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  • chicago medical school openly admits, enrolls illegal immigrants as students

    09/10/2014 5:54:28 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 11 replies
    http://www.thecollegefix.com/post/19194/ ^ | SEPTEMBER 10, 2014 | DOMINIC LYNCH
    Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine appears to be the first – and so far only – medical school in the country to openly admit illegal immigrants – and has seven such students currently enrolled, a campus official tells The College Fix. Under Stritch’s admission policy, illegal aliens who fall under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status, also known as DACA and “DREAMers,” are eligible to be admitted to the medical school. DACA was created in 2012 when President Obama signed an executive order that stated, in effect, that illegal immigrant children who were brought to the United States...
  • Cancer Screening in Seniors Yields Few Benefits

    08/18/2014 6:42:51 PM PDT · by Innovative · 63 replies
    Medpage Today ^ | Aug 18, 2014 | Charles Bankhead
    Screening older patients for cancer provided minimal benefit at considerable cost and increased use of invasive procedures, reported investigators in two separate studies. "It is particularly important to question screening strategies for older persons," Gross continued. "Patients with a shorter life expectancy have less time to develop clinically significant cancers after a screening test and are more likely to die from noncancer health problems after a cancer diagnosis."
  • While Vets Died, VA Wasted $400 Million on Green Energy

    08/15/2014 11:11:42 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Front page ^ | August 15, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    the insane ways that the VA focused on solar energy and wind towers over vets. Three years before Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki would be forced out of his job because of the veterans who had died under him, he visited the Massachusetts National Cemetery. He wasn’t there to see the men and women who had died because of him. While vets were dying, Obama and Shinseki had turned their attention to something truly important; seeing to it that all the cemeteries where they were being buried had wind or solar power. ... The cemetery turbine had cost $533,000....
  • Fox News poll: Slim (?!) majority (52% to 41%) continues to oppose ObamaCare

    08/14/2014 4:51:41 PM PDT · by Innovative · 25 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Aug 14, 2014 | Dan Blanton
    the latest Fox News national poll finds voters oppose the law by a 52-41 percent margin. As in the past, the new poll shows that most Democrats favor Obamacare (74 percent), while most Republicans (84 percent) and independents (61 percent) are against it. Voters in every age group are more likely to oppose the law than favor it, with one exception: those ages 65 and over. And that group only favors it by two percentage points. President Obama receives higher job approval ratings on health care than on almost any other issue: 42 percent of voters approve, while 53 percent...
  • Doctor: Elderly People Should be Left to Die, Their Quality of Life is Too Low

    08/08/2014 6:35:01 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 82 replies
    Life News ^ | 8/7/14 | Sarah Zagorski
    Dr. James Beattie, a cardiologist who works at the East of England NHS Foundation Trust in Birmingham, believes hospitals should let more elderly patients die and “quality of life” should be given more consideration.According to an article in the Daily Mail, Beattie said that society no longer accepts mortality and is much less familiar with death. ‘If a person is in hospital, particularly an elderly person with multiple co-morbidities, if they have a cardiac arrest it’s a sign they are in decline,’ he told Radio 4.‘It’s their act of dying and they should not be resuscitated, they should be allowed...
  • Docs say Medicare's proposed rates for heart procedure would limit access

    07/19/2014 6:43:27 AM PDT · by Innovative · 12 replies
    Modern Healthcare ^ | July 18, 2014 | Virgil Dickson
    Cardiac surgeons and medical societies are asking the CMS to reconsider proposed payment rates for implanting Abbott's MitraClip, a device that treats a debilitating heart condition. Because the device itself costs more than $30,000, the proposed reimbursement rate would make it “prohibitive for hospitals to be able to offer this significant care so badly needed for a large majority of our patients,” Dr. Gregory Helmer, a cardiologist at the University of Minnesota, said in comments submitted to the CMS.
  • Medicare Modifies Controversial Hospice Drug Rule (won't pay for pain relief pills)

