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Memorializing Three Soldiers

Mike Magee CODE BLUE (with publication 1 week from today) began four decades ago in the noontime conference room of Colin (Tim) Thomas, M.D., chairman of surgery at the University of North Carolina, where I completed my surgical training in 1978. Tim’s pre-op conferences exposed us to his broad knowledge and understanding of medical history […]

The WHO’s “Triple Billion” Project

Mike Magee The WHO just released in most recent 5 year strategic plan. The plan in anchored in three “billion” labeled goals: Increase the number of glabal citizens with universal health coverage. Protecting 1 billion more citizens during health emergencies. Ensuring health and well-being for 1 billion more citizens. To reach these onjectives, the WHO […]

“Going Up In Air” – Tobacco Strikes (again)

Mike Magee In chapter 8 (“Masters of Manipulation”) of my soon to be released (Grove Atlantic/June 4, 2019) book, CODE BLUE: Inside the Medical Industrial Complex, I trace the history of Big Tobacco’s complicit relationship with health care, and how unscrupulous marketers from opioid king Arthur Sackler, to stress racketeer Hans Selye, to ADHD opportunist […]

A Message for Apple’s “Top 5” Health Leaders

Mike Magee This week, STAT News led with the headline, “5 names to know at Apple: the people leading its move into health care.” For those following the consumer health space, this was one more bit of bait to attract and catch tech-savvy readers with hints of success that have circulated for nearly two decades. […]

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 […]

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