health care policy

News Capsules (September/October 1999)

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Compiled by Medical Sentinel Editors
Article Type: 
News Capsules
Issue: 
September/October 1999
Volume Number: 
4
Issue Number: 
5

Kudos to Dr. Camardese

Dr. Nino Camardese of Norwalk, Ohio was honored to be a guest speaker at the 27th annual national convention of the American Academy of Physician Assistants which took place in Atlanta, Georgia, May 29-June 3, 1999.

"Snake Oil" Cures in Health Care Policy Blunderland

Author: 
Thayer Smith, MD
Article Type: 
Correspondence
Issue: 
September/October 1999
Volume Number: 
4
Issue Number: 
5

Dear Editor,
Conrad Meier's article on snake oil in health care policy (Medical Sentinel, May/June 1999) deftly calls attention to the adverse effects of state-mandated coverages in health insurance policies. Required inclusion of many paramedical services, routine checkups, and other ancillary items progressively boost premiums beyond an affordable range, with the predictable result that there are fewer people who take out insurance or continue existing policies.

Health Care and the "Distributive Ethic" --- "Natural Rights" vs. Socialism

Author: 
Lawrence R. Huntoon, MD, PhD
Article Type: 
Feature Article
Issue: 
September/October 1999
Volume Number: 
4
Issue Number: 
5

In view of Dr. Faria's essay, "Is There a Right to Health Care?" in the July/August 1999 issue of the Medical Sentinel,(1) and an editorial which appeared last year in The New England Journal of Medicine,(2) which spoke of a "distributive ethic" akin to corporate socialized medicine, and the collectivist drive toward a right to medical care in America with new proposals for a 28th Amendment to the U.S.

The Future and Its Enemies by Virginia Postrel

Author: 
Reviewed by Bert Loftman, MD
Article Type: 
Book Review
Issue: 
November/December 1999
Volume Number: 
4
Issue Number: 
6

Virginia Postrel's book, The Future and Its Enemies, is about the forces that create the future. The author makes some interesting points and brings unique insights that may be of interest to physicians who are attempting to understand and influence the changes occurring in our health care delivery system. However, the book has some flaws, including the author's seeming acceptance of corporate socialized medicine as the product of a normal free market.

Mercurial Logic

Author: 
Hilton P. Terrell, MD, PhD
Article Type: 
Commentary
Issue: 
March/April 2000
Volume Number: 
5
Issue Number: 
2

Some of those agencies which fancy themselves as legitimate controllers of medical care have shot themselves in the foot. Vaccination authorities decided some time ago that the hepatitis B immunization series should begin in the newborn period, despite very low risk of hepatitis B during the pediatric years and uncertainty as to the residual protection when those infants enter the years of increased risk from medical occupations, IV drug abuse, and promiscuous sexual practices.

News Capsules (May/June 2000)

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Compiled by Medical Sentinel Editors
Article Type: 
News Capsules
Issue: 
May/June 2000
Volume Number: 
5
Issue Number: 
3

Clinton and the GOP on the Uninsured

In President Clinton's 2000 State of the Union Address and the Republican response by Senator Bill Frist, M.D. (R-TN), there is evidence there is going to be another compromise in the Patients' Bill of Rights legislation. President Clinton asked Congress to pass a real Patients' Bill of Rights. Sen. Frist agreed although he added, "We see lawsuits as a last resort, not the first."

Lessons From Tennessee's Failed Health Care Reform

Author: 
Merrill Matthews, Jr., PhD
Article Type: 
Report from the States
Issue: 
July/August 2000
Volume Number: 
5
Issue Number: 
4

Although President Bill Clinton's massive health care proposal did not become law, several states adopted variations of it to make health insurance more accessible and affordable for their citizens. Among the most ambitious of these state-based plans is TennCare, which Tennessee officials proudly described as a less ambitious version of the Clinton plan. Rather than provide a model for how government can improve health care, however, TennCare offers other states lessons on what they should and should not do.

Vermont's Health Insurance Mess

Author: 
John McClaughry
Article Type: 
Report from the States
Issue: 
July/August 2000
Volume Number: 
5
Issue Number: 
4

Skyrocketing health insurance rates for Vermonters is the result of a decade of unwise political interventions in the insurance market, according to a new report issued by the Ethan Allen Institute.

A Warning From Minnesota

Author: 
Twila Brase, RN, PHN
Article Type: 
Report from the States
Issue: 
July/August 2000
Volume Number: 
5
Issue Number: 
4

In 1991, the Minnesota Health Care Access Commission, an advisory consultant group, recommended a comprehensive package of health care reform initiatives and a funding mechanism for them. Writing in the Heartland Institute's Intellectual Ammunition (March/April 2000), as president of Citizens' Council on Health Care, I advised state legislators seeking to expand health insurance coverage that they should learn from Minnesota's "costly experiment" what they should not do when passing new laws.

