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Hospital Errors: Be Wary of the "July Effect"

ABC News | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Findings from a new University of California San Diego study lend credence to what is called the "July effect" -- a long-held suspicion that July is t...

Who Is Don Berwick and Why Do the Republicans Want to Kill His Nomination?

Linda Bergthold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

One of the major accusations against Obama's nominee to head up the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, Dr. Donald Berwick, is that he "loves" Britain's National Health Service. Ergo, he loves socialism, ergo he is a Marxist.

Gambling On Health

Ellen Snortland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Ellen Snortland

You know your body better than anyone else. If your intuition screams that something is not right, you need to be louder than any expert. You are the final expert on your own health.

Language Access and the Prevention of Medical Errors

Louis Provenzano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Louis Provenzano

The case of Francisco Torres, a Spanish-speaking patient in Riverside, Cali., who had the wrong kidney removed during surgery, once again gives the me...

During Patient Safety Awareness Week, Remember Injured Patients

Anthony Tarricone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anthony Tarricone

This week is Patient Safety Awareness Week, an annual national education and awareness-building campaign that this year carries greater implications f...

Where Are the Firing Offenses in Medicine?

Patrick Malone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Patrick Malone

In the medical industry, for a doctor to lose their license only a flagrant pattern of drug or alcohol abuse or other criminal behavior will put the practitioner out of business. This needs to change.

Boehner's Big Gift to the Drug Industry

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joanne Doroshow

It's always fun to see what politicians try to bury in fine print. Take, for example, the several hundred-page House Republican health care bill introduced by Mr. Boehner Of Ohio.

Let Them Eat Cake: The Anomaly of Compulsory Private Health Insurance

Ellen Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ellen Brown

"Let them eat cake," the notoriously callous words ascribed to Marie Antoinette, were probably said a century earlier by Marie-Therese, the wife of Lo...

Calls for "Tort Reform" Desperate Distraction From Health Care Debate

Anthony Tarricone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anthony Tarricone

There's an epidemic of medical negligence, not lawsuits. Only one in eight people injured by medical negligence ever file suit.

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.

Tort Reform: A Bad Bargain That Won't Fix Health Care

Anthony Tarricone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anthony Tarricone

For most, the term "tort reform" is empty and meaningless. But here's what it means: taking away the legal rights of patients, injured through no fault of their own, and preventing them from obtaining legal recourse.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

A 3 Question Survey About Fixing Healthcare

Deane Waldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deane Waldman

Do not accept the glowing rhetoric of the Bill's advocates or the equally passionate bombast of its opponents. Put aside your personal animus toward who is speaking for or against AAHCA.

Doctors Reap Benefits Of Useless Care

Washington Post | Shankar Vedantam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In August 2005, doctors at Urological Associates, a medical practice on the Iowa-Illinois border, ordered nine CT scans for patients covered by Wellma...

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.