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Medicare For All?

Good, fast and cheap….you cannot have all three. So goes the famous saying but is it really true? Well, they basically asked this same question to the general population of this country and here is what they said: Americans like the idea of “Medicare-for-all,” but support flips to disapproval if it would result in higher…

Sure, I’m Paranoid by Pat Conrad MD

Are we heading toward a National Medical License program?  Michigan has just become the 25th state “to join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, which allows physicians to more easily be licensed in multiple states.”   “‘The expansion of the compact to half of all U.S. states is an incredible achievement and testament to state medical boards’…

Quote of the Week: Say the Next Line

“What the f*** happened to the Delta I used to know? Where’s the spirit? Where’s the guts, huh? “Ooh, we’re afraid to go with you Bluto, we might get in trouble.” Well just kiss my ass from now on! Not me! I’m not gonna take this. Wormer, he’s a dead man! Marmalard, dead! Niedermeyer…” John…

Shining the Light on Costs

I have written about the new transparency laws recently and boy are amazing things showing up. Look at this: I agree that this is ridiculous but maybe this will shine the light on the garbage going on out there. I understand that these prices aren’t “real” because insurance companies negotiate behind the scenes. That being…

You Make the Call

Not everything is clear cut in life. We tend to see things through the lens of our own ideology. I get that. I am guilty, too. Let’s have a nice debate about this issue: In Elwood, Indiana, a school superintendent has been charged with three felonies and a misdemeanor after she used her son’s name…

The Best a Doctor Can Be by Pat Conrad MD

It’s a simple recipe, actually, tried and true for decades.  Pick an action or event so awful that no sane person could disagree with trying to oppose or eradicate it.  Then attach your own politics or ideological goal, and attack any opposition to it as somehow supportive of the original awful occurrence.  Then add nuts…

Were You Harmed by Not Doing the MOC?

This may sound like a commercial you hear on TV but it is important for us doctors. Were you a family doc who has been harmed by the MOC? In other words, you let it lapse or didn’t want to pay anymore but then lost privileges at a hospital or an insurance company would not…

What Does the AAFP Do With All the Money?

Here is a recent AAFP newsletter. I have mentioned before that they are selling out with ads to look like stories. This week’s edition had no shame in starting right out with the American Heart Association. Bang. They come back later with this one: Wow, the makers of Diflucan must love this. Or hate that…