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Tag Archives: fee-for-service

Stop wasting medicare dollars!

I think it’s clear to all of us that if you’re under 55 you won’t have your father’s Medicare when you turn 65. The Repugnuts are thinking of gutting the whole program! Medicare is growing at such an astronomical rate that if something isn’t done right now its costs will double in 20 years. One […]

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Financial Incentives Inappropriately Drive The Treatment of Prostate Cancer

In the November 4 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, a study by Shahinian et al shows the influence of financial incentives on the delivery of prostate cancer treatment. The treatment option here is androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) with gonadotropin releasing hormone agonists (GnRH). Until 2005 Medicare reimbursed practitioners for these drugs at a rate that resulted in profits up […]

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Medicare Won’t Go Broke-But We Can Do Less and Get Better Care

I’ve discussed on many occasions that Americans get too much care, to the tune of $700 billion a year!! Now many of you say more should be better. Well, it isn’t. You see you put yourself at great risk every time you get an any procedure, and according to the data, it costs 40,000 people their […]

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Reform Medicare Spending While Increasing the Quality of HealthCare

It looks like we’re going full-steam ahead with Universal Healthcare, and well we should. However, if we don’t reduce the costs of Medicare the system will still bankrupt us. By 2030 there will be 71 million Americans over the age of 65 accounting for approximately 20% of the population. Due to these demographic shifts, healthcare spending […]

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Let’s Apply What We Know Evidence-Based Medicine Towards the Practice of Medicine Before Spending More On Effective Treatments

Over one billion dollars of the economic stimulus package will be used to study which procedures, drugs, and devices are the most effective to treat disease and carry the least risk to the patient (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/16/health/policy/16health.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=Stimulus%20Bill%20Gives%20%241.1%20Billion%20for%20Comparative%20Effectiveness%20Research&st=cse, (http://newoldage.blogs.nytimes.com/). We already have scientific evidence that many of our most expensive tests and treatments are unneccessary, risky and very expensive, adding over $700 […]

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