health care policy

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.

Pain Control or State Control?

Author: 
Miguel A. Faria, Jr., MD
Article Type: 
Commentary
Issue: 
Fall 2001
Volume Number: 
6
Issue Number: 
3

You may have heard about the story of the psychiatrist who was prosecuted for murder because he prescribed pain medication for several patients who ultimately died. Nevertheless, you may not have thought about the implications of this news story or about how it may affect you and your loved ones.

Adverse Outcomes Associated with Postpartum Rubella or MMR Vaccine

Author: 
F. Edward Yazbak, MD, FAAP and Kathy L. Lang-Radosh, MS
Article Type: 
Feature Article
Issue: 
Fall 2001
Volume Number: 
6
Issue Number: 
3

ABSTRACT

Fatal Freedom: The Ethics and Politics of Suicide by Thomas Szasz, MD

Author: 
Reviewed by Nelson Borelli, MD
Article Type: 
Book Review
Issue: 
Winter 2001
Volume Number: 
6
Issue Number: 
4

Fatal Freedom, is the latest link in the paradigmatic change of psychiatry, medicine and culture that began forty years ago with the publication of The Myth of Mental Illness by Professor Thomas S. Szasz. The Therapeutic State, The Theology of Medicine, Ceremonial Chemistry and Cruel Compassion, as well as the rest of Dr. Szasz's twenty-five books, bear titles indicating a radical new way to look at our society and the world. Unfortunately, the bulk of the medical profession has only to "suffer" the new insights instead of assimilating them.

Health Care Quality: Would It Survive a Single-Payer System?

Author: 
Robert J. Cihak, MD, and Merrill Matthews, Jr., PhD
Article Type: 
President's Page
Issue: 
Winter 2001
Volume Number: 
6
Issue Number: 
4

n recent years some have been promoting a government-managed, single-payer health care system at state and national levels. What would a state-run system mean to the quality of the U.S. medical services? But first, what does "quality" in medical care really means? Is it an issue of access? Or is it related to "outcomes?" Does it mean the best care available? Or do convenience and cost play a role?

Medicare's Midlife Crisis by Sue A. Blevins, RN

Author: 
Reviewed by Edward Annis, MD
Article Type: 
Book Review
Issue: 
Spring 2002
Volume Number: 
7
Issue Number: 
1

Ms. Sue Blevins' condensed publication Medicare's Midlife Crisis presents an unvarnished, logical, factual and sensible understanding of the multiple contributing factors leading to the crisis facing Medicare today.

From the very beginning of this remarkable treatise, the reader is introduced to the real Medicare, how it came about and how it functions, burdened by thousands of rules and regulations which steadily and increasingly threaten quality medical care for the nation's elderly.

The Patients' Bill of Rights in 2002

Author: 
Miguel A. Faria, Jr., MD
Article Type: 
Editor's Corner
Issue: 
Spring 2002
Volume Number: 
7
Issue Number: 
1

The different versions of the Patients' Bill of Rights passed in the Senate last June and in the House the following August have been stalled in Conference Committee. Writing for the Galen Institute, Grace-Marie Turner asked, "Can Congress in good conscience pass the Patients' Bill of Rights in 2002 and guarantee an increase in the number of uninsured in the midst of a recession? Let's hope not."(1)

Do You Believe in Fairy Tales?

Author: 
Robert R. Urban, MD
Article Type: 
President's Page
Issue: 
Spring 2002
Volume Number: 
7
Issue Number: 
1

This is the story of a young man who believed in himself and in the American system. After high school and a two-year hitch in the army just after World War II, he worked his way through college and medical school, married his high school sweetheart, completed his training, and found the small town of his dreams.

Bombing Phenylpropanolamine

Author: 
Hilton P. Terrell, MD, PhD
Article Type: 
Commentary
Issue: 
Spring 2002
Volume Number: 
7
Issue Number: 
1

On November 6, 2000, a prepublication version of an article concerning a relationship between phenylpropanolamine and stroke was released for Internet posting.(1) The reason for the early release of the study was a judgment that the information was so critical that waiting even a few weeks would endanger the public health. Triggered by this report, all products containing the drug were withdrawn from store shelves. These actions are a nationwide equivalent of evacuating a shopping mall because a suspicious package has been found that might be a bomb.

Maryland's Single-Payer Proposal

Author: 
Conrad F. Meier
Article Type: 
Report from the States
Issue: 
Summer 2002
Volume Number: 
7
Issue Number: 
2

A proposal to implement single-payer health care in Maryland could cost the state as many as 117,000 jobs and as much as $4.89 billion in lost payroll tax receipts, according to a study jointly released last November by The Heritage Foundation and the Maryland Foundation for Research and Economic Education (Maryland FREE).

