Archives for January 24, 2007

A Must-read for Healthcare Providers

And an object lesson in why we need less regulation, not more:
OpinionJournal – Federation

medGadget and Mark Steyn against Single Payor

And, Mark Steyn let them reprint part of his latest book , “America Alone” on their site; an Exclusive!.  But first Dr. O is on a tear:

Recently, Gov. Schwarzenegger announced his plan to provide universal coverage for health care and declared a war on physicians. We were shocked and appalled to learn that the Governator actually wants to penalize us, clinical providers, with a 2% gross revenue tax that will hit MDs with high operating costs especially hard. His action comes at a time when we are already experiencing unprecedented levels of loss of economic liberties and an ever increasing regulation of our profession.

Even more alarming is the acceptance with which this plan, and others like it, are supported by many of our fellow physicians, politicians and the media. Supporters of universal health care–i.e. socialized medicine–would have us believe that countries like Canada and Sweden provide superior care under their government controlled system. Furthermore, they would like to shame us for being ‘the only advanced country without universal health care.’ Yet, where does the world come for its health care? America. Where did Italy’s richest politician go to have his pacemaker installed? Ohio. When confronted with examples like this, supporters of universal coverage don’t deny the quality of care America provides but argue ours is a broken system that only provides quality care for the privileged. They would have us believe that socialized systems provide an optimal level of care, available ‘for free’ to the masses, yet they refuse to acknowledge the very real, very significant problems plaguing these systems. …

I love a good rant, and that qualifies.  Read it all.

Then comes the denouement, the Mark Steyn quote: however you feel about Single Payor (and it looks like the time to choose-up sides is coming) there’s a point to be had here:

Euro-Canadian socialized health care is, in essence, subsidized by American taxpayers: since the end of World War Two, Washington has assumed the defense costs of its allies, thereby freeing up those countries to spend their tax revenues on lavish social programs. But, if America follows the Hutton plan and “joins the world,” it will reduce its defense expenditures to Euro-Canadian levels. So the next time a tsunami hits Sri-Lanka or Indonesia there will be no carrier groups to divert and save lives. So more people will die, waiting the weeks and weeks it took the sleepytime gals at the United Nations to arrive. Were America to “join the world,” it would have to reduce its funding of the UN and other wold bodies to European levels. And it might have to scale back its domestic agencies so that they’re no longer able to serve in effect as international ones. Which will be tough when some kid in some village on the other side of the world comes down with some weird illness no one’s seen before and they want to FedEx the test tube to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta to figure out what’s going on. Indeed, even relatively advanced societies admired by the likes of Will Hutton take it as routine that the CDC is a kind of Health Ministry of last resort. …

I am not about to say American healthcare is substandard.  I will certainly agree it is fantastically expensive for those who can pay and terrifically slow for those who cannot; this is not the same as unobtainable, as there is a safety net in virtually every county in America (your county hospital).  OTOH, I work in a private ED that accepts everyone without regard for insurance, status or legality and gives each the same level of care.  They get admitted or discharged on their medical merits, period. 

American healthcare is very American, in that it’s terrifically accommodating, has astounding abilities and also unfortunately is subject to the “I want it now and I’ll pay for it later (sucker)” mentality, and socialism in a country with no barriers to insist on More, Now scares the hell out of me.

So, count me out on Socialized Medicine / Single Payor.

Diabetes Mine has a new book out

From Amy Tenderich, Blogger Extrordinaire and Lilly Award Winner:
KnowNumbersI wanted to let you all know that the new book I’ve  co-authored with Dr. Richard Jackson of Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston is now published! 
It’s called Know Your Numbers, Outlive Your Diabetes – the first-ever hands-on guide to help patients identify and manage their most critical health risks with diabetes.  It also guides people in setting doable action plans, giving them confidence and hope that a long and healthy life with diabetes is possible.

We’re very excited, and early reviews from doctors, educators and other patients are big thumbs-up so far.
The book is available at Amazon, Borders, Barnes & Noble, etc.  As of today, you can also order a copy directly off my blog ( and get a free trial pack of ExtendBars (slow-release carb snack).
Check it out.
Thanks much!
– Amy

So, if it at all interests you, please get a copy!