Is Insurance Bureaucracy Lengthening Physician Workdays?

The U.S. spends about three times as much on healthcare administration and insurance per capita as Canada. Brookings Institution economist Henry Aaron estimated in 2003 that the U.S. would save more than $213 billion annually in administration and insurance costs if it had a single-payer system similar to that nation’s. Full Story

The Doctor Who Does the Laundry And More Cases of Nonclinical Necessities

Ripley Hollister has been president of his county’s medical society in Colorado Springs and a director of the state’s. He has been a unit commander of the Medical Reserve Corps of El Paso County. Hollister also does the laundry for his medical practice each weeknight: “Is that the way it should be?” he asks. Full Story

Healthy Or Not, You Could Have a Stroke

I recall being silently smug and self-satisfied that I met all seven factors for ideal cardiovascular health at age 60. I convinced myself that, although there are plenty of things that potentially could kill me, heart disease would not be one of them. Then I had a stroke. Full Story

Physician Autonomy Is Under Siege And Morale Is Declining

Physicians who say they are dissatisfied with their jobs list decreasing autonomy as the No. 1 reason. “Physicians are working harder and longer hours for less reimbursement,” said Richard Jackson, chairman and CEO of Jackson Healthcare. “Plus they feel like insurers, government and hospitals dictate how they can treat patients. If we continue to devalue the experience and skills of our physicians, they will become the most expensive data entry clerks in the nation.” Full Story