Enhancing Access Via Medical Freedom --- Call It MSA Empowerment

Author: 
Miguel A. Faria, Jr., MD
Published Date: 
August 1, 2000
Article Type: 
Editor's Corner
Issue: 
July/August 2000
Volume Number: 
5
Issue Number: 
4

Despite the assurances by managed care proponents that health maintenance organizations (HMOs) and other forms of managed care would solve the duel problem of spiraling health care costs and the rising number of the uninsured, that has not been the case. Public-private partnerships and managed care health initiatives which have been promoting the herding of workers and Medicaid and Medicare patients into HMOs have likewise failed to alleviate those problems, at least for the long haul.

Is There a Right to Health Care? An Opposing View

Author: 
Anthony Curzi
Article Type: 
Correspondence
Issue: 
July/August 2000
Volume Number: 
5
Issue Number: 
4

Dear Dr. Faria,

I would like to share my thoughts with you on the question of whether or not health care is or is not a "right." (Medical Sentinel 1999;4(4):125-127).

The Patients' Bill of Rights --- Thermopylae 2000?

Author: 
Miguel A. Faria, Jr., M
Article Type: 
Commentary
Issue: 
July/August 2000
Volume Number: 
5
Issue Number: 
4

If and when the Patients' Bill of Rights and managed care reform legislation comes out of conference committee, congressional Republicans are set to walk into a Democratic ambush this presidential year, the likes of which has not been seen since the dramatic battle at the ancient Pass of Thermopylae, the vital gateway to the heart of vulnerable Athenian democracy.(1) Another Republican debacle could have direful reverberations for the Congressional and Presidential elections of 2000.

Is There a Duty to Die? (Biomedical Ethics Reviews) by James M. Humber and Robert F. Almeder (eds.)

Author: 
Reviewed by Jerome C. Arnett, Jr., MD
Article Type: 
Book Review
Issue: 
September/October 2000
Volume Number: 
5
Issue Number: 
5

The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings;
the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.

Sir Winston Churchill

From Webster's Dictionary:

Benevolence --- the disposition to do good; ...love of mankind, accompanied with a desire to promote men's happiness, an act of kindness, ...charity given.

Altruism --- regard for and devotion to, the interests of others as an ethical principle.(1)

The Hand of God --- A Journal from Death to Life by the Abortion Doctor Who Changed His Mind by Bernard N. Nathanson, MD

Author: 
Reviewed by Delbert H. Meyer, MD
Article Type: 
Book Review
Issue: 
September/October 2000
Volume Number: 
5
Issue Number: 
5

Dr. Bernard Nathanson, co-founder in 1969 of the National Abortion Rights Action League, helped make abortion legal. As director of New York City's Center for Reproductive and Sexual Health, the world's largest abortion clinic, and the nation's most prominent abortionist, he presided over 60,000 abortions.

Hillary Care --- Is It Coming To New York?

Author: 
Karen Shore
Article Type: 
Report from the States
Issue: 
September/October 2000
Volume Number: 
5
Issue Number: 
5

Hillary Rodham Clinton held a Town Hall Meeting during the first hour of NBC's Today Show on May 11, 2000, 7:00-8:00 a.m., eastern standard time. For the other time zones, it was taped so that all zones saw it at the regular Today Show time (7:00-9:00 a.m. in each time zone; this was shown in the first hour in each). Katie Couric and Matt Lauer hosted it (they are the usual Today Show hosts). The Today Show invited sixty New Yorkers to be the audience. We were told to prepare two questions to ask Mrs Clinton.

News Capsules (September/October 2000)

Author: 
Compiled by Medical Sentinel Editors
Article Type: 
News and Analysis
Issue: 
September/October 2000
Volume Number: 
5
Issue Number: 
5

Managed Care and Medicare

"An estimated 711,000 elderly and disabled Americans will be dropped from the broad coverage of HMOs next year as health plans continue their flight from the government-run Medicare program, according to a health industry survey released yesterday," writes Dan Morgan in The Washington Post (6/30/00).

MSAs Flourishing in South Africa

Author: 
National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA)
Article Type: 
Report from the States
Issue: 
November/December 2000
Volume Number: 
5
Issue Number: 
6

Medical Savings Accounts (MSAs) captured half the market for private insurance in South Africa during the regime of Nelson Mandela, according to a new study by the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA). The study is a first-of-its-kind analysis of MSA plans using insurance company records done anywhere in the world.

Missouri --- The Spin-Meister Visits My Town

Author: 
Conrad F. Meier
Article Type: 
Report from the States
Issue: 
November/December 2000
Volume Number: 
5
Issue Number: 
6

On July 6, 2000, President Clinton came to Columbia to "lobby" for his so-called patient rights bill. Without saying so, Clinton was here to support Governor Carnahan (a staunch supporter of the original Clinton socialized health care plan and author of the state's failed universal health care legislation) in his bid for John Ashcroft's Senate seat. Clinton's patient rights bill failed passage in the Senate by one vote - none other than Senator Ashcroft's. Hmmm!

Orthodox Constitutionalism

Author: 
Lawrence R. Huntoon, MD, PhD
Article Type: 
President's Page
Issue: 
November/December 2000
Volume Number: 
5
Issue Number: 
6

The history of "King HCFA" is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of absolute Tyranny over physicians and the practice of medicine in these United States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

"King HCFA" has refused his assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good via administration of an unConstitutional government program.

