Category: Politics and Medicine

Jan 31 2009

From Cranky Bloggers to Peanut Butter: Week in Review

Here’s an update on my Every Patient’s Advocate activities for the week of January 25 to 31: See this icon?  It means this link includes an opportunity for you to participate, beyond just a comment.  However, please remember that your comments to any article or post are always welcome. This icon indicates a piece that …

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Jan 27 2009

Is Google Strong-Arming the Feds to Allow Sale of Health Information?

For several years now, I’ve sounded the warning bells — stay away from those websites that allow you to put your own health records online for free…. You can’t imagine how much grief I’ve taken for that statement.  Especially when I point out that organizations like the Mayo Clinic and the Cleveland Clinic are actually …

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Dec 18 2008

Is Daschle Really Interested in Our Ideas for Healthcare Reform?

I was excited to hear that the new secretary of Health and Human Services, Tom Daschle, was reaching out to the American people for input on what a reformed healthcare system would look like. Imagine — asking the people who must participate. What a unique and exciting concept! That was… until I actually went to …

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Dec 06 2008

Healthcare Dysfunction Spawns Its Own Myths

Shannon Brownlee, the author of Overtreated, manages to rearrange my perspective from time to time.  She takes the facts I have learned, or the concepts I study, and makes me see them in an entirely different light. I may not always agree with her!  But I never fail to learn plenty. This recent article penned …

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Oct 14 2008

Healthcare Reform – Do You Understand the Questions?

We all think we know what healthcare reform means — we think it means something about universal healthcare, right? You might be surprised to learn that “universal healthcare” isn’t what it’s about at all.  It’s about shifting who gets healthcare, figuring out how to pay for it, and knowing that any success we find will …

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