Guest Blog from Howie Mandel, MD
I am a strong believer in the Oath of Maimonides. It reads:
“Grant me the strength, time and opportunity always to correct what I have acquired, always to extend its domain; for knowledge is immense and the spirit of man can extend indefinitely to enrich itself daily with new requirements. Today he can discover his errors of yesterday and tomorrow he can obtain a new light on what he thinks himself sure of today…”
This request is personal for Dr. Ben Carson. We spoke on one of your outstanding conference calls about a month ago. I am a practicing solo family physician and radio show host who spoke your exact sentiments about insurance competition, hospital competition, repealing Obamacare, and the restoration of individual rights. I too am a conservative/libertarian freedom fighter for patient and physician and citizen individual rights under the US Constitution.
Would you please take half hour out of your busy schedule to be interviewed on my radio show, link below? I have been working with RunBenRun.Org as well as the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons on getting the word out about your potential campaign. Perhaps you would speak on one of our conference calls, or at one of our conferences?
I thank you for bringing hope and a positive plan for the restoration of individual rights in our country and the esteem of its citizens and the world.
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
Dr. Wax presents at AAPS 71st Annual Meeting, Sept. 5, 2014 on drawbacks of Government-Controlled Electronic Health Records.
This is their foot in the door to take the power away from individual state licensure boards. This must be thwarted or OCC, MOC and MOL are assured.
Dr. Chip Smutny weighs in on this power grab:
If my patient goes to florida in the winter I won’t be able to renew their prescriptions while they are there forcing them to have a second primary care physician and more office visits and more co-pays etc. instead of saving a phone call to fix the problem.
This is smart business sense?
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Paul Kempen, MD, PhD writes: A distinguished senior VA physician/decorated Veteran gave me this set of pearls.
Government Solutions; AKA Dead Horse Theory:
Hard- won wisdom, passed from generation to generation, says that:
-When you discover that you are riding a dead horse, your best strategy is to dismount.
However, in our government more advanced strategies are often employed, such as:
- Buying a stronger (and more expensive) whip.
- Changing riders.
- Appointing a committee to study the horse for evidence- based solutions.
- Arranging trips to other countries to see how other cultures ride dead horses.
- Lowering the standards so that dead horses can be
- Reclassifying the dead horse as living-impaired.
- Hiring outside contractors to ride the dead horse.
- Harnessing several dead horses together to increase efficiency.
- Providing additional funding and/or training to increase dead horse’s performance.
- Doing a productivity study to see if lighter riders would improve the dead horse’s performance.
- Declaring that as the dead horse does not have to be fed, it is less costly, carries lower overhead and therefore contributes substantially more to the bottom line of the economy than do some live horses.
- Rewriting the expected performance requirements for all horses.
And of course….
13. Promoting the dead horse to a supervisory position.