Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Why is Healthcare so Expensive

This, found in Planet Money as a feature on NPR.

Today, NPR featured this video which simplifies the problem(s)

Planet Money explains further.......................

Health Train Express has found that there are many prolific writers from the likes of the WSJ, NPR, and many other sources in the media and the business world who  are addressing healthcare financing.  In some cases they seem to have a better grasp of the big picture while we physicians flail about just trying to survive and earn our daily bread.  Despite that none or few of these writers  have ever had the day to day and night to night responsibilty for human lives they seem to or think they have all the problems accounted for..  Yet their solutions do and would have enormous collateral 'damages' to health care as we know it.

The laws of unintended consequences, and perhaps some of the laws of intended consequences must come into play.

Other weblog stuff:

John Hamlaka explains the demise of  AHIC and it's replacement by   a new organization

John D. Halamka, MD, MS, is Chief Information Officer of the CareGroup Health System, Chief Information Officer and Dean for Technology at Harvard Medical School, Chairman of the New England Health Electronic Data Interchange Network (NEHEN), CEO of MA-SHARE (the Regional Health Information Organization), Chair of the US Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP), and a practicing Emergency Physician

What are the ERs doing about Overcrowding?

PLACEBO JOURNAL VIDEO

Some are wondering what effect the looming credit crisis is having on health care

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