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by Dick Morris from biggovernment.com

As the Congress prepared to vote to let us enter the world of waits for doctors, waits for specialists, waits for testing and waits for surgery, radiation and chemo, we should pause to consider the relative records of the private medical care system in the United States with the socialized system in the U.K.

In 2008, Britain had a cancer death rate 0.25% while the United States had a rate of only 0.18%.  The UK cancer death rate was 38% higher than in the United States.

The Guardian, the UK’s left wing daily, estimated that “up to 10,000 people” are dying each year of cancer “because their condition is diagnosed too late, according to research by the government’s director of cancer services.”  While many people die because of late detection due to their own negligence, there is no reason to believe this self-neglect is more common in the UK than in the US.

In Canada, the cancer death rate is 16% higher than in the United States.

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Source: AmericanThinker.com

By Zane F Pollard, MD

I have been sitting quietly on the sidelines watching all of this national debate on healthcare. It is time for me to bring some clarity to the table by explaining many of the problems from the perspective of a doctor.
First off, the government has involved very few of us physicians in the  healthcare debate. While the American Medical Associationhas come out in favor of the plan, it is vital to remember that the AMA only represents 17% of the American physician workforce.
 

I have taken care of Medicaid patients for 35 years while representing the only pediatric ophthalmology group left in Atlanta, Georgia that accepts Medicaid. For example, in the past 6 months I have cared for three young children on Medicaid who had corneal ulcers. This is a potentially blinding situation because if the cornea perforates from the infection, almost surely blindness will occur. In all three cases the antibiotic needed for the eradication of the infection was not on the approved Medicaid list. 

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By: Dale Hurd

There had never been as much political momentum to fix America’s healthcare system.  I use “had” because the wheels have already begun to come off the healthcare reform express that rolled into Washington so confidently. The remedy put forward by the White House and top democrats– an expensive big government solution– scares even members of their own party.

So, after all the sound and fury from Obama about how we have no choice but to fix our healthcare system, I’m betting this effort ends as past efforts, with a whimper.

There’s no question that our healthcare system needs fixing, but how? We have the most expensive healthcare system in the world, some 47 million do not have coverage, and quality of care is uneven. And most of us know of someone who has been financially ruined or taken to the brink by high healthcare costs.

Yet the United States still provides the highest-quality health care in the world. 18 of the last 25 winners of the Nobel Prize in medicine either are U.S. citizens or work here. With no price controls, free-market U.S. medicine provides the incentives that lead to innovation breakthroughs in new drugs and other medical technologies.

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Gird yourself up, doctors. Prepare to join Oil, Pharma, Insurance, Finance, and Automotive as the next group of terrible villains who are victimizing the American people. Prepare for the hue and cry of the media against you and your ‘greed’. Prepare to watch as your motives are purposefully distorted. Prepare to be accused of actually wanting to deny those who are sick and harm those who are well.  Steel yourself for pictures of ill children and elderly accompanied by commentary from reporters about how broken the American system.  Do not be surprised or alarmed but most of all DO NOT BE INTIMIDATED.

There are a lot of reasons to oppose a system that concentrates control in the hands of bureaucrats- too numerous to review in this column.  I will talk about the one reason that the media and politicians will talk about though- GREED.  Doctors will be accused of greed- just wanting to make money.  Sure, there are some greedy doctors out there just as there are greedy cab drivers, professional athletes, waitresses, and accountants.  There are even greedy politicians- greedy for power and influence and the spoils that come therefrom.  So do not allow yourself to be so easily characterized.

Three things about medicine make it a relatively highly paid field: First, it is a high value-added product and as such is more expensive than low value-added products; second, there is a huge investment involved in becoming a physician both in terms of time (7-12 years after college) and money.  Large investments require a higher rate of return to justify them and attract participants; third, the pool of people who are capable of doing the job and actually want to do the job is small.  One of the reasons the profession is able to attract capable people is the prospect of higher earnings in the future.