    07/19/2014 2:49:07 AM PDT · by Innovative · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 18, 2014 | Susan Jaffe
    Under the rules that took effect in May, hospice patients or their families could not fill prescriptions through their Part D drug plans until first confirming that the prescriptions were not covered by hospice providers. Drugs related to palliative and comfort care are supposed to be covered under the fixed rate payments to the hospice. Medicare announced Friday that the rules would be revised so that the additional authorization would be required for only four types of medications: pain relievers, anti-nauseants, laxatives, and anti-anxiety drugs that are “nearly always” considered hospice-related.
  • Hospitals Now Use Consumers’ Personal Habits (from credit card purchases) To Predict Health Issues

    06/26/2014 3:36:21 PM PDT · by Innovative · 41 replies
    Consumerist ^ | June 26, 2014 | Ashley Kieler
    By now we know that every purchase a consumer makes is added to a list detailing one’s spending and life-style habit, which is used to target people for marketing campaigns and other services. But how would you feel if that information was used by your doctors to keep tabs on your health? A new report from Bloomberg details how hospitals are using our habits such as buying cigarettes or skipping the gym to create patient profiles in order to identify those who are most likely to get sick.
  • Sen. John McCain hears vets complaints over VA

    05/10/2014 4:13:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | May 10, 2014 | Terry Tang
    PHOENIX (AP) -- Sen. John McCain listened to complaints from several veterans over the Veterans Affairs system, telling them that reported lapses in care in Phoenix are part of a nationwide problem that needs to be fixed. "This is not a unique situation as far as Arizona is concerned," McCain said Friday. "I emphasize everyone is innocent until proven guilty, but this appears to be a problem of nationwide implications."(continued)
  • MILLIONAIRES NEED YOUR HELP!... Ann Coulter

    04/03/2014 12:01:16 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 34 replies
    Ann Coulter Dot Com ^ | 2 Apr 2014 | Ann Coulter
    Last Sunday, The New York Times published a front-page article about the heartfelt need of California farmers for more illegal aliens. The first tip-off that heinous public policy ideas were coming was that the Times introduced farmer Chuck Herrin, owner of a farm-labor contracting company, as a "lifelong Republican." That's Times-speak for "liberal." Herrin admitted that he employs a lot of illegal aliens and bitterly complained that they lived in fear of "Border Patrol and deportations." (But, apparently, he doesn't live in fear of admitting he's violating our immigration laws.) Sorry that running a country inconveniences you, Chuck. He said...
  • One Doctor’s Viral Letter Exposes the Harrowing Reality of Obamacare’s ‘War Against Doctors’

    03/28/2014 5:34:06 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 38 replies
    IJReview ^ | 3-28-14 | Emily Hulsey
    In an address to the House on Wednesday, Alabama Representative Mo Brooks read aloud a letter sent to him by Dr. Marlin Gill of Decatur. The letter holds nothing back while detailing the excessive costs and regulations that Dr. Gill calls Obamacare’s “war against doctors.” Here is the full text of the letter, courtesy of Rep. Brooks’ office: Dear Congressman Brooks, As a practicing family physician, I plead for help against what I can best characterize as Washington’s war against doctors. The medical profession has never before remotely approached today’s stress, work hours, wasted costs, decreased efficiency, and declining ability...
  • Father So Heartbroken About Daughter Held at Hospital Against His Will (truncated title)

    02/20/2014 9:19:39 AM PST · by CSM · 15 replies
    The Blaze ^ | February 17, 2014 | Liz Klimas
    The last time Lou Pelletier spoke with his 15-year-old daughter was Feb. 14 — Valentine’s Day. For this father of four, though, the day held a different meaning for his youngest valentine: It marked one year since she was taken and placed in a psychiatric ward against her parents’ will. “We need help,” Lou Pelletier told TheBlaze in an exclusive interview, explaining why he made the decision to break a judge’s gag order and talk about the situation. “I’m trying to save my daughter’s life,” he said. “While still being able to live,” Jessica, one of Justina’s older sisters, added....
  • When squirrels attack! There’s a medical code for that. (New ICD-10 coding system)

