Headlines I Wish I Hadn’t Seen

Patient wakes up as doctors get ready to remove organs.

Obama orders federal workers to spy on each other.

U.S. hospitals spent up to $4 billion adding angioplasty services over a four year period, but the new services did little to improve access to timely medical care.

Literature review: value-based insurance design produces quality improvement but no cost savings.

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  1. Tomas says:

    “Obama orders federal workers to spy on each other.”

    Reactionary regulations like these are quite dangerous.

    • Jerry says:

      I find that this to be hilarious. I think that is possibly one of the best check and balance policies president Obama has ever implemented.

  2. Sal says:

    “According to the report, doctors had inaccurately diagnosed Burns with irreversible brain damage and ignored nurses who’d noticed signs that Burns was improving”

    Good grief. It’s scary to think we risk our lives to such an extent by undividedly trusting doctors and, yet, their arrogance in many instances can cause us harm, if not our lives.

  3. Sammy says:

    “Patient wakes up as doctors get ready to remove organs.”

    Sounds like a nightmare

    • Jeff says:

      This surprisingly happens quite frequently in Indian hospitals. Because in India, and many other places in southeast Asia. There is a high demand for body organs on the black market.

  4. Cabaret says:

    “The American Academy of Neurology guidelines consist of about 25 tests for doctors to perform to be absolutely sure a patient won’t get better, he said.”

    This seems excessive. Is there a possibility that the government would mandate all of these?

  5. Afton says:

    “Investigations also can be triggered when “suspicious user behavior” is detected by computer network monitoring and reported to “insider threat personnel.””

    If they spy on us, then it makes sense that they spy on themselves.

  6. Devon Herrick says:

    Patient wakes up as doctors get ready to remove organs.

    In the Monty Python movie, The Meaning of Life, a man who signed an organ donor card is startled to find a pair of men knocking on his front door to harvest his liver. The fact the organ donor was not yet dead did not deter them and made for a scene that was hilarious — and rather gruesome.

  7. Randall says:

    I thought federal workers were already spying on each other…

  8. John Fembup says:

    “value-based insurance design produces quality improvement but no cost savings.”

    That’s news you wish you hadn’t seen?

    From the abstract to the Health Affairs article this does not seem like bad news. Is a 3% improvement in adherence to medications significant? I don’t know. But it cant be a bad thing especially because – as the abstract states, the VBID they studied “providing more generous coverage did not lead to significant changes in overall medical spending for patients and insurers.”

    That is, the VBID did not cost much, if anything – and may have had some marginal positive effect on patient health.

    And yeah, more research is needed. Isn’t it always?

    Meanwhile, this news doesn’t seem so bad.