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Running a Health Care System: As Natural As Mother’s Milk?

Mike Magee The latest recorded U.S. birth rate dropped for the second year in a row, down 3% from the prior year. In 2017, there were just under 4 million births, 500,000 fewer than in 2007. Even though there has been a 7% increase in women 20 to 39, women are delaying child birth. Over the […]

Michael Bennet’s “Medicare-Xtra” = “Capitalism + Compassion”.

Mike Magee On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law “Medicare,” a national insurance plan for all Americans over 65. He did so in front of former President Truman, who 20 years earlier had proposed a national health plan for all Americans, and for his trouble was labeled by the AMA as […]

Who named “Ritalin?”

Mike Magee Last week our “somewhat-less-than-excellent” American culture took an extra Trumpian hit. But this had nothing to do with gender abuse, or separating innocent children from their desperate parents, or even moves to knock 20 million Americans off their ACA enabled health insurance. No this latest offense involved celebrities and the super-rich bribing their […]

The Roots of Compassion – Dr. Ralph Snyderman and The 14th Dalai Lama

Mike Magee The issue of “doctor burnout” is front and center at the moment. It’s not a particularly new issue. I grappled with it way back in 1980, with soul-searching sessions at the Massachusetts Medical Society at the time. The focus then was on inadequate reimbursement, but the real issues were fear, depression, and isolation. […]

The (Opioid) Day of Reckoning Is Near.

Mike Magee If you missed the “60 Minutes” interview of Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, he surprised many with his list of contributors to the risk of recession. Here’s his exchange with Scott Pelley: Jerome Powell: We have an unusually large number of people in their prime working years who are not in the labor […]

Why US Women Die in Childbirth

Code Blue Receives Kirkus Star

KIRKUS REVIEW “A doctor and medical historian relies on his experience inside the medical establishment to offer a searing and persuasive exposé of the American health care system. Magee, who is on the faculty of Presidents College at the University of Hartford, has worked as a doctor, a university medical school administrator, a hospital executive, […]

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