    02/15/2014 9:22:20 AM PST · by Innovative · 50 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Feb 14, 2014 | Sarah Kliff
    Reolubin is one of the country’s 186,000 medical coders who work in the back offices of hospitals. It’s her job to translate doctors’ scribbles into diagnosis codes. Those are sent to insurance companies, which use them to determine how much to pay hospitals for care. With 14,000 codes, ICD-9 seems puny by comparison. The new manual explodes that code set to 68,000 much more granular and detailed terms to define — very exactly and specifically — what ails us. There are different numbers for getting struck or bitten by a turkey (W61.42 or W61.43). There are codes for injuries caused...
  • Unable to guarantee medical care, the Quebec government turns to euthanasia

    02/15/2014 9:10:00 AM PST · by Innovative · 13 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Feb 12, 2014 | Coalition of Physicians for Social Justice
    Unable to guarantee adequate medical care for its citizens, the Quebec Government is turning to euthanasia. The law would allow 14 year olds to refuse treatment without the consent of their parents. Also in the French version, other witnesses including Luc describe the potential abuses by politicians, hospital administrators, the medical profession and families in a money driven society where certain lives would be deemed less worthy to live because of financial pressures.
  • Obamacare enrollees hit snags at doctor's offices

    02/05/2014 6:38:16 AM PST · by Innovative · 8 replies
    LA Times ^ | Feb 4, 2014 | Chad Terhune
    Aliso Viejo resident Danielle Nelson said Anthem Blue Cross promised half a dozen times that her oncologists would be covered under her new policy. But when she went to her oncologist's office, she promptly encountered a bright orange sign saying that Covered California plans are not accepted. "I'm a complete fan of the Affordable Care Act, but now I can't sleep at night," Nelson said. "I can't imagine this is how President Obama wanted it to happen." "There are a lot of economic incentives for health insurers to narrow their networks, but if they go too far, people won't have...
  • Anthem to raise some premiums as much as 25%

    01/31/2014 7:04:07 AM PST · by Innovative · 5 replies
    LA Times ^ | Jan 30, 2014 | Chad Terhune
    Thousands of Anthem Blue Cross individual customers with older insurance policies untouched by Obamacare are getting some jarring news: Their premiums are going up as much as 25%. These increases, 16% on average, are slated to go into effect April 1 for up to 306,000 people — unless California regulators persuade the state's largest for-profit health insurer to back down. Amid the fury last fall over canceled health policies, consumer advocates and state officials warned people that holding onto grandfathered policies purchased before the federal healthcare law was enacted in 2010 wouldn't shield them from significant rate hikes.
  • Veterans dying because of health care delays

    01/31/2014 6:28:18 AM PST · by Innovative · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | Jan 30, 2014 | Scott Bronstein, Nelli Black, and Drew Griffin
    U.S. veterans are dying because of delays in diagnosis and treatment at VA hospitals. At least 19 veterans have died because of delays in simple medical screenings like colonoscopies or endoscopies, at various VA hospitals or clinics, CNN has learned. The new document obtained by CNN shows a worse problem than has previously been made public by the VA. As CNN has previously reported, as many as 7,000 veterans were on a backlog list -- waiting too long for colonscopies or endoscopies -- at VA facilities in Columbia, South Carolina and Augusta, Georgia.
  • U.S. hospitals hit with shortage of intravenous saline

    01/29/2014 2:38:39 AM PST · by Innovative · 26 replies
    Yahoo news/Reuters ^ | Jan 28, 2014 | Susan Kelly
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday it is working with the three manufacturers of intravenous saline solutions commonly used to hydrate hospital patients to address a shortage caused by a spike in demand. To cope with the shortage, healthcare providers are using substitute products such as oral hydration fluids or smaller IV saline bags with slower drip rates when appropriate, said Bona Benjamin, director of medication use quality improvement for the American Society of Health System Pharmacists. "We have heard from our members all over the country that the shortage is serious," Benjamin said. "People are able...
  • Out of health-care furor, satisfaction in New England

