How Government Killed the Medical Profession

This is a fantastic essay. It does a great job describing the dysfunctional system in which doctors are becoming increasingly frustrated in trying to care for their patients. Dr. Singer elucidates extremely well the reasons we decided to do away with commercial and government insurance and deal directly with patients. I wish I had written it!  Michael A. Ciampi   How Government Killed the Medical Profession By Jeffrey A. Singer This article appeared in the May 2013 Issue of Reason. I am a general surgeon with more than three decades in private clinical practice. And I am fed up. Since the late … Continue reading

Dr. Big Brother

This entry below comes from the Authentic Medicine Blog edited by Douglas Farrago, M.D. He brilliantly points out that time of Big Brother is here.  The government and insurance companies are third parties that have been inserting themselves into the once sacred doctor:patient relationship for decades.  While they had always claimed that they are not practicing medicine or telling doctors what they can or cannot do for their patients, they really did.  If they refuse to pay for something, that thing will likely not get done, especially because the prices are overinflated because of the administrative cost of dealing with insurers. They … Continue reading

How the AARP Made $2.8 Billion By Supporting Obamacare’s Cuts to Medicare

This blog by Avik Roy, although three years old, is just as true today as it was when first published. Shame on the AARP for selling out its constituents, our country’s senior citizens, solely for political reasons and greed. I will never join, and encourage any members to walk with their feet!   SEP 22, 2012  How the AARP Made $2.8 Billion By Supporting Obamacare’s Cuts to Medicare Avik Roy Forbes Opinion Editor and Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow United States Senator Jim DeMint at a rally for United States Senate candidate Rand Paul in Erlanger, Kentucky. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) As … Continue reading

Medicare Hassling Patients For Medicine Costing $8 Per Year??!!

Just when I thought I could not be surprised at how petty and annoying the insurance companies and Medicare could be, they prove me wrong. I saw a patient today who has been taking a medications called lisinopril.  It is a blood pressure medicine he has used for years.  It can not only lower blood pressure, but can also help the heart, and protect the kidney from diabetes.  Because he has both diabetes and heart disease, he needs to be on this drug.  It has been generic for quite a long time.  In our practice, we can get it for about … Continue reading

A Brave Doctor Takes A Stand

Dr. Kris Held is an ophthalmologist in Texas.  She is someone who puts a higher value on the doctor:patient relationship as defined by Hippocrates than she does working in a bureaucratic system where doctors and patients must get permission from a third party to agree on a treatment plan.  Ever since I started following her even before I joined the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, I have been impressed with her intelligence, courage, and tenacity.  It was brave doctors like her, Dr. Jane Orient, Dr. Keith Smith (at Surgery Center of Oklahoma), and Dr. Lee Hieb who inspired me to … Continue reading

The Myth of Americans’ Poor Life Expectancy

The article below appeared in Forbes Magazine in Nov. 2011.  It was written by Avik Roy, a brilliant columnist, who is now at the Manhattan Institute, a policy think tank. He helps to dispel the common myth that American healthcare is inferior to other parts of the world because of low life expectancy.  In reality, the care provided in our country is superb.  Many of the deaths in the U.S. are due to things not controllable by the healthcare system, such as violent crime and accidental death.  If you control for factors such as that, we find our American medicine … Continue reading

Assume The Physician

  If you are looking for a good book to read that is both deliciously sarcastic and entertaining, while at the same time very educational and enlightening, I strongly recommend Assume The Physician by John F. Hunt, M.D. It is a novel that tells the story of a young intern, Dr. Eddie Marcus, as he goes through his first year of training after medical school.  Each chapter addresses a different aspect of the dysfunction of the American medical system, with a few commentaries about society in general thrown in.  It will simultaneously make you laugh, while at the same time … Continue reading

If You’re On Medicare, You Should Be Angry

Another great piece by Dr. Keith Smith, cofounder of the Surgery Center of Oklahoma. He talks about how the government set up Medicare like a Ponzi scheme. He has some good ideas on how to fix healthcare for generations to come without hurting the people who have paid into the system for years and now need it. … Continue reading

Lessons Learned From The $153,000 Rattlesnake Bite

This story about a man who received a hospital bill of over $153,000 because of a rattlesnake bite has gone viral on social media. (For the Washington Post July 20,2015 story, see below.)   It is one of many examples of out of control hospital and pharmacy charges that make everyone so afraid of seeking medical care because of the overinflated costs. The article does a good job at shedding light on the monopolistic behavior of some of the pharmaceutical companies.  They use loopholes in patent law, as well as shady payoffs to other potential competitors to corner the market for … Continue reading

Dr. Keith Smith: The government wants you to die on a budget

The following is taken from the blog page of The Surgery Center of Oklahoma.  Anyone who knows me knows that I am a huge fan of Dr. Keith Smith and the work he is doing, and inspiring others to do, to save American medicine. After reading/viewing this blog, the biggest question that comes to my mind is this, “The AARP supported (and continues to support) the “Affordable” Care Act.  Obamacare is now effectively putting a bounty on the heads of senior citizens.  So why does the AARP have any members left??!” – Michael A. Ciampi, M.D.   The government wants … Continue reading