Monday, July 16, 2018

Single Payer & Efficiency

The BBC reported last week that the NHS is still reliant on 'archaic' fax machines.

I have two thoughts on this: (1) when it comes to a monopoly on power, inefficiency isn't the worst thing that can happen, and (2) this shows how institutionalizing of something by government displaces innovation.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

America Needs a Medical Independence Day

June 21-23, 2018, was the Red Pill Expo. Twila Brase was one of the speakers. About the experience she wrote,
On Saturday, I was in Spokane, Washington speaking at the Red Pill Expo. As Christopher Nartey explains on Quora, in the movie The Matrix, “a person who picks the red pill will become aware of the Matrix itself and what the machines are doing to them. Someone who takes the blue pill gets to continue living in ignorance, none the wiser of what they are being used for.”
With about 400 people in the room, I spoke on the topic of “Getting the Government Out of Health Care.” I started by asking the attendees if they are truly willing to give up Obamacare subsidies and Medicare and if they are willing to use their dollars directly to charitably fund care for the poor. The blue pill is easier to swallow. The red pill takes work…but I gave concrete examples of how to restore health freedom (emphasis and link added).

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Is Technology Ever the Problem?

Electronic Health Records (EHR) were originally introduced and subsidized to cut waste, eliminate red tape, reduce redundant medical tests, save billions of dollars and thousands of jobs, and save lives by reducing medical errors.

Instead, according to a study published at BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, the current approach “makes inconsistency and error the standard.” The very tool that was supposed to standardize care is reducing or eliminating quality and causing substandard care. Clinicians are led to believe that the computer knows medicine better than they do. In reality, while a computer can hold medical information, computer programmers are not trained in the practice of medicine. Researchers point out that “substitution of technology for people is a misunderstanding of both.”