Do not be made to feel guilty about making good money, doctors- the product is valuable, the job is hard and the investment is large.

But do not forget, doctors, that this debate is about more than money- it is about FREEDOM.  In particular, it is about the patients and their freedom.   The freedom to own and live their lives without the all-invasive oversight and influence of government.  A government that claims to be doing things for them but in actuality is doing things to justify its own existence.

Let me say this to the Patients, though- do not fall for the usual political gimmick- divide and conquer.  Do not allow yourself to be driven by envy and class warfare- they rot your souls and make you pawns in the hands of a demagogue.  You are smarter and better than that.  In your heart you should rejoice that America is the sort of place in which people can work hard and enjoy the legitimate fruits of their labors in free exchange with others.  For in such a place, the sky is the limit for you and your children.

Get ready, doctors, this battle is not for the faint of heart…

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Source: Wall Street Journal

By STEVEN A. BURD

Effective health-care reform must meet two objectives: 1) It must secure coverage for all Americans, and 2) it must dramatically lower the cost of health care. Health-care spending has outpaced the rise in all other consumer spending by nearly a factor of three since 1980, increasing to 18% of GDP in 2009 from 9% of GDP. This disturbing trend will not change regardless of who pays these costs — government or the private sector — unless we can find a way to improve the health of our citizens. Failure to do so will make American companies less competitive in the global marketplace, increase taxes, and undermine our economy.

At Safeway we believe that well-designed health-care reform, utilizing market-based solutions, can ultimately reduce our nation’s health-care bill by 40%. The key to achieving these savings is health-care plans that reward healthy behavior. As a self-insured employer, Safeway designed just such a plan in 2005 and has made continuous improvements each year. The results have been remarkable. During this four-year period, we have kept our per capita health-care costs flat (that includes both the employee and the employer portion), while most American companies’ costs have increased 38% over the same four years.

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Great move by the AMA coming out in opposition to the President’s health care plan.

Here’s the NY Times article about it. Click HERE

There are two ways to control costs- either by market forces or by government fiat. Only the free market allows people to seek out the care they want at the price that is acceptable to them.

Currently there are around 1,300 companies providing health insurance to consumers. This is great because if you get tired of your insurance company you can always switch to another company. This mobility provides an incentive for the health insurance companies to do a decent job servicing their customers.

That dynamic, that freedom, is eliminated when the government is the only ‘insurance company.’ If you don’t like the service you are getting then that is just tough luck because there is no where else to go. Right now the people of Canada, faced with this problem, come to the US to get care. Similarly, there is no freedom to change doctors if you don’t like the one you are assigned.

The insurance company model can be improved by putting the consumer more in control of how their healthcare dollars are spent but it is better than a single payer solution.

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Source: CBSNews.com

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(CBS)  This column was written by Jeff Emanuel, a special operations military veteran and combat journalist. A director emeritus of conservative weblog RedState.com, his writings can be seen there and at Jeff Emanuel.net

Who should have control over your medical care: your family doctor, or a bureaucrat you’ve never met whose sole job is to look out for the government’s financial bottom line?

A ruling earlier this month by a panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals went a long way toward answering that question, as federal judges ruled in favor of three states that had filed suit to have final medical decision-making authority transferred from doctors to state bureaucrats.

In March, Georgia, Florida, and Alabama joined in an appeal of a 2008 U.S. District Court ruling that a patient’s physician was better positioned – and better qualified-to make decisions about that patient’s medical treatment than state bureaucrats.

The case centered on Callie Moore, a disabled teenage girl living in Georgia. A stroke Callie suffered in utero left her suffering from multiple conditions, including cerebral palsy and mental retardation. For the last decade, she has received around-the-clock in-home nursing care, 94 hours of which were paid for by Medicaid, the joint federal/state health coverage program for low-income individuals and families, and the rest by her family.

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