The “crack cocaine” of Canadian universal health care

Michele Bachmann, once again displaying her deep caring for the American people and her intricate understanding of the nuances of health care, voiced her last-minute opposition to Obamacare by stating the President is eager to “Get Americans addicted to the crack cocaine of dependency on government health care.” However inelegant her phrasing, I suspect she […]

The FDA’s new restrictions on hydrocodone are unlikely to solve any problem.

America consumes 80% of the world opioid supply (99% of the world hydrocodone supply), but has about 5% of the world’s population. If you don’t think America has some kind of opioid problem, then move along because this rational, evidence-based, experience-laden way in which I’m going to discuss opioid use and misuse will not interest you. […]

Romney affirms commitment to fetus, but not heart attack victims

The Columbus Dispatch is reporting an interview with Mitt Romney where he once again voiced his belief that a lack of health insurance is just no big deal: “We don’t have a setting across this country where if you don’t have insurance, we just say to you, ‘Tough luck, you’re going to die when you […]

Mitt Romney channels Ebenezer Scrooge on 60 minutes

Last night on 60 minutes Mitt Romney was questioned about health care. When asked if the government had a responsibility to care for the fifty million Americans who don’t have health insurance he replied, “Well, we do provide care for people who don’t have insurance, people — we– if someone has a heart attack, they […]

Sandra Fluke’s information about the pill and ovarian cysts is wrong and why it matters

Sandra Fluke is once again under attack. This time by Representative Joe Walsh. She responded in the Huffington Post to Rep Walsh, writing: I testified before members of Congress not because “I wanted the American people to pay for my contraception,” but because I wanted the private insurance that women pay for themselves to cover […]

The one horror story that’s missing when Canadians talk about health care

I just spent a week in Canada. Most days were spent enjoying the glory that is a Manitoba summer on the sandy shores of lake Winnipeg, the kids playing in the water and building sandcastles while the parents chatted. As often happens, when people find out that I’m a doctor, the conversation turns to medicine. […]

Does HIPAA protect me from providing my employer with information about using birth control?

Arizona, the new Gilead, is considering bill 2625,a piece of legislation that authorizes employers to exempt contraception from healthcare coverage if it is prescribed for, you know, contraception (using the ever eloquent Limbaugh terminology that would be slut use versus non slut use). This is to allow employers with religious “beliefs” to opt out of […]

Messing with reproductive health, Texas style

The Texas Women’s Health Program provides uninsured low income women between the ages of 18 and 44 with Pap smears, STD screening, breast exams, and contraception. Under a rule adopted March 14, 2012 WHP providers must certify they do not “perform or affiliate with an entity that performs or promotes elective abortions.” As the Federal […]

If you believe in universal health care, take this pledge

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has polarized many people (if you are among the 3% that don’t believe me, check out the responses on my post Cancer v. The Constitution). While I am the first to admit the law isn’t perfect (for example, lack of accountability from insurers and providers regarding charges and cost of […]