Is Cocaine Really That Harmful?

February 9, 2010 in Health Policy, Medicine by RangelMD

In 1986, Maryland basketball player and NBA 2nd overall draft choice, Len Bias had a seizure and died from a single intranasal dose of cocaine. In 2010 one guy uses cocaine to “unwind” on the weekends and wonders if it really is that dangerous.

Phobia of the Day

February 8, 2010 in Medicine by RangelMD

And the phobia* of the day is: “Wrongcontextophobia“. The fear of sending a sensitive and personal text to the wrong contact on your smart phone (or in the wrong context).
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Vaccines: Victims of Poor Marketing

February 5, 2010 in Health Policy by RangelMD

Obviously vaccinations suffer from a battered public image these days. What is needed is a new advertising campaign.

Abstinence-only Education Works After Religion is Taken Out

February 2, 2010 in Health Policy, Medical Ethics by RangelMD

Abstinence-only sex education has never been shown to work well. What if they just threw out all of that “no sex until marriage” stuff and instead, focused on the hazards of teenage sexual activity?

The Diabolical Plan of Lawyers and Democrats to Keep Down Health Care Costs

February 1, 2010 in Health Care "Reform", Medical Legal by RangelMD

Trial lawyers and Democrats already know what happens to the practice patterns of physicians when their malpractice liability goes up. That’s why Washington has all but ignored national medical malpractice reform lately.

Higher Visit Co-pays Backfire

January 29, 2010 in Health Policy by RangelMD

Q: What happens when the chronically sick and elderly have to pay more out of pocket every time they see their doctor? A: They go to the hospital more. It’s not cost shifting. It’s Medicare.

Getting What You Pay For: Primary Care

January 25, 2010 in Health Care "Reform" by RangelMD

How much would you pay for real primary medical care?

How To Fix The Great Powered Wheelchair Money Pit

January 23, 2010 in Health Policy by RangelMD

Millions in tax payer money is wasted per year on Medicare purchased electrically powered wheelchairs and scooters. Much of this is from improperly filled out or missing documentation but I suspect that even more is because of needs and use that is not really completely medically necessary.

Office Wait Times to Worsen in California

January 22, 2010 in Health Policy by RangelMD

A new California law set to start in 2011 will mandate minimum times to get an appointment to see an HMO doctor. It’s a great example of using brute force legislation to try and fix a problem without addressing the root causes. You go, California!

Poll: 80% Americans Want to Legalize Medical Marijuana

January 21, 2010 in Health Policy, Medicine by RangelMD

The percentage of Americans who support some form of legalized marijuana continues to increase to near record levels. This is unprecedented in a nation that has a hard time uniting and agreeing on anything short of war and yet Washington remains mute on this issue.