Code Blue: Reviving Canada's Health Care System by David Gratzer, MD

Author: 
Reviewed by Greg Scandlen
Article Type: 
Book Review
Issue: 
Spring 2001
Volume Number: 
6
Issue Number: 
1

Long the shining beacon for the American Left, the grand example of successful socialism on North American soil, the Canadian health care system is falling apart, or so says David Gratzer in Code Blue: Revising Canada's Health Care System.

Over-Regulation --- Will President Bush Lighten the Burden?

Author: 
Robert J. Cihak, MD
Article Type: 
President's Page
Issue: 
Spring 2001
Volume Number: 
6
Issue Number: 
1

In his campaign, President Bush pledged to reform the health care system to make it patient-driven, not government-run" to leave "medical decisions in the hands of physicians instead of insurance companies," and to offer "more and better choices to consumers."

Ritalin --- Pharmaceutical Blackmail

Author: 
Vin Suprynowicz
Article Type: 
Commentary
Issue: 
Spring 2001
Volume Number: 
6
Issue Number: 
1

About that "zero drug tolerance" policy in our schools: Does it really mean what it says? Or would it come closer to the truth for school administrators to admit what they really oppose are pushers offering competing consciousness-altering substances?

Canada's Fatal Error --- Health Care as a Right (Part I)

Author: 
Michael E. Aubrey, MD
Article Type: 
Feature Article
Issue: 
Spring 2001
Volume Number: 
6
Issue Number: 
1

There is something wrong with medicine in Canada today. This conclusion can and probably has been reached by any member of the profession who has paused from his or her daily endeavors to consider the current state of medicine in this country. Despite rather remarkable advances in the art and science of medicine patient care is deteriorating. The availability of medical services is diminishing and waiting lists are growing longer. Patients are often obliged to seek medical care in facilities far from home.

Ohio Physician Can No Longer Treat Injured Workers

Author: 
Kenneth D. Christman, MD
Article Type: 
Report from the States
Issue: 
Summer 2001
Volume Number: 
6
Issue Number: 
2

I am a plastic and reconstructive surgeon. Yes, I perform cosmetic surgeries. But, I also take care of many seriously injured people. In the last 18 months, I have rebuilt countless fractured faces of every description, mangled hands, and even cared for two lovely young ladies who suffered total scalp avulsions.

Rejecting Medicare Patients

Author: 
Kathryn A. Serkes
Article Type: 
Correspondence
Issue: 
Summer 2001
Volume Number: 
6
Issue Number: 
2

Dear Editor,

Government meddling, not doctors' greed, is the primary reason senior citizens are having trouble finding doctors to treat them. And the problem is much more widespread than reported by USA Today ("Rejections rise for Medicare patients," 2/19/01, Cover story).

A recent survey conducted by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons reveals that nationally, 20 percent of doctors refuse to accept new Medicare patients. The reason? Not fees, but "hassles and/or threats from Medicare."

The 'Tavistock Principles' of Medical Ethics

Author: 
Jerome C. Arnett, Jr., MD*
Article Type: 
Editorial
Issue: 
Summer 2001
Volume Number: 
6
Issue Number: 
2

Draft of statements of Ethical Principles (April 2000) derived from the original proposal and meeting at the British Medical Journal (BMJ) offices on Tavistock Square (and thus the name, Tavistock Principles):

Risk Management Advice to Physicians: Don't Push Gun Control to Your Patients

Author: 
Joe Horn
Article Type: 
Feature Article
Issue: 
Summer 2001
Volume Number: 
6
Issue Number: 
2

One of the best games in town is litigation, and litigating against physicians is even more popular than suing gun manufacturers. Physicians and their malpractice insurance carriers are well aware that litigators are constantly looking for new opportunities to sue. Let's talk about one of those new areas of liability exposure.

Canada's Fatal Error --- Health Care as a Right (Part II)

Author: 
Michael E. Aubrey, MD
Article Type: 
Feature Article
Issue: 
Summer 2001
Volume Number: 
6
Issue Number: 
2

In Part I of this essay, we discussed how Canada committed the fatal error of proclaiming that health care is a right and ended up with socialized medicine. In Part II, we will now discuss the long term consequences of this decision. Perhaps, the U.S. can learn from our mistake.

 

The Laws of Supply and Demand

 

Medicaid and Health Care Reform (Part I)

Author: 
Kyle McCammon, DO
Article Type: 
Feature Article
Issue: 
Summer 2001
Volume Number: 
6
Issue Number: 
2

In 1965, Medicaid was established as a jointly funded federal-state entitlement program to pay for the medical services of qualified low-income people. At the federal level, the program is administered by the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).(1-3)

Physicians Fire Back --- At Last!

Author: 
Robert J. Cihak, MD
Article Type: 
President's Page
Issue: 
Fall 2001
Volume Number: 
6
Issue Number: 
3

In the last issue, I wrote about the possibility and hope of top down Medicare reform. But there's even greater hope of reform from the bottom up. More and more physicians are seeing through the smoke and mirrors of the current managed care and government systems. Physicians in all parts of the country are firing their managed care plans and managers.



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