What Does a Right to Health Care Really Mean?

Author: 
Kristopher McGee, MS-3
Article Type: 
Student Reflection
Issue: 
Winter 2002
Volume Number: 
7
Issue Number: 
4

A natural right to health care does not and cannot exist. A bogus legal "right" to health care, which can only be established under threat of force, would ultimately mean the destruction of the objective science of medicine.

Faria: Getting US in Line for ObamaCare and Medical Rationing!

Journal/Website: 
Hacienda Publishing and GOPUSA
Article Type: 
Commentary
Published Date: 
Thursday, March 18, 2010

The final word from medical moguls and other pundits is coming out in full force on health care and medical journalism: Americans must be prepared, from the top down, to accept drastic medical and health care rationing. Why? Because "the establishment of the rational allocation of finite resources" (translate: the extensive rationing of medical services) will be desperately needed, if universal coverage, socialized ObamaCare medicine is to have a chance to work in this country.

Faria: ObamaCare, Medical Privacy and Gun Rights

Journal/Website: 
GOPUSA.com
Article Type: 
Commentary
Published Date: 
Monday, August 16, 2010
Source: 
http://www.gopusa.com/commentary/2010/08/16/faria_obamacare_medical_privacy_and_gun_rights/

In a previous commentary, we discussed the ramifications of ObamaCare in terms of lowering the standard of American medicine, and the efforts of those in the media in preparing us for the drastic measures of rationing that will necessarily have to be put in place to sustain ObamaCare.

Faria Appointed to CDC Committee

Journal/Website: 
Health Care News
Article Type: 
Article
Published Date: 
Wednesday, January 1, 2003
Source: 
http://www.heartland.org/publications/health%20care/article/11354/Faria_Appointed_to_CDC_Committee.html

Dr. Miguel A. Faria Jr., a retired neurosurgeon, former Clinical Professor of Surgery (Neurosurgery) at Mercer University School of Medicine, and contributing editor to Health Care News, was appointed in September to the Injury Research Grant Review Committee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Gagging medical research

Journal/Website: 
WorldNetDaily.com
Article Type: 
Commentary
Published Date: 
Friday, January 12, 2001
Source: 
http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=7801

Every doctor knows that a gagging patient is a sick patient. But apparently the American Medical Association believes gagging medical research is just dandy when it serves the AMA agenda at the expense of public health.

Tossing medical privacy out the window

Journal/Website: 
WorldNetDaily.com
Article Type: 
Commentary
Published Date: 
Monday, April 16, 2001
Source: 
http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=8863

Americans lost a bit more of their right to privacy last week -- and a little more of the freedom that goes along with it.

On April 12, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that it will be implementing the so-called medical privacy regulations which were written and hurriedly submitted in the closing days of the Clinton administration.

Why is there no Thanksgiving in Havana? by Craige McMillan

Journal/Website: 
WorldNetDaily.com
Article Type: 
Book Review
Published Date: 
Thursday, November 28, 2002
Source: 
http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=16062

Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday. If you don't feel particularly thankful this year, go to the bookstore and buy Dr. Miguel A. Faria, Jr.'s insightful and autobiographical book, Cuba in Revolution: Escape from a Lost Paradise. You will become educated about Cuba, you will learn about America, and you will become very thankful.

Medicine Contracts a Deadly Disease by Craige McMillan

Journal/Website: 
WorldNetDaily.com
Article Type: 
Commentary
Published Date: 
Thursday, April 18, 2002
Source: 
http://www.wnd.com/index.php?pageId=13575

Ultimately, liberalism destroys everything it touches. The disease's carriers, however, go on and on, infecting innocent bystanders and even entire institutions with a dread disease without so much as a single pang of conscience.

HMOs Taking Us in the Wrong Direction

Journal/Website: 
Macon Telegraph
Article Type: 
Letter to the Editor
Published Date: 
Monday, March 8, 1999

Your March 3 editorial "Health Care Industry Wearing Blinders," brings to light much that is transpiring today in health care delivery - from "cowardly" public relations responses at the state legislature to "cynical" radio ads by the managed care industry.

The public outcry you described and the horror story testimonials aired in WMAZ's All About You, managed care series - all support my contention that we are headed in the wrong direction, toward more corporate socialized medicine, to the detriment of patient care.

Restricting Heart Procedures Outmoded

Journal/Website: 
Macon Telegraph
Article Type: 
Commentary
Published Date: 
Saturday, October 6, 2001

This summer Bibb County Superior Court Judge Phil Brown ordered the new State Health Planning Review Board to review the open heart surgery certificate of need (CON) previously granted to Coliseum Medical Center. According to the judge, the former Board's decision was not clear in its findings and may not have followed legal requirements when it approved the CON for the hospital in September 2000.

