Rationing

Perspective of Former Canadian Physician

Perspective of Former Canadian Physician

It is basic economics that since a single payer system of health care has zero attached costs at the point of service, the system is overrun with demand for care. Since no government on earth can finance infinite demand for anything, the inevitable occurs and the government must ration care.  In Canada, rationing is done in a covert manner by limiting medical resources.

CCHF Connects with Lawmakers on Patient Privacy, Opioid Crisis

CCHF Connects with Lawmakers on Patient Privacy, Opioid Crisis
ST. PAUL, Minn.Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF) is reaching out to lawmakers regarding two matters in the ongoing “opioid crisis.”
 
First, CCHF sent a letter to leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, urging them to keep private the medical records of those undergoing substance abuse treatment. 

Charlie Gard Has Shown Us Our Future Under the Affordable Care Act

Charlie Gard Has Shown Us Our Future Under the Affordable Care Act

ST. PAUL, Minn.—The parents of Charlie Gard have announced that they will let their 11-month- old son die. After months of fighting to save his life and free him from the death grip of the British medical system, the British boy with mitochondrial depletion syndrome, a rare genetic disease that causes progressive muscle weakness, will soon be removed from life support. 

 

Medicare Experimenting on Senior Citizens? No Bones About It

Medicare Experimenting on Senior Citizens? No Bones About It

ST. PAUL, Minn.—A new rule in the Affordable Care Act will allow Medicare to “experiment” on the nation’s senior citizens by forcing bundled care payments for some hospitals and doctors. The rule will “test whether bundled payments to acute care hospitals for episodes of care will reduce Medicare expenditures while preserving or enhancing the quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries.”

Scary Business

Scary Business

On Friday, the Obama administration published a final rule on physician payment for 2016. The 1,358-page Medicare rule, with the names of 28 bureaucrats you can contact with questions, makes changes to physician payment and Medicare Part B. A similar rule will be issued next year for 2017 and likely every year after.  Who has time to read these??

Stacking the Deck Against Patients

Stacking the Deck Against Patients

There’s trouble ahead for doctors and patients. Last Friday, the eleven members of the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee were announced. It includes seven physicians to advise HHS on how to pay doctors differently. Republicans established the committee in the “Doc Fix” bill (MACRA, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015), which President Obama happily signed because it expanded Obamacare controls.

Refusals: Tale of 3 Gov’t Health Care Programs

Refusals:  Tale of 3 Gov’t Health Care Programs
Refusals are common in government programs. The only question is who refuses and who gets refused. Find below three tales of refusals and who’s being impacted – for good or for bad.

Training New Doctors for the System

Training New Doctors for the System
Medical schools are creating a new type of doctor. National Public Radio recently discussed medical training in the 21st century:

Your Doctor, the Robot

Your Doctor, the Robot

Will robots dictate medical treatment? In “Could Artificial Intelligence End the Electronic Medical Record Nightmare?” physician Kevin R. Stone says doctors, nurses and patients used to talk with each other to share information and solve problems, but now, “The electronic medical record has killed the oral science.” 

‘Recommendations Become Requirements’

‘Recommendations Become Requirements’

Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom’s Twila Brase Says New Bill Will Give Feds Even More Control over Health Care

ST. PAUL, Minn.—A new bill has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that will give the government even more control over Americans’ private data and medical decisions.