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Demand the Right Care and Eliminate Unnecessary Care!

It is well known that Americans get too much unnecessary care to the tune of over $700 billion dollars and over 20,000 preventable deaths. Incredibly, as reported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the medium level of needed necessary care across 45 core measurements is only 59%! For example, the best practice guidelines recommends that […]

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Healthcare Reform-Why I Cannot Feel Sorry for the Insurance Companies

Now health insurance companies (and all those concerned about “socialized” medicine) are worried that they won’t be able to compete with the proposed public health insurance plan (similar to Medicare), (see, http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123958544583612437.html). Bring out the violins! Boo hoo. The crisis we have in healthcare can be blamed, almost entirely, on the insurance companies who turn in […]

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There is More to Healthcare Reform Than Universal Healthcare

There are multiple issues that must be addressed in reforming healthcare if we want to end up at a better place than we are today. Determining who will be covered and in under what system is important, but that alone won’t reign in the skyrocketing costs. Along with healthcare insurance and accessibility, we must tackle what will be covered by insurance as […]

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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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Unnecessary Risky Care Costs Us $700 Billion A Year

To continue the discussion initiated by Ceci Connolly’s article in the Washington Post, “U.S. Not Getting What We Pay For” (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/29/AR2008112901025_Comments.html) and extended by Jane Brody in the NY Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/06/health/06brod.html?scp=1&sq=more%20isn’t%20always%20better%20in%20coronary%20care&st=cse). Many invasive procedures are unnecessary, costly, and risky. A good example is coronary angioplasty. About 2 million are performed annually in the U.S. However, […]

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