Public health, social science, and the scientific method (Part II)

Journal/Website: 
Surgical Neurology (World Neurosurgery)
Article Type: 
Article
Published Date: 
Thursday, March 1, 2007
Source: 
http://www.worldneurosurgery.org/article/S0090-3019(06)01079-2/fulltext

In Part I, we discussed in general terms some of the shortcomings I encountered in many of the grant proposals submitted during my stint as a grant reviewer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) in the years 2002-2004 [6]. There is no reason to believe that these epidemiologic and scientific shortcomings have been addressed and corrected in subsequent years.

Public health, social science, and the scientific method (Part I)

Journal/Website: 
Surgical Neurology (World Neurosurgery)
Article Type: 
Article
Published Date: 
Saturday, February 3, 2007
Source: 
http://www.worldneurosurgery.org/article/S0090-3019(06)01080-9/fulltext

During the years 2002-2004, I served in the Injury Research Grant Review Committee (IRGRC, more recently the "Initial Review Group") of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - more specifically, the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC).

Re: Leadership versus Consensus

Journal/Website: 
Surgical Neurology
Article Type: 
Letter to the Editor
Published Date: 
Monday, January 1, 2007
Source: 
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0090301906011189

I wholeheartedly agree and applaud your momentous editorial in November 2006 (I am now in standing ovation), pointing out with pinpoint accuracy the differences and defining characteristics between personal leadership and collective consensus building.

Is There a Natural Right to Medical Care?

Journal/Website: 
Surgical Neurology
Article Type: 
Editorial
Published Date: 
Tuesday, November 1, 2005
Source: 
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0090301905000972

In a memorable editorial, Frank Davidoff, M.D., Editor of the Annals of Internal Medicine (AIM) and Robert D. Reinecke, M.D. of the Jefferson Medical College called for a 28th Amendment to the U.S.

Enhancing Medical Care in the U.S. via Health Savings Accounts (HSAs)

Journal/Website: 
Surgical Neurology
Article Type: 
Editorial
Published Date: 
Thursday, September 1, 2005
Source: 
Surgical neurology, PubMed (Medline)

Over the next three to four years, during President George W. Bush's second term in office, we can expect the United States Congress to continue to move in the direction of improving access and quality of medical care via the implementation of affordable, free market solutions, particularly Health Savings Accounts (HSAs).

Letter to the Editor: Regarding "International Perspective: Neurological Surgery in Nicaragua."

Journal/Website: 
Surgical Neurology
Article Type: 
Letter to the Editor
Published Date: 
Sunday, June 3, 1990
Source: 
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/009030199090014G

I read with interest the article by Robert J. Coffey, M.D., entitled "International Perspective: Neurological Surgery in Nicaragua." The article was informative in its description of neurological surgery per se, but it was unfortunately saturated with much political propaganda (albeit in a neurological journal), which requires some criticism. First, the practice of medicine (and neurosurgery) would not have been as primitive as it was in Nicaragua in 1989 with the Sandinistas if it wasn't for a misdelegation of priorities.

Boomerang: Health Care Reform and the Turn Against Government by Theda Skocpol

Journal/Website: 
Amazon.com
Article Type: 
Book Review
Published Date: 
Monday, May 1, 2000
Source: 
http://www.amazon.com/Boomerang-Health-Reform-against-Government/product-reviews/039331572X/ref=sr_1_1_cm_cr_acr_pop_hist_all?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1&qid=1307111929&sr=1-1

Boomerang by Theda Skocpol, a professor of government and sociology at Harvard University is subtitled, "Clinton's Health Security Effort and the Turn Against Government in U.S. Politics." And indeed, this book is about politics, not about the reality of what went on in those crucial years. One comes out with the impression that the book was written to bring the author to the attention of the Clinton administration.

Overdose of Socialism

Journal/Website: 
The New American
Article Type: 
Article
Published Date: 
Monday, June 21, 1999

On June 23, 1995, a swarm of armed men invaded the Mason, West Virginia medical office of Dr. Danny R. Westmoreland. With their guns drawn, the intruders ordered everyone, including a nine-year-old child, to stand against a wall while the office was ransacked. The marauders were agents of the federal "health police," and they had violated the sanctuary of Dr. Westmoreland's office - which is also his home - and terrorized patients at gunpoint in order to execute a search warrant against the physician.

Federal Assault

A Failure of Communication in the Mental Health Arena

Evidence mounts that Jared Loughner, the 22-year-old disturbed individual accused of the attempted assassination of blue dog, conservative Democrat, U.S Representative Gabrielle Giffords; the cold-blooded killing of five other citizens, including an innocent 9-year-old student and a conservative judge; and the wounding of fourteen people — should have been under psychiatric treatment.



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