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The Canadian Health Care System – Choices Made (Vs. U.S.) in 1947, 1957, 1964, 1984.

Mike Magee America’s attention is once again on health reform. Even as Republican governors preach caution, the Republican controlled Congress continues to vow to repeal the Affordable Care Act and turn Medicaid into block grants. The U.S. doesn’t exactly have a great track record when it comes to health policy decisions. Compared to Canada, we’ve […]

Indiana University’s Aaron Carroll Debunks US Prejudices Toward Canadian Health Care

Source: The Atlantic Press Here

AARP and the Commonwealth Fund Send Congress a Warning: We Oppose Dismantling Medicaid.

If Tom Price and the Republican Congress plan to roll over health care, they are in for a fight. That is becoming increasingly clear. The latest messenger was the powerful AARP – not commenting (yet) on Medicare, but rather putting out opposition markers to the idea of Medicaid block grants. The complete AARP statement is […]

Ralph Snyderman Challenges the Status-Quo 100 Years After Flexner.

Credit: NEJM Catalyst Mike Magee In Hcom’s most read post of 2016, we challenged the notion of “personalized medicine” as often an empty  “branding exercise”, and subsequently noted a seeming disconnect between NIH supported scientific medical progress and human progress. At around the same time, Ralph Snyderman and his team at Duke published an important […]

President-Elect Trump’s “Better Way”: Expanding Managed Medicaid or Medicare for ALL or….?

Image: KFF Mike Magee This is the week for speculation, especially when it comes to insuring the health of U.S. citizens. With President Obama’s departure, the Affordable Care Act is clearly at risk. The Republicans, with Paul Ryan at the helm, have attempted to challenge the bill over 50 times since its’ inception, the last […]

“Medicaid-for-all” vs. “Medicare-for-all”.

Families USA/Medicaid Expansion Mike Magee The verdict is pretty much in – increasing health coverage through whatever means possible, improves health outcomes. This is especially true for the large numbers of formerly uninsured who are now covered through Medicaid expansion plans offered through the Affordable Care Act. Healthy citizens are not only less sick (which […]

The Three Pillars of the Medical-Industrial Complex – and the Physician. Part 5. Decoupling Research.

VIEW ENTIRE SERIES Mike Magee Historically, for a century since the Flexner report, some 40 premier academic health systems have been the masters and the model for American health delivery, constantly reinforcing the three-prong definition of the ideal senior level “thought leader” and successful academic physician – researcher, teacher, clinician. But in 2009, AHA president, […]

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