Renegotiating Health Care Waste

The New York Times today cites an Institute of Medicine study with more bad news about waste in the health care system: an estimated 30% of spending was wasted in some way in 2009. That’s about $750 billion. In another study cited, three-quarters of hospitalized patients were unsure who was actually “in charge of their […]

Can Patients Ban Facebook from the OR?

A couple of years back my wife went in for surgery. Her only request to the surgeon was that healing statements be read. The surgeon generally agreed. Now should either of us need to go in for a serious procedure, I’m going insist on something else: a written pledge against the use of technology for […]

The Myth of Magic Elixirs and the Future of Health Care

The ongoing debate around health care reform offers ample evidence that people still believe in magic elixirs. For years we heard that if only tort reform could be enacted, frivolous lawsuits would vanish, defensive medicine would wane, and the health care system’s cost problems would be solved. If only it were that simple. Another wondrous […]