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Employers Know Best

The administrators in charge of employing doctors (along with the insurers) are running our healthcare system.  And of course, they must know best.  A recent American Medical News article details how: Growth in employment contracts also reflected physicians’ move away from independent practice. 57% of physicians worked in independent practice in 2000. That proportion was…

Slate Hammers The Great Dr. Oz

Here is a recent article on Slate that absolutely slams Dr. Oz.   Basically, it gives examples of how he turns little scientific studies, discoveries or anomalies into massive trends.    The problem is that most of these recommendations may be BS.   I recommend you read it because it makes some great points.  The…

Obamacare Loophole

A recent article in the WSJ talks about what companies will start doing once the Obamacare takes over the land.   Most companies now have 9 months to get their crap together in order to make sure their employees are covered….or not.    What I noticed in the piece that took me by surprise was…

Bald Nuts

I found this interesting tidbit: A six-month study by AgriSearch, an on-campus research arm of Dalhousie University, has shown that genetically modified (GM) cucumbers grown under license to Monsanto Inc. result in serious side effects including total groin hair loss and chafing in “sensitive areas”, leading to the immediate and total ban of sales of…

Access Controversy Revisited

Josh over at Atlas.MD was kind enough to respond to a lot of questions by people on the topic Access Controversy.  I would love to keep the conversation going.  Please take a look at his thoughts and grill him if you feel the need.     It is in relation to  recent Journal of the American Medical Association study which showed…

Getting Lean and Mean in 2013

Happy New Year!  I wish you all the best.  Hopefully we are getting out of the murky waters and into better times (I love mixing metaphors).  May the benefits of Obamacare be with you because whether you like it or not,  it is now law.    Here is the section, I found from this article,…

Unnecessary

A new study claims that more than a million women have been treated for cancers that never would have threatened their lives.  In fact, up to one-third of breast cancers, or 50,000 to 70,000 cases a year, don’t need treatment at all.   And this all comes from screening via mammograms.   You can say…

No Family Docs Left

Here is an interesting blog from the NY Times.  Somehow, they just realized that there aren’t enough primary care docs around.   If you can’t read it then let me highlight some points: For starters, only 2 percent of all medical students in a recent study expressed interest in practicing primary care as a general internist. And…