The title of this piece is taken from a mordant lyric in Richard Fariña’s 1966 folkie love song “Children of Darkness.”
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A few weeks ago, I had an appointment with my dermatologist–an old school guy, well-loved by his patients. He’s straightforward, no-nonsense, and has long office hours. You know the type: The one you hope will never retire. As I was led to the examining room, I noticed something not too common these days–shelf after shelf of medical records in manila folders. When the doc came into the room, I commented that he did not appear to be an early adapter of electronic health records (EHRs). He replied that it was definitely worth the Medicare reimbursement penalty (starting in 2015) to not be involved with them.
I’ll eat something for the effect. Everybody thinks it is one of the great therapeutic benefits, like for people on chemo.
Here is a good explanation for how bamstercare is just a scam to force people to Medicaid on steroids, which is a mediocre answer at best, with nothing to offer providers, and as a result, nothing to offer patients.
The anti vax movement has created quite a stir, and a lot of it is the problem some have with shots. Delaying vaccinations can also increase some risks.
According to the Federal Trade Commission, “When health care markets are competitive, consumers benefit from lower costs, better care, and more innovation.” On a superficial level, this sounds good, but the devil is in the details. A huge detail is that the health care consumer rarely pays directly for the services, and has little say over how they are performed. Likewise, the notion of what constitutes “better care” and “innovation” are hotly debated. Ironically, those two precepts often lead to higher cost, with questionable benefits to outcome.