How Greed Makes for Bad Doctors

May 21, 2010 in Health Care "Reform", Health Policy, Medical Ethics by RangelMD

The study of motivation in economic rewards models provides us a framework by which to look at how greed and the drive to maximize profit leads to more expensive and poorer quality health care.

Even Patients are Marginalizing Primary Care

May 13, 2010 in Health Policy by RangelMD

Patients take their cues from the current system where primary care providers are seen as little more than purposeless “gatekeepers”.

Nurse Practitioners and the “Art of Medicine”

May 11, 2010 in Health Policy, Medicine by RangelMD

Do nurse practitioners have the training and experience to understand and apply the “art” of medicine in their practices?

Texas Border Health Sucks

May 10, 2010 in Health Policy by RangelMD

A 2009 survey of 353,000 American adults from 187 metro areas asked 13 questions about basic access to health care and healthy lifestyles.

Three Cheaper Alternatives to Expensive Tests.

May 7, 2010 in Health Policy, Medicine by RangelMD

These three simple tests could save money and improve health care quality but, as usual, they are not covered by insurance.

MRI Abuse

May 6, 2010 in Health Policy by RangelMD

What happens when your health care provider doesn’t have either the time or the experience and training to perform a proper diagnostic work up for your symptoms? Why, they just order an MRI!

How the Federal Government Screwed up Health Care Costs

May 3, 2010 in Health Policy by RangelMD

Health care costs just keep going up. You can blame anyone you want but currently the elephant in the room is the Federal government and the dysfunctional way it establishes Medicare reimbursement rates.

Massachusetts to Force Doctors to Accept Lower Rates or Lose License

April 16, 2010 in Health Care "Reform", Health Policy by RangelMD

What the hell is going on in Massachusetts?

“Where’s My Free Obama Care?”

April 9, 2010 in Health Care "Reform", Health Policy by RangelMD

Still waiting for your Obama check to arrive in the mail? Keep waiting.

Let the 21% Medicare Pay Cut Stand!

April 6, 2010 in Health Care "Reform", Health Policy by RangelMD

Given the political difficulty in fixing the perpetual 21% Medicare pay cut, maybe a few million angry voters will help things.