/16/16). The NAM is launching a massive initiative on “Vital Directions for Health Care” at a Sep 26 meeting in Washington, D.C., (http://tinyurl.com/z4shr2b), bringing together more than 100 “trusted health and health care leaders” to “ensure nonpartisan, evidence-based analysis” in the context of the upcoming change in administration.
The latest fad, a “free” smartphone app called Pokémon GO, has reportedly exceeded even Twitter and pornography in popularity. One hospital has banned it for employees because they were glued to their screens instead of interacting with patients.
According to the dictionary or common usage, to discriminate means to make a distinction, say between right and wrong, or good quality and poor quality. Virtually every decision we make when faced with more than one option involves discrimination.
Volume 71, no. 9 September 2015 One author admits that he is “not shocked” by videos showing officials of Planned Parenthood speaking callously about the harvesting of fetal organs. “The fact that money is exchanged, and the question of whether this constitutes a ‘market,’ do not particularly matter to me,” writes Robert Oscar Lopez. “Well-educated […]
Volume 71, no. 7 Medicare, Title 18 of the Social Security Act, was signed into law by President Lyndon Baines Johnson on July 30, 1965. A fundamental transformation of American medicine began. So did the consequences that AAPS predicted from the outset: accelerating costs and government controls. “The Medicare system has been a major catalyst […]
Volume 71, no. 6 June 2015 Some advocates of a “single-payer healthcare system,” notably Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), often begin with a scathing indictment of managed-care plans, including the complexities of dealing with dozens of them. (They know about these first-hand because they are enabling such plans by their participation.) We often […]
Volume 71, no. 4 April 2015 When it appears that Democrats have lost the battle to socialize medicine, the Republicans ride to their rescue. ClintonCare was defeated in Congress when people found out what was in it and who was behind it. Then the Republican Congress, which was elected largely because of opposition to ClintonCare, […]
Volume 68, no. 6 June 2012 Although Obama devoted fewer than 50 words to the ACA in his State of the Union message, the Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) has signed a $20 million contract with a public relations firm, Porter Novelli, to highlight the “preventive” benefits in ACA. The competitive bidding process […]
Volume 68, no. 2 February 2012 Physicians are of course very familiar with the concept of accountability, which applies to everything they say or do, or don’t say or do. It’s a very popular word in legislation also: the “Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act” (HIPAA), and “accountable care organizations” (ACOs) in ObamaCare. Here the […]
Volume 67, no. 10 October 2011 Everywhere we hear that “our health care system is broken.” But there is deep denial of the fact that the social welfare state is just plain broke. For some politicians, the crisis—framed as a threat that Republicans will break Medicare—is just another power-grabbing opportunity. Sen. Patty Murray, Democrat co-chairman […]