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Are We Getting Our Affordable Health Care Yet?

June 28, 2010 in Health Care "Reform" by RangelMD

The Congressional health care reform boondoggle, otherwise known as the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” expanded government funded health care to about 32 million Americans but other than some tepid insurance restrictions, basically screwed the rest of us. How is the new reform law doing at 90 days?

Why the Vuvuzela is So Anoying

June 14, 2010 in Misc by RangelMD

The source of that annoying insect-like buzz heard at world cup matches.

Apple’s Commits “Marketing Puffery” with The iPhone 4 Display

June 10, 2010 in Medicine by RangelMD

Is 300 pixels per inch when viewed at 12 inches the limit of resolution for the human eye? Has anyone checked Steve Job’s math?

Of Arc Reactors, Palladium Toxicity, and “Lithium Dioxide”

June 1, 2010 in Medicine, Misc by RangelMD

Tony Stark developed palladium toxicity that could only be treated with lithium dioxide and the creation of a new element.

One Fewer Pediatrician

May 27, 2010 in Health Care "Reform", Health Policy by RangelMD

The current health care system is doing a good job of driving away primary care providers by fixing it so that the harder they work, the less they make.

Time to Re-Visit the English Rule for Litigation

May 26, 2010 in Medical Legal by RangelMD

Even malpractice litigation that is without merit and is aborted in the early litigation process incurs significant legal costs that are ultimately passed on to the health care system at large.

Why Pay-For-Performance in Medical Practice Won’t Work

May 24, 2010 in Health Care "Reform", Health Policy by RangelMD

In fact, it’s likely to make things worse.

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.

The Dangers of Anti-Acid Therapy

May 19, 2010 in Medicine by RangelMD

There have been concerns about long term acid suppressive therapy. But until recently there has not been much hard data on the risks. That has now changed.

Did the Smallpox Vaccine Slow the Spread of HIV?

May 18, 2010 in Medicine by RangelMD

This is the opposite of the anti-MMR vaccine crowd. Not the least of which is because it is plausible.