Death By a Thousand Cuts

The Robin Hood analogy of “taking from the rich and giving to the poor,” is completely the opposite for those who are struggling to get by on what they make.

The minimum wage earner flipping burgers has money taken from his meager paycheck to pay for Medicare. Those who are on Medicare have assets (own their own home, savings, pensions etc.), and are relatively “rich” compared to the minimum wage worker.

Thus, in many instances, the government takes from the poor and gives it to the rich. Continue reading

Do doctors expire in 10 years? Asks Dr. Chip

Choose Wisely is a CMS backed program used by government, insurance, hospitals and corporate medicine to selectively eliminate physicians who won’t do what they ask and more importantly eliminate physicians who insist on delivering individualized physician care designed to get patients healed or to control their disease as best as possible.

MOC is the method by which Choose wily has control over the situation by requiring in the contracts that physicians comply or be dropped. Voluntary participation is a lie. Continue reading

No Dice: OCC, ACGME, telemedicine

Dr. Craig Wax’s LinkedIn post to Hemanyun Chaudrhy DO head of the FSMB about his posting of a telemedicine article:

Dr. Chaudrhy, let me get this straight. You’re pushing AOA for OCC MOC MOL and the regulatory capture of medicine, and the ACGME takeover of Osteopathic medicine training programs, and for the use of telemedicine which ignores 3 human senses? No dice on all three. The patient physician relationship, the independent practice of medicine and the Osteopathic hands on approach to health are fundamental truths which cannot be denied. Let’s talk.

ACA Obamacare Modus Operandi

New McKinsey Survey: 74% Of Obamacare Sign-Ups Were Previously Insured @Avik @Forbes
http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2014/05/10/new-mckinsey-survey-74-of-obamacare-sign-ups-were-previously-insured/

More Obama Pelosi Reid lies from the Socialist Democrat party. Apparently the plan is throw everybody off their employer-sponsored health insurance and force them by law, enforced by the IRS, to buy for profit more expensive insurance plans by government, so-called standards. And, as a side benefit, get many new insureds on the Obamacare Medicaid Plans to vote Democrat the rest of their lives. They say there’s something rotten in Denmark; try Washington!

Best wishes for good health,
Craig M. Wax, DO
Family physician, Editorial Board of Medical Economics
Host of Your Health Matters
Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS FM
http://wgls.rowan.edu/?feed=YOUR_HEALTH_MATTERS
Twitter @drcraigwax
Independent Physicians For Patient independence @IP4PI
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Generics vs Branded Meds: Which is Better?

Generic prescriptions can vary in amount and potency by up to 40%; 20% under or 20% over stated mg dose. With some meds, this makes little difference, but makes a huge difference in others. Insurance companies and government programs force the patient on a trial of frequently substandard generics prior to approving the patient to get brand meds. Then they make the copay so high, the patient is unable to afford it. Big pharma should be in freemarket competition with competitors to bring prices down direct to patient without insurance kickbacks called, “rebates,” to be favorably listed on insurance formulary menus. Until generics are more exact, brands are held to higher standards and frequently better.

Best wishes for good health,
Craig M. Wax, DO
Family physician, Editorial Board of Medical Economics
Host of Your Health Matters
Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS FM
http://wgls.rowan.edu/?feed=YOUR_HEALTH_MATTERS
Twitter @drcraigwax
Independent Physicians For Patient independence @IP4PI
IP4PI.wordpress.com