Medical Gluttony

By Del Meyer on 01/01/2020 10:07 PM

The International Federation of Health Plans, a group representing the CEOs of health insurers worldwide, publishes a guide every few years on the international cost for common medical services. Its newest report, on 2017 prices, came out this month. Every time, the upshot is vivid and similar: For almost everything on the list, there is […]

By Del Meyer on 12/17/2019 2:40 AM

Hospitals Sue Trump to Keep Negotiated Prices Secret The administration wants to require hospitals to reveal the rates they privately negotiate with insurers for all sorts of procedures, amid the public outcry over surprise medical bills. By Reed Abelson Alex M. Azar II, the secretary of health and human services. . .  said, “American patients […]

By admin on 10/17/2019 8:15 AM

Medicaid was a relatively modest program with about 4 million enrollees and a budget of about $1 billion to be a safety net for those who had “any medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death.” It was intended to be administered by the states, not the federal government. Now […]

By admin on 09/17/2019 3:35 AM

When patients request tests and procedures that are not medically indicated, the common response we always hear. “Hey, it doesn’t cost me anything. It’s covered by my insurance.” But the facts are actually reversed. It does cost and the cost is about twice as high as it could be if he paid directly for this. […]

By admin on 09/02/2019 5:35 PM

I have railed until I’m blue that we physicians could bring this nation to its’ knees in 6 hours. We won’t because the vast majority of us actually care about our patients and we’re not built that way. Having said that, I don’t think there is another way to re-establish our control of medical care. […]

By admin on 08/06/2019 12:36 AM

Gender Transformation Is this section last month we discussed the transgender issue and my personal experience with a transgendered female to male conversion. This type of transition is supported by the American Academy of Pediatrician. The social construction of gender is a theory in feminism and sociology about the operation of gender and gender differences in societies. […]

By Del Meyer on 06/21/2019 1:33 PM

Last month we had a medical grand rounds on Transgenderism. The speaker portrayed a very positive and relatively innocuous transformation. When asked the cost of this transformation, “he” simply stated that it was the usual cost of the require procedures. The required procedures for transgender conversion for a female would entail the following:

By admin on 05/16/2019 8:18 PM

This unsavory complex has gotten so unwieldy and glutinous that it needs to be broken up from a disinterested party. There are now four components of the Healthcare Industry Complex. Why cannot the Medical Association, the Hospital Association, the Health Insurance Industry, or the Government Medicare/Medicaid Center reform Health Care in the United States?

By admin on 04/15/2019 11:29 PM

Only Free Markets Will Save–And Strengthen–Healthcare Steve Forbes | Forbes Staff Policy “With all thy getting, get understanding.” This story appears in the August 31, 2018 issue of Forbes. THE ULTIMATE ANSWER for curing our mostly dysfunctional healthcare markets is to get the patient in control instead of third parties, which primarily are the government, large […]

By admin on 03/02/2019 5:13 AM

The Thirtieth Birthday to the World Wide Web! But your father is optimistic about your future  By Lisa Lacy | Adweek The World Wide Web, was first proposed by computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee in 1989.