    01/26/2014 1:52:15 PM PST · by Innovative · 17 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | Jan 26, 2014 | Chelsea Conaboy
    The federal overhaul has had a bumpy start, but with insurance payments they can handle, many have stopped gambling on their future Lost amid all the fury, however, have been the success stories.
  • Funding cuts hurt cataract wait time

    01/26/2014 12:25:19 PM PST · by Innovative · 22 replies
    London Free Press ^ | Jan 22, 2014 | Jonathan Sher
    Wait times for cataract surgery in London jumped 50% last year, a disturbing trend officials expect will worsen unless Ontario’s health ministry restores funding. At the start of 2013, 90% of patients had surgery within 153 days. By November, that wait grew to 230 days. “It’s hurting patients,” said ophthalmologist Tim Hillson, chairperson of the Eye Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. Patients forced to wait are at greater risk for falls, car crashes and depression, preventable calamities that cost our health-care system more in the long run, Hillson said, so making them wait longer is short-sighted.
  • A Simple Alternative to the ObamaCare Mandate

    01/25/2014 6:47:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 25, 2014 | John C. Goodman
    The health reform law is trying to force $15 an hour workers and their employers to buy more than a million dollars of coverage when they don't have anything like a million dollars in assets to protect. Further, some of these families are being forced to give up "mini-med" plans that paid the first $2,000 or $3,000 of medical bills and enroll in plans with deductibles of $10,000 or more. Why do we need to force a family at this income level need to pay the first $10,000 of medical costs? We don't. I can think of only two reasons...
  • Dr. Eric Topol Wireless Med (the future of better and cheaper healthcare)

    01/21/2014 3:32:29 PM PST · by doug from upland · 4 replies
    youtube ^ | 1-2014
    AMAZING USE OF OUR TECHNOLOGY. STAR TREK MEDICINE IS COMING.
  • Patients’ Costs Skyrocket; Specialists’ Incomes Soar (New York Times)

    01/19/2014 2:11:51 PM PST · by lbryce · 16 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 18, 2014 | Elisabeth Rosenthal
    Kim Little had not thought much about the tiny white spot on the side of her cheek until a physician’s assistant at her dermatologist’s office warned that it might be cancerous. He took a biopsy, returning 15 minutes later to confirm the diagnosis and schedule her for an outpatient procedure at the Arkansas Skin Cancer Center in Little Rock, 30 miles away. That was the prelude to a daylong medical odyssey several weeks later, through different private offices on the manicured campus at the Baptist Health Medical Center that involved a dermatologist, an anesthesiologist and an ophthalmologist who practices plastic...
  • Help! I can't use my Obamacare benefits

    01/12/2014 11:26:13 PM PST · by Innovative · 26 replies
    CNN ^ | Jan 12, 2014 | Tami Luhbi
    Many folks who signed up for coverage through the state and federal exchanges are running into roadblocks now that they are trying to use their new benefits. And though exchange officials and insurers have urged consumers to call their insurers if they encounter problems, many say they either wait endlessly on hold or get the runaround. Patterson's journey started New Year's Day, when she landed in the emergency room for a stomach ailment. The Independence policy number she received didn't work and the hospital required her to sign a form saying she would pay for care herself, though it agreed...
  • The doctor won’t see you? Analysts warn ObamaCare plans could resemble Medicaid

    12/26/2013 9:19:52 AM PST · by Innovative · 65 replies
    Fox News ^ | Dec 26, 2013 | FoxNews
    Those signing up for private health care coverage on the ObamaCare exchanges may be in for an unpleasant surprise -- they'll have insurance, but they might have trouble getting the doctor to see them. Just as with Medicaid, analysts warn that if payments get too low, many doctors might start refusing to see patients. That will leave more and more patients jockeying to see fewer and fewer doctors. They emphasize, then, that having health insurance won't necessarily translate into access to health care.
  • Medical test surprises: What should you be told?

