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Choosing Better

The above is an ad from the UK.  They pound their population to make sure they get the right care and also save the system money.  I agree with this author from the Boston Globe who thinks it should be done here as well.    That being said, I am sure we can put some…

Delusional

I guess anyone can paint a picture differently depending on their perspective.  Take, for example, a group of docs who wrote an editorial in the WSJ entitled The Real Promise of “Accountable Care”.  This unicorn of a concept looks differently to whomever sees it.   For those that hate capitalism and the concept of being…

Antitrust in Idaho

Here is a very interesting scenario.  The Federal Trade Commission and Idaho’s attorney general have challenged the acquisition of a physician group by a Boise, Idaho-based hospital system.  It seems the merger between St. Luke’s Health System and Saltzer Medical Group gave the combined entity an approximately 60% share of the primary-care physicians in Nampa, Idaho,…

Fat Doesn’t Make You Fat

The controversy over fat continues.   I debate it with people all the time.  Since the seventies (long story on how it began) people have it ingrained in them that the fat they eat is what makes them fat.    This hoax has been shaken somewhat by the advocacy of healthy fats.    Now some…

More On Employed Docs

Scott Gottlieb says a lot of the things that  I have been saying for years in his WSJ piece entitled “The Doctor Will Not See You Now”.  He blames ObamaCare for a bunch of it but that may or may not be true.    It surely won’t help the situation, however.  I recommend the read.…

Health Benefits Store

Man, it is good to have money because then you do things like this.   United Healthcare opened a health benefits store in New York’s Chinatown in February.  That is their  23rd such store!  These places get about 3000 visitors a month.    The 11,000-square-foot Asian Plaza allows visitors to: Discuss their health care benefits with…

Robo Diss

It turns out that robots aren’t all that great for healthcare yet.   A recent MSN article highlights this: “While there may be some advantages to the use of robotics in complex hysterectomies, especially for cancer operations that require extensive surgery and removal of lymph nodes, studies have shown that adding this expensive technology for…

Super Utilizers

It amazes me that we actually have a label for “frequent flyers” to the emergency room.   Oh, wait a minute, that’s a label too.   Hmmmm.  Anyway,  a small blurb in the Family Practice News states that “two Cincinnati-based research and advocacy groups seek to identify and address the issues behind super-utilizers of emergency…

Stop The Over Testing

I am torn on this.  As a family doctor who also thinks himself as a steward of the healthcare system, I love the idea of a “campaign to fight unneeded tests“.   The first 45 recommendations came out last April.    There are now a total of 135 with the ones below recently added.  …