Entries in the Category "Medicine"

Canada: not socialized medicine, just national socialism

Canada bans private insurance for essential health needs, but it is not a socialized system. Doctors and hospitals are private.

That bit of insane hair-splitting comes from an article about a Canadian who came to Buffalo to have his brain cancer treated in time...and who is now suing the Ontario health-care system to cure its brain cancer.

Mano: this is your brain. This is your brain on single-payer health care. Any questions?

Cleveland Clinic: no smokers need apply

I don't know quite what to make of this. I don't smoke, and never have, and don't like being around it. But I've lived 51 years on this planet without peeing in a cup, and don't intend to start now. If I worked for the Clinic, I would consider this a violation of privacy.

"While the public health goals of such policies are clear and commendable, promoting the healthy lifestyles and reducing risky behaviors ought not come at the price of basic freedoms," argued Summer Johnson of the Center for American Progress, a progressive think tank in Washington.

What "basic freedoms" are we talking about here? Freedom of association and contract? Well, we know a "progressive" think tank isn't going to support those. The "freedom" to work in whatever industry you want? The big danger is that quasi-governmental cartels like the AMA will make this standard operating practice. Otherwise, the nicotine-addicted could find nicotine-addicted doctors, and everyone would be happy.

Taking the (tap) waters

You "take the waters" for your health, right? That's what mineral water bath spas are supposed to be about, right?

Here's government health care at Saratoga Springs.

If it were a private company doing this, they'd be closed down STAT. I bet that Xanterra will take the rap on this, even though it was obviously done with the knowledge of park officials.

Gumby Dental Care Ltd.

Gordon Cook can't find a NHS dentist. So he's been gluing his loose crown on with Super Glue. It holds for about 2 months. He's been doing this for 3 years now. I'd be hesitant to introduce anything called CYANOacrilate into my mouth (It's bad enough that my dentist has me swabbing my mouth out with industrial waste). But "'es not dead yet!"

What's a bit bizarre is the lack of reading comprehension of most of the American commentators on this story. Cook wasn't being offered a new crown for £100; that was the price for gluing the old one on. I recently had exactly that procedure done. Assuming no fracture or other problem of the base preparation, it's about a 5 minute job: clear the old adhesive out of the crown, put new in, dry off the tooth base, and stick it on. I can't tell you exactly what it cost DenteMax, as I had a cleaning and checkup done at the same time (I may have it on a sheet at home), but I remember a billed cost for all of about $160 (I was out of pocket $26). In any case, ca. $189 for the proper adhesive and the expertise that a security manager could have seems steep to me.

Well, if the incoming Senate leadership has its way, we may find out such things sooner than we wish to.

Will the Girlie-Man sign...

...California's new universal health care bill? Dollars to donuts he does.

The problem with actors running for office is that they're used to being adored, and can't cope with not being liked.

Speaking of Hillarycare, partisans can find a great mastur-work at http://steelturman.typepad.com/thesteeldeal/2006/08/another_piece_o.html

Thanks to Mr. Beck.

Blunt doc saved by judge

Dr. Terry Bennett uses some pretty stark language with his patients when he thinks it's necessary. The NH Board of Medicine wanted to discipline him for that. Judge Edward Fitzgerald disagreed:

"It is nonetheless important ... to ensure that physicians and patients are free to discuss matters relating to health without fear of government reprisal, even if such discussions may sometimes be harsh, rude or offensive to the listener," he concluded in the ruling Wednesday.

Fitzgerald also ruled that state and American Medical Association requirements to treat patients with "compassion and respect for human dignity and rights" are so vague they are unconstitutional. Bennett probably would have won his challenges before the board, the judge said.

If a patient thinks that a doctor is rude, he can fire him. This is not an area (if there is any area) where governmental professional boards should have any say. Myself, I'd rather have a doctor who cared enough to get in my face.

And of course, sellers of foods, drugs and supplements apparently don't have the same freedom, for some odd reason.