    12/17/2013 7:09:53 AM PST · by Innovative · 51 replies
    Fox News ^ | Dec 13, 2013 | AP
    Sometimes, surprise findings can be life-saving, for example in the case of an athlete whose brain is scanned after a concussion, and radiologists spot a tumor, Hauser said. Other times, nothing can be done. That same brain scan might show early signs of an incurable condition, Hauser said, and "this young person now needs to live with the knowledge that she may someday develop this neurologic disease." Follow-up testing may do harm. Doctors, researchers and direct-to-consumer companies alike should inform potential patients about the possibility of incidental findings before they undergo a medical test. They should clearly explain what will...
  • New Affordable Care US health plans will exclude top hospitals

    12/08/2013 6:54:37 PM PST · by iowamark · 59 replies
    The Financial Times ^ | 12/8/2013 | Stephanie Kirchgaessner
    Americans who are buying insurance plans over online exchanges, under what is known as Obamacare, will have limited access to some of the nation’s leading hospitals, including two world-renowned cancer centres. Amid a drive by insurers to limit costs, the majority of insurance plans being sold on the new healthcare exchanges in New York, Texas, and California, for example, will not offer patients’ access to Memorial Sloan Kettering in Manhattan or MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, two top cancer centres, or Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, one of the top research and teaching hospitals in the country. Experts say the...
  • Manias, Panics and ObamaCare Crashes

    11/23/2013 9:44:11 AM PST · by Innovative · 9 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Nov 23, 2013 | WSJ Editorial
    More cancelled health plans. Millions and perhaps tens of millions more Americans will lose their coverage, despite the White House's one-year suspension of the mandates that force insurers to liquidate their old products. The problem is backloaded. The exchanges don't offer what most people expect from normal commercial insurance and instead feature tighter administrative oversight of smaller groups of physicians akin to Medicaid. Clinton-era HMO-style plans are coming back, and doctor-patient relationships will be the next political casualty. In the 1990s Americans rebelled against cost containment pressure, such as the "drive through" rules that told women to leave hospitals a...
  • Taos hospital announces 44 layoffs ( NM )

    11/05/2013 7:11:42 AM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    The Taos News ^ | September 12, 2013 | Andrew Oxford
    Forty-four employees of Taos Health Systems and its subsidiary, Holy Cross Hospital, will be laid off in a move administrators claim is necessary amid changing trends in the health care sector, though staff warn the cuts could imperil patients. ... Union organizers suggested the cuts could precede a change in status for Holy Cross from an acute-care hospital to a critical access hospital.
  • ( Santa Fe ) Hospital announces layoffs

    11/05/2013 6:51:40 AM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    The New Mexican ^ | Nov 5, 2013 | Bruce Krasnow
    Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center said Monday it is eliminating 58 positions and laying off 36 employees as part of a restructuring to meet the challenges of the federal Affordable Care Act. Hospital administrators said the layoffs will stretch across all departments, including 15 management positions. Christus St. Vincent President and CEO Bruce Tassin said the reductions will trim $4 million from the Santa Fe hospital’s payroll.
  • Virginia Democrat Calls For Forcing Doctors To Accept Medicare And Medicaid Patients

    11/03/2013 8:34:52 AM PST · by null and void · 65 replies
    Mason Conservative ^ | November 02, 2013 | Robert Sarvis
    You would think that when your party is burying a hole that is getting harder and harder to get out of, you wouldn't want to that hole get deeper faster.  But here is Kathleen Murphy, Democrat running for the House of Delegates against Barbara Comstock, telling a forum in Great Falls that she believes it should law to force doctors to accept Medicare and Medicaid patients.  Forced by government decree, mind you.  A birdie sent me this: FYI last night at the Great Falls Grange debate, Democrat delegate candidate Kathleen Murphy said that since many doctors are not accepting medicaid...
  • Study: Insurance costs to soar under Obamacare

