Medical care is a professional service, not a right. Rights (as to life, liberty, and property) may be defended by force, if necessary. Professional services are subject to economic laws, such as supply and demand, and are not properly procured by force. Physicians are professionals. Professionals are agents of their patients or clients, not of […]
Republicans having reneged on their campaign promises to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), while ACA has failed to deliver on its promise of affordable care to all, what comes next? The most vocal Democrats clamor for Medicare for All, and Republicans appear to be in disarray. The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) […]
10 solutions to increase options, encourage competition, and unwind unsustainable spending in American medicine.
In the Oath of Hippocrates, physicians promise to work for the good of their patients, according to the best of their ability and judgment, and to do no harm. We support a return to this ethic in American medicine, and oppose policies that harm patients by subjugating care to the interest of the government and third […]
In the Oath of Hippocrates, physicians promise to work for the good of their patients, according to the best of their ability and judgment, and to do no harm. AAPS members support a return to this ethic in American medicine, and oppose programs and laws that harm patients by subjugating their care to the interest of the government […]
800 Tons of Lead Brick Counterweights Prevent Collapse of Leaning Tower of Pisa. [Image from Wikimedia commons.] Executive Summary Repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), known as “ObamaCare,” after it has been in effect for 7 years is rather like trying to uproot kudzu. It is deeply entwined in American medicine, and despite soaring premiums […]
The medical world has become increasingly complex and confusing to patients. Non-physician clinicians who may be caring for them include physician assistants and advanced practice registered nurses, typically nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, and clinical nurse specialists, as well as allied health professionals who have obtained a Doctor of Philosophy or other doctorate in […]
Five action items to begin lowering costs and increasing access to high quality medical care. 1. Separate insurance from medical care. Health plans should not be in the business of providing, supervising, or rationing medical care. We need to go back to sickness insurance as a form of casualty insurance, reimbursing subscribers (not “providers”) in […]