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Tuesday, November 13, 2007 - 2:31pm

The story begins like so much nonsense. "Just in time for the holidays, you'll be able to buy Dad a gift card that pays for his semiannual trip to the urologist."

That's how a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter described a new health care gift card pushed by Highmark Inc., an insurer. You pay $4.95 for the card and can plop as much as $5,000 on it for doctor visits and prescriptions -- and give to family and friends who are not inclined to pay for needed care.

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Thursday, November 8, 2007 - 1:25pm

The prevailing "culture" of academic medicine -- where docs are educated -- is "individualistic, autonomous, scholarly, expert-centered, competitive, focused, high-achieving and hierarchical."

What the culture needs to be is "collaborative, transparent, outcomes-focused, mutually accountable, team-based, service-oriented and patient-centered."

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Monday, November 5, 2007 - 1:45pm

Medical schools evidently don't put enough stress on rules of the Geneva Conventions.

A survey of 1,700 students in eight medical schools included the following "yes" or "no" questions, according to a story in the Wall Street Journal. Would you: threaten to inject a detainee with psychotropic drugs, without intending to actually do so? Inject a harmless saline solution into a detainee while saying it was lethal? Kill a detainee with an injection? Six percent said they would do all three; more than 25% said they'd do the first two.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007 - 12:40pm

Sometimes you do whatever you can do.

Two new reports that make you want to throw your hands up.

First, the American Hospital Association finds that the cost of uncompensated care in the United States totaled $31.2 billion in 2006, up from $28.8 billion in 2005 and $21.6 billion in 2000. (More info at )

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007 - 8:14am

Most of us would flunk Political Trivial Pursuit -- how can you stay abreast of so many presidential candidates and their spoken/written/interpreted views on health care reform?

Now, the Henry J. Kaiser Foundation has created an easy-to-use Website allowing you to compare candidates' proposals side by side:

Let me know what you think.