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And It’s Back to Straight Salary

The huge Geisinger Health System has announced that they did away with physician bonuses altogether this summer and put all of its 1,600 employed doctors on a straight salary. They are going to pay each physician at or above the national average whether in primary care or a specialty. So what happens to some of these things? Alternative…

Ridiculous Study of the Week: Medications Work When Taken

It turns out that blood pressure meds don’t work if they aren’t taken.  In a recent study, only 20 percent of patients seeking care for stubborn high blood pressure take all the medicine they’re supposed to and another 20 percent are not taking any of their blood pressure medications.  Many of these patients are seeing specialists…

Uh…Dig In? by Pat Conrad MD

Speaker Paul Ryan and the GOP fulfilled the script this past week when they threw the white pigeon that is the American Health Care Act up in front of a crowd of shotguns. The liberals are screaming about how this will hurt the poor, the elderly, the young, the reproductive, the trans-, the immigrants, the…and…

Smart Phones Are A Right!

House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz is in hot water for his suggestion that low-income Americans may have to prioritize purchasing health care coverage over gadgets such as iPhones under Republicans’ Obamacare replacement plan.  Here is what he said: “Americans have choices, and they’ve got to make a choice. So rather than getting that new iPhone that…