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Cost vs. Benefit in the Healthcare Reform Debate: More on Pacemakers in Centenarians by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted Mon 29 Jun 2009 4:39pm In its Obama Pacemaker post, the Disease Management Care Blog pointed out that critics would use the President’s convoluted response about the merits of a $30,000 device in a 100-year-old against him. As if on cue, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) editorial pages mined Mr. Obama’s answer and came up with an interpretation that predicts that governmen ... Read on »
EBR Systems and Cambridge Consultants Developed First Wireless Pacing System–Pacemakers Without Leads And Wireless All Con by Medical Quack Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Tue 15 Nov 2011 10:31pm One of the riskiest components of a pacemaker are the leads, the series of wires led through key veins into the heart and then connected to electrodes to control the pacemaker itself. This complicated surgery brings a high level of additional risk.  The leads are also suspected to be one of pacemakers’ critical failure points.  This problem ha ... Read on »
Patient Commentary–Hoag Hospital in Orange County, I Didn’t Need that Pacemaker Said My Tests But Now that I have It by Medical Quack Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Tue 06 Dec 2011 2:14am This was a patient’s comment that was too good to pass up and to just hear someone comment on their experience.  Again not being there and knowing all of his/her clinical conditions I can’t comment much there but he somewhat states he was treated with the best technology money can buy in his opinion. The fact that the Boston Scientific Rep was ... Read on »
Technology Is Not The Reason For Cost Escalation in Health Care – It Is How We Misuse It by Barbara Ficarra Registered NurseHealth Maven Posted Tue 26 Oct 2010 2:18pm Guest post by Stephen C. Schimpff, MD We are often told that the reason for the high cost of medical care is all of our new technologies and drugs. There is an element of truth in that but when used correctly, new technologies save lives and improve the quality of patient care and often improve safety.  But technologies used inappropriatel ... Read on »
Cutting Costs Doesn’t Cut Costs by Dr. J. Deane W. Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted Mon 20 Feb 2012 1:45pm Everyone is talking about healthcare – talking, but not communicating. To communicate successfully, we first need a common language. In healthcare, people don’t agree about the meanings of simple words such as control, cost, cut, free, and charge. The five phrases below are quotes taken from two recent online articles about our d ... Read on »
"F" is for Failure by Dr. Muriel G. Medical Doctor Posted Mon 03 Nov 2008 9:01pm Federal Reserve president Ben Bernanke stood in front of the Senate Finance Committee a month ago and delivered some bad news: the cost of health care is spiraling out of control. And costs will continue to “rise relentlessly,” he said, unless Congress substantially overhauls the health care system (Robert Pear, “Fed Chief Addresses Health Care a ... Read on »
Health Headlines - January 4 by Meredy Registered NurseHealth Maven Posted Thu 23 Oct 2008 2:25pm Painkillers Damage Intestine, U.S. Expert Says More than 70 percent of patients who took painkillers such as ibuprofen for more than three months suffered damage to their small intestines, U.S. researchers reported on Monday. Study Shows No One Knows Which Diets Work Best No one really knows which diets work and which are a waste of t ... Read on »
Will a Pacemaker for the Brain be the Answer for those with Alzheimer’s? by Mom-n-Me Posted Tue 29 May 2012 4:23pm 05/29/2012 By ~ Sandy Leave a Comment by Dane Cross– Maria Mallaband Care Group, a UK based provider of EMI care homes Recent trials suggest that a small device, similar to a pacemaker, may be able to stimulate brain activity when implanted into the brain of Alzheimer’s patients. ... Read on »
Primary Care Physicians Can Greatly Reduce The Costs Of Care, Especially For Chronic Diseases by Stephen Schimpff, MD Posted Thu 13 Oct 2011 12:00am In an earlier post I described the problem of excessive and inappropriate drug prescribing when a patient with multiple chronic illnesses did not have good care coordination by a single primary care physician. In this post I will relate the story of a lady who had an excellent primary care physician but the communication system broke down when s ... Read on »
The Costs and Benefits of Overtreatment by Seth Roberts .. Doctor of Philosophy Posted Sun 20 Jun 2010 12:00am This excellent NY Times Magazine article by Katy Butler describes the awful price paid by the Butler family when her father was given a pacemaker that kept him alive too long. The hospital, surgeon, and pacemaker manufacturer benefited by thousands of dollars. Her father was too out-of-it to make decisions about his health. His wife, who ... Read on »