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An Alternative Way to Provide Healthcare for Veterans

The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has been under considerable scrutiny because of ongoing scandals; an independent evaluation found the VHA lacking. This article examined the cost impact of enrolling veterans (the 9.079 million who are currently enrolled in the VHA, the 6.633 million who use the VHA for care, or the 1.757 million VHA users […]

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Are Mandatory Electronic Prescriptions in the Best Interest of Patients?

Starting in March of 2016, all prescriptions in New York State must be electronic prescriptions (also known as “e-prescriptions”) in which prescribed medications are transmitted over the internet to a specific pharmacy. This will be mandatory, and prescriptions done by paper, fax, or a phone call to the pharmacy will no longer be permitted. Currently, […]

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The Hippocratic Oath, the US Health Care System, and the Affordable Care Act in 2015

  The original confines of medical knowledge under which the Hippocratic Oath was created have expanded considerably. Given the evolution of technology over the past 25 centuries, some of the Oath’s stances on issues such as abortion, euthanasia, and surgery have been subject to varied interpretations. However, 2 of its guiding principles have proven universal […]

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Why Are Drug Prices Higher in the US?

On 1000-Fold Pharmaceutical Price Markups and Why Drugs Cost More in the United States than in Mexico On July 15, The Washington Post’s Wonkblog posted a story titled “This $153,000 Rattlesnake Bite Is Everything Wrong with American Health Care,”1 accompanied by a striking photograph depicting ascending hemorrhagic lymphangitis and an image of the associated hospital bill, which included […]

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Anthony Bourdain: From ‘Kitchen Confidential’ to Hospital Hallways

Good Advice from Anthony Bourdain My wife and I are big fans of chef Anthony Bourdain. In his bestselling book, Kitchen Confidential,1 Bourdain lists some sage advice for anyone considering a career as a chef. On reading this list, I realized that many of his bon mots apply equally well to a life lived in medicine. Below […]

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