Category Archives: Health

Socialized Medicine, as promoted by a conservative commenter?

I would suggest that the mid level practitioner and a Walgreens lab are no substitute for a physician, but then I only have 43 years of experience as a general/primary care/family/corrections/emergency physician.

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Medical Conspiracy Theory

Following the assassination of JFK in November, 1963, the word “conspiracy” would enter common parlance. Defined as “A secret plan by a group to do something unlawful or harmful” [Oxford Dictionaries], the term leaves plenty of room for interpretation. At the very least, who decides what is “unlawful” or “harmful”? How can we be sure that the entity determining this is not itself a conspiracy? As the kids might say, “How meta can you get?”

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So what about heroic ventricular surgery for heart failure?

One of our readers asked about ventricular resection for heart failure.

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Peter Ferrara pushes Medicaid reform

I am very concerned about the mushrooming costs of Medicaid. Peter Ferrara proposes block grant funding to the states, but I am not optimistic about that strategy at all.

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Flu may be worse–when have I heard that before

Naturally Thomas Frieden is warning that the flu vax is not so good, the virus has mutated, oh horrors?

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Animal therapy, dogs, cats, even miniature horses

I can assure you that for many patients, dogs, cats, and miniature horses would raise their spirits.

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You Can Keep Your Doctor…If He Doesn’t Kill Himself

As the ACA (Obamacare) enters its comic relief phase, with the Jon Gruber videos; the “now you tell me” confessions of Democratic lawmakers who say that the bill should not have been passed; and the truly unwanted resurrection of Kathy Sebelius, maybe it’s time to get serious once again. In health care, it can’t get any more serious than physician suicide.

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