Headlines I Wish I Hadn’t Seen

Doctors increasingly ignore clinical guidelines for back pain.

If the government shuts down, what next? Heritage Action has no Plan B.

Almost anybody can get a free Obamaphone.

Different specialties within the same hospital can provide very different quality of care to the patients.

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  1. Cory says:

    “Doctors have increasingly ignored clinical guidelines for the treatment of routine back pain by prescribing powerful and addictive narcotics instead of other recommended painkillers”

    I bet this contributes to the large number of painkiller overdoses in the USA

    • Ashley says:

      And it could be all they do.

      “Study authors noted that a 2007 analysis found that narcotics provided little to no benefit in cases of acute back pain and that they had also failed to prove effective in cases of chronic back pain.”

  2. Studebaker says:

    Doctors increasingly ignore clinical guidelines for back pain.

    I don’t have back pain. I’ve also heard that back surgery works little better than a placebo.

  3. Afton says:

    ” As Heritage Action for America pushes lawmakers to kill any bill that funds Obamacare, the conservative group is running into a question it refuses to answer: If the government shuts down, what next?… There is no plan B, there is no ‘what if,’” said one Republican lawmaker who spoke to CQ Roll Call on the condition of anonymity”

    Silly government

    • Wallace says:

      “A senior Republican aide said if the government shuts down in an effort to defund Obamacare, “it’s not hypothetical to know we’ll need a plausible next step or risk harming the overall cause to rid this country of that terrible law.””

      Does this make it a little better?

  4. William says:

    “And in February, the Wall Street Journal reported on an FCC audit of the top five Lifeline providers, which found that “41% of their more than six million subscribers either couldn’t demonstrate their eligibility or didn’t respond to requests for certification.””

    That is quite a big percentage.

  5. Qwerty says:

    On the lifelink phone:

    “I was able to apply on the street for one SafeLink phone and seven Assurance phones. I received one SafeLink phone and two Assurance phones, no questions asked. For several other applications, Assurance sent me requests for more financial information.”

    Yay for waste

    • Patrick says:

      Perverse incentives:

      “And if you’ve been wondering why the companies are so eager to hand out free phones, the incentive is built into the program. As Griffin explains, “Of course, the way the program was set up, [wireless companies] were getting money for every one they could give out, so they gave out as many as they could.””

  6. Linear says:

    “hospital management at higher executive level has greater scope for improving performance in elective than emergency episodes.”

    Good news, I guess

  7. JD says:

    Obamaphones are ridiculous. Of all the things the people need, their own personal phone is not one.