    09/29/2013 1:39:38 AM PDT · by Innovative · 58 replies
    CBS News ^ | Sept 26, 2013 | Kathy Kristof
    New research from the Manhattan Institute estimates that insurance rates for young men will rise by 99 percent. Rates for younger women will rise between 55 percent to 62 percent, according to the right-leaning New York think tank. The precise impact of the new health law is likely to vary markedly from state-to-state, however. These differences mean men will get hammered in North Carolina with an average 305 percent rate hike, while women will suffer in Nebraska, paying an average of 237 percent more. For most people, subsidies in the law will not counteract the rate shock, says co-author of...
  • Well, I sure screwed it up today… (Update at #250)

    09/13/2013 8:55:51 PM PDT · by trussell · 346 replies
    9/13/13 | trussell
    Well, I sure screwed it up today… I went to sit down on a chair that wasn't there and fell, now I can't move my legs and the ER released me saying nothing is broke so there is nothing they can/will do. No brace, no chair, no crutches, nothing. The doctor didn't even touch me, tell me to wiggle toes, take my temp, listen to my heart, nothing...just a CT scan and then let me go. I couldn't even get in the car without a nurse, 2 cops and a citizen who offered to help. I don't know what to...
  • States marketing ' ObamaCare ' with other names to bolster enrollment

    09/01/2013 6:48:03 PM PDT · by Innovative · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | Sept 1, 2013 | FoxNews
    States running their own insurance programs as part of the Affordable Care Act have marketing and enrollment strategies that are sidestepping references to the words “ObamaCare,” a term that has largely come to be associated with the unpopularity of the plan. In Minnesota, state employees are promoting their health insurance marketplace as MNsure -- even going to the annual state fair to hand out fans imprinted with pictures of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox, according to The Wall Street Journal. The grassroots effort is part of a larger, $9 million marketing effort that includes billboards and TV ads.
  • Are Veterans Being Taken Care of? (Not Under This Adminitration)

    09/01/2013 7:16:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 1, 2013 | Bruce Bialosky
    You see news stories sometimes that upset you, but you are not sure of the facts. Fox News Special Report had a quick report about Veterans having massive amounts of paperwork to complete in order to get their services. It sounded as if they were being buried with paper to get their medical services. With all the challenges of the federal government, the last thing we can tolerate would be for those brave souls who have risked their lives to protect our freedoms to be abused by bureaucrats and their red tape. We had to delve into this further. We...
  • Overdiagnosis and Overtreatment in Cancer

    08/04/2013 8:07:43 AM PDT · by Innovative · 43 replies
    Journal of American Medical Association ^ | Jluy 29, 2013 | Laura J. Esserman, MD, MBA1; Ian M. Thompson, Jr, MD2; Brian Reid, MD, PhD3
    Optimal screening frequency depends on the cancer's growth rate. If a cancer is fast growing, screening is rarely effective. If a cancer is slow growing but progressive, with a long latency and a precancerous lesion (eg, colonic polyps or cervical intraepithelial neoplasia), screening is ideal and less frequent screening (eg, 10 years for colonoscopy) may be effective. In the case of an indolent tumor, detection is potentially harmful because it can result in overtreatment. These observations provide an opportunity to refocus screening on reducing disease morbidity and mortality and lower the burden of cancer screening and treatments. In March 2012,...
  • Fruits and veg, by prescription: NYC launches new program

    07/27/2013 10:33:26 AM PDT · by Innovative · 35 replies
    CTVNews ^ | Angela Mulholland
    Low-income families in New York City struggling with obesity will soon be offered doctor prescriptions -- not for pills, but for fruits and vegetables. The idea is that families will meet with a doctor at each clinic, as well as a nutritionist and community health worker, to discuss the connection between health and nutrition. They will then be offered Health Bucks equivalent to $1 per family member per day, so that they can buy unprocessed fruits and vegetables at the markets. That adds up to about $128 per month for a family of four. Patients are asked to return to...
  • Brazilian man dies after cow falls through his roof on top of him (genuine news)

