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Medical Malpractice

The Spectre Haunting GE

BusinessWeek | Jeff Gerth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Many MRI patients are injected with a GE dye to enhance images. If they have weak kidneys, they might develop a rare and sometimes fatal disease. n...

Medical Malpractice and Health Care Costs: A New Study

D. Brad Wright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
D. Brad Wright

In a slight change from the usual, I'm going to take a closer look at one of the major issues on the right: The need to reform the medical malpractice system.

Medical Malpractice Tort Reform - We Are Already Suffering and Don't Need More

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joanne Doroshow

Tort "reform" is a doozy of a misnomer. There is certainly nothing positive or beneficial about it.

Kids Take Care Of Mom, Lisa Strong, Who Lost Her Arms, Legs (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

In the Strong family, it's the children who take care of their mother. Chloe and Jesse Strong are 10 and 11-years-old. They cook and clean. Chloe ...

Tania Solis Sues Over Botched Butt Job In Queens | By Thomas Zambito | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

A Queens woman is suing a Flushing spa, complaining she suffered disabling injuries during a procedure to augment her unflattering buttocks in June 20...

GOP Health Bill In The Works; Boehner Says Republican Bill Would Extend Insurance Coverage To "Millions"

Wall Street Journal | GREG HITT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Republicans are preparing an alternative health-care bill to Democratic legislation, House Republican Leader John Boehner said, marking a shift in str...

Too Many Lawsuits? My Foot

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

Republicans seek to limit medical malpractice lawsuits. But actually, for every patient who sues, there are several who should but don't.

Why Medical Malpractice Reform Is Off Limits | PHILIP K. HOWARD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Eliminating defensive medicine could save upwards of $200 billion in health-care costs annually, according to estimates by the American Medical Associ...

Clueless Industry Lobbyists

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

Industry leaders oblivious to the harm people are suffering because of the messed up system should think a little more before they complain about attempts to reform the system for the better.

The Return of Dr. Feelgood

Jayne Lyn Stahl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jayne Lyn Stahl

While this administration is still in its infancy, one can't help but think that what we are seeing is more of a massage than a substantive, and bold move in a new direction.

Personal Responsibility: In Education? Yes! In Health Care? No!

Deane Waldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deane Waldman

When President Obama gave his speech on health care, he spoke as though the phrase personal responsibility did not exist.

Obama Speaks to Children in Congress, Adults in High School

Don Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Don Parker

At Wakefield High School in Virginia, no student yelled at him, calling him a liar. Students didn't hold up signs and papers objecting to the points he was making. And none of the students booed him.

Matt Osborne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Osborne

Trial lawyers are a widely-despised lobby. Yet courts remain the only way individual Americans can redress grievances against the rich and powerful; they are a great leveler, and limits have had perverse effects.

Healthcare is an Unprincipled Non-System.

Deane Waldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deane Waldman

Everyone knows that you cannot cure a sick anything -- patient or system - without a correct diagnosis. What is the diagnosis for sick, "broken" healthcare?

Rights With No Responsibilities?

Deane Waldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deane Waldman

Do we have the right to make ourselves unhealthy? I would answer, Yes! That is part of being free.

The Emperor Has No Clothes

Deane Waldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deane Waldman

Washington is guilty of management malpractice. Simply throwing more money into the waste of the middle will not fix health care.

What to Ask at a Town Hall on Health Care

Deane Waldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deane Waldman

What to ask our Representatives at town hall meeting, and in letters or emails.

The Public Option, Who Makes Decisions to Treat Us, and Tort Reform

Miles J. Zaremski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles J. Zaremski

We are not in a room crafting health care legislation, so we have to rely on the words of those we elected to public office to truthfully tell us what they say, and how which bill will best benefit our lives.

ObamaCare Is Not "a Good Start." They Are Blowing an Opportunity to fix Health care.

Deane Waldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deane Waldman

We need an extended, all-media national dialogue, not violent, partisan town hall meetings in response to a Plan devised behind closed doors.

They Are Still Practicing Bad Medicine -- on Medicine (and Therefore on Us).

Deane Waldman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Deane Waldman

Given a fundamentally flawed, unsupportable health care system, we need a new one rather than changing where some dollars flow and adding new dollars that we don't have in the first place.

One Good Reason to Get Mad About Health Care

Patrick Malone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Patrick Malone

Right now, sophisticated patients can look up on the Internet a doctor's basic credentials and lawsuit history but not much more. With a "no patient left behind" system of mandatory report cards, patients could comparison-shop for doctors based on what's important: not price but quality.

In Health Care, Complexity Costs and Kills. ObamaCare Will Increase Complexity: You Do the Math

Deane Waldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deane Waldman

Complexity is considered bad in most business activities because it reduces efficiency and therefore costs money. In health care it is worse.

An Ordinary Man

Norman Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Horowitz

My primary connection to health care is my being a consumer of it, and nothing more. I will apologize at least once for having the temerity to suggest...

An Objective, Evidence-Based Opposition to ObamaCare

Deane Waldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deane Waldman

TennCare was a single payer approach that was tried in Tennessee in 1994. It nearly bankrupted the state, forced the governor to raise taxes, and ultimately required rationing care.

Dialogue on Healthcare: Your Comments, My Responses and Apologies

Deane Waldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deane Waldman

Other countries are struggling with health care system problems as big as ours. I do not suggest that health care is insoluble.