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Current Status of Healhcare System

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Mutterkuchen, Oct 29, 2002.

  1. Mutterkuchen

    Mutterkuchen Senior Member
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    At interviews some people have been asked what they think about this issue. What do you think? Does anyone have any insight?
     
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  3. Camden772

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    JBJ,

    I PMed you.
     
  4. Joe Joe on da Radio

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    i've talked about the conflict of interest between research and private funding, the questionable autonomy of states to cut healthcare costs and provide adequate access to care to their residents, rising malpractice insurance costs that are driving doctors away from certain locations.

    JJ
     
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    once, after i talked about the problems, i was asked what i would do to fix the them. i was like, how da hell should I know? lol
     
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    Hey I wanna hear about that pM. I have been wanting to talk about that too. :(
     
  7. Camden772

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    Tweetie,

    My PM was unrelated to the topic, but if you want I can send you a PM too. :)
     
  8. lady bug

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    I don't see what the conflict of interest between research and private funding is. Private share of total health care expenditures far exceeds expeditures for research each year. The advent of medicare and medicaid and bunch of other programs within the past few decades back has transferred a large portion of the private expenditures into public sector though. May be a good thing, may be a bad...depends on how you look at it.

    Yup, this is a major problem in Florida, where escalating malpractice insurance rates are jeopardizing the situation of many physicians, especially specialists such as ob/gyns. There are steaming debates in the state legislature about how to control these cost rises. I think a significant portion of the blame can be put on devious successful medical malpractice attorneys who are indirectly burdening the health care system....but that's a whole another discussion.
     
  9. gramcracker

    gramcracker Emergency Medicine Attending
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    Here's a couple problems:

    Researchers Have Little Control over drug-company studies

    Or the fact that the 5 top selling drugs in 95, 54 of 84 of the anti-cancer drugs on the market in 1997, and most HIV drugs are all products of federal funding (ie: our tax dollars), and we still pay extravagent prices for them. The Bayh-Dole law says any drugs invented with federal funds have to be "reasonably" prices, but it's pretty much ignored.

    And plus, the health care industry has done a great job of gutting the FDA, so that drug companies and medical device manufacturers can claim their products are effective, when all the studies are funded and conducted by them.
     
  10. Green912

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    About two issues ago in "Mens Health" magazine there was an excellent summary article about health care problems. It seemed to cover most aspects of the problem enough to get someone up to speed. If you're able to I'd recommend getting a copy of it. If I come across a scanner maybe I'll try to post it.
     

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