    07/13/2013 6:53:41 PM PDT · by Innovative · 24 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | July 13, 2013 | Matt Roper
    Joao Maria de Souza, 45, had been in bed with his wife Leni when the animal fell through the ceiling of their home in Caratinga, southeast Brazil. The cow is believed to have escaped from a nearby farm and climbed onto the roof of the couple's house, which backs onto a steep hill on Wednesday night. The corrugated roof immediately gave way and the one-and-a-half-ton animal fell eight feet onto Mr de Souza's side of the bed. His wife, and the cow, both reportedly escaped unharmed. Rescuers took Mr de Souza to hospital with a fractured left leg but no...
  • Coming: A Two-Tiered Health Care System

    05/25/2013 7:55:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 59 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 25, 2013 | John C. Goodman
    I believe we are moving toward two different health systems. Which tier do you think you will be in? In one system, patients will be able to see doctors promptly. They will talk to physicians by phone and email. They will have no difficulty scheduling needed surgery. If they have to go into a hospital, a "hospitalist" (who reports to them and not to the hospital administration) will be there to make sure their interests are looked after. They may even have an independent agency that reviews their medical records, goes with them when they meet with specialists and gives...
  • Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us

    02/22/2013 9:44:29 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 43 replies
    Time (Special Report) ^ | February 20, 2013 | Steven Brill
    When Sean Recchi, a 42-year-old from Lancaster, Ohio, was told last March that he had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, his wife Stephanie knew she had to get him to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Stephanie’s father had been treated there 10 years earlier, and she and her family credited the doctors and nurses at MD Anderson with extending his life by at least eight years. Stephanie was then told by a billing clerk that the estimated cost of Sean’s visit — just to be examined for six days so a treatment plan could be devised — would be $48,900, due in...
  • Patients starve and die of thirst on hospital wards

    10/06/2012 10:38:35 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 40 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 06 Oct 2012 | Laura Donnelly
    Forty-three hospital patients starved to death last year and 111 died of thirst while being treated on wards, new figures disclose today. The death toll was disclosed by the Government amid mounting concern over the dignity of patients on NHS wards. * as well as 43 people who starved to death, 287 people were recorded by doctors as being malnourished when they died in hospitals; * there were 558 cases where doctors recorded that a patient had died in a state of severe dehydration in hospitals; * 78 hospital and 39 care home patients were killed by bedsores, while a...
  • Elderly dying due to 'despicable age discrimination in NHS'

    03/25/2012 8:15:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 40 replies · 1+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | 3/25/12 | Rebecca Smith, Medical Editor
    Thousands of elderly people are dying unnecessarily early because ‘despicable’ age discrimination in the NHS is denying them treatment for cancer, a charity has warned. A lack of treatment or insufficient treatment is contributing to 14,000 deaths a year in people over the age of 75, Macmillan Cancer Support has found, in what it called an ‘unacceptable act of discrimination’. Deaths from cancer are reducing in most age groups but at a slower rate in those aged 74 to 84 and are increasing in people aged 85 and over, the report said. The report, The Age Old Excuse: the under...
  • Hot Air exclusive: Perry raises $17.1 million in Q3

    10/05/2011 5:51:08 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 113 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 5, 2011 | Ed Morrissey
    A source on the Rick Perry campaign tells Hot Air that the Texas governor conducted some Texas-size fundraising in the third quarter. Coming in just a little over halfway through, Perry raised $17.1 million. That number would put Perry somewhere between $4-6 million ahead of Mitt Romney’s rumored total for Q3, according to this report last week from the Boston Globe. It’s also likely to far outpace Herman Cain’s fundraising or that of the other Republicans currently in the race. The pace is even more impressive. Perry had 49 days in which to raise funds, rather than the full 92...
  • Oklahoma FReeper sick daughter needs medical help, your info is needed. (prayers too)

    05/15/2011 11:59:14 AM PDT · by GailA · 183 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 5/15/11 | GailA
    Oklahoma: FReeper trussell's daughter Crystal has some urgent medical care needs that sound like a blood issue from the discriptions. She does not qualify for Sooner health care. Your information or knowledge of where she can take her for medical care is needed. FREEP MAIL trussell if you have the knowledge of the information she can use. You who live in Oklahoma, you know your health system, CAN you provide the information she needs? FREEP MAIL trussellShe would also appreciate your prayers for her daughter Crystal.
  • Reproductive-care restrictions at Catholic hospitals spark conflict, scrutiny

