Capitalism Can Be Bad For Your Health
Capitalism has done wonders for the world in terms of raising the standard of living for so many people. Of course, like everything else in this world, capitalism is not an unbridled blessing. It has its dark side. When it … Read More
Doctor Conflicts of Interest Are Getting Worse.
“Under no circumstances may physicians place their own financial interests above the welfare of their patients.” American Medical Association Code of Medical Ethics Opinion 11.2.2. Doctors rightly occupy a privileged position in our society. We entrust them with our bodies, … Read More
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Hospital Billing Practices Can Send You To The Poorhouse.
The way in which hospitals bill their patients is a sin. It ought to be against the law, but it is not. Hospitals can charge whatever they want for a medical procedure and often do. Some studies have found that … Read More
We Are At The Bottom. Again. Still.
USA! USA! We’re Number – Eleven? The Commonwealth Fund was founded in 1918 to create better, more accessible health care systems. Since 2004, it has been conducting studies of the health care systems of the richest eleven countries in the … Read More
Physician Conflicts of Interest
Physicians occupy a special place in our society. They are respected and honored. They are often well-compensated for their efforts. We trust our doctors. Very few patients ever think that the doctor who is recommending surgery or a particular treatment … Read More
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The Brave New World of Genomic Testing.
An organism’s genome controls its destiny. This is as true for the human genome as it is for the genome of the Covid-2 coronavirus. It was less than 20 years ago that scientists first sequenced the human genome. The project … Read More
The Continuous Glucose Monitor and Type 2 Diabetes.
The latest marketing campaign directed at Type 2 diabetics is intended to sell them continuous glucose monitors (CGM’s). Since there are estimated to be over 30 million Americans with Type 2 diabetes, there are a lot of potential customers. For … Read More
We are in election season and there is much talk about the high price of prescription drugs and promises by politicians to do something about it. Don’t hold your breath. Drug prices are like the weather: Everyone complains about it … Read More
Our Drug Development Model and Drug Supply Chain Are Broken.
One of the lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic is that our drug development model and drug supply chain are broken. Our western capitalist system has served us well for many years. It provided products at a low price, which allowed … Read More
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Your Health Care Costs Too Much
If you live in the United States, chances are you pay more for your health care and medications than anyone else in the world. This would be bad enough if we were getting the best health care in the world … Read More