    01/20/2011 2:39:57 AM PST · by markomalley · 25 replies
    WaPo ^ | 1/19/11 | Rob Stein
    In Texas, a Catholic bishop made two hospitals cease doing tube-tying operations for women who are not going to have more babies. In Oregon, another bishop cast a medical center out of his diocese for refusing to discontinue the same procedure. In Arizona, a nun was excommunicated and the hospital where she works was expelled from the church after 116 years for allowing doctors to terminate a pregnancy to save a woman's life. Such disputes between hospitals and church authorities appear to be arising because of a confluence of factors: Economic pressures are spurring greater consolidation in the hospital industry,...
  • "Losers" are the key to undoing Obamacare

    12/02/2010 2:51:12 PM PST · by curiosity · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Health Reform Report ^ | 12/01/2010 | David Henderson
    A health care bill to expand Medicare and increase taxes to pay for it passes both the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate by wide margins and is signed by the President. Most people who are paying attention think that, for good or ill, this expansion of government will be with us forever. But just 17 months later, the law is repealed. Whereas it was passed in the House of Representatives by a vote of 328 to 72, the same House, with only a slight change of membership, votes 360 to 66 to repeal the bill. The new President,...
  • Americans Outlive English, Study Finds ("US Medical System may be better")

    11/04/2010 10:06:29 PM PDT · by SmartInsight · 7 replies
    Web MD ^ | Nov. 4, 2010 | Denise Mann
    "If you get sick at older ages, you will die sooner in England than in the United States," study author James P. Smith, PhD, of the nonprofit RAND corporation in Santa Monica, Calif., says in a news release. "It appears that at least in terms of survival at older ages with chronic disease, the medical system in the United States may be better than the system in England." The researchers speculate that this may be because these same illnesses are more likely to be fatal in England than in America, or that English people may be diagnosed at later stages...
  • New drug-resistant superbugs found in 3 states....

    09/13/2010 4:39:56 PM PDT · by TaraP · 16 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Sept 13th, 2010
    BOSTON – An infectious-disease nightmare is unfolding: Bacteria that have been made resistant to nearly all antibiotics by an alarming new gene have sickened people in three states and are popping up all over the world, health officials reported Monday. The U.S. cases and two others in Canada all involve people who had recently received medical care in India, where the problem is widespread. A British medical journal revealed the risk last month in an article describing dozens of cases in Britain in people who had gone to India for medical procedures. How many deaths the gene may have caused...
  • Letter to the editor: V.A. response to the war

    07/23/2010 7:16:19 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 2 replies
    TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 07/23/2010 | Adam C. Walmus
    Recent media reports have declared that timely, dignified care should be provided to returning servicemen and women. At the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, we completely agree. America's soldiers, Marines, airmen, sailors, and Coast Guardsmen deserve the very finest medical care. Earned at enlistment, it is America's sacred promise to them. Nationally, and here in southeast Texas, VA works hard to honor that promise. Since 2003, more than 1.5 million military personnel have served and returned from Iraq and Afghanistan. Roughly 40% have enrolled for care in a high-tech, quality-focused VA system, including more than 8,500 southeast Texas sons...
  • Redistributing Health?

    05/14/2010 5:43:54 PM PDT · by SmartInsight · 20 replies · 732+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | May 14, 2010 | IBD Editorial
    Medicine: The administration's nominee to run Medicare and Medicaid is a fan of Britain's National Health Service and rationing services. He believes in less discretion for your doctor, more power for your government. 'The decision is not whether or not we will ration care — the decision is whether we will ration with our eyes open" is what Dr. Donald Berwick, President Obama's nominee to head the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, said in an interview published in Biotechnology Healthcare in June 2009. The question is whether the Senate will confirm Berwick with open eyes. Berwick says: "NICE is...