A simple question shows how complex the issue is.
Chris at "Cynical C" asks his fellow citizens where they get thier health care (insurance) from and the incredible diversity of the current options and situations is immediately apparent. Quite spontaneously (but surely not unexpectedly), the question of "How much does it cost you?" becomes an essential part of the answers. Outsiders opine and tell stories and commiserate. [more inside]
Doctors suing patients
Are you angry and upset because of what a doctor did or did not do during a medical procedure? Did you express your anger online? Now doctors are suing patients for expressing their anger online.
The war on drugs is unfairly targeting doctors who prescribe legal pain medication
to their patients who suffer from chronic pain, according to a spokeswoman of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons
. She was speaking at a press conference of patient and physician advocacy groups
, sponsored by the Pain Relief Network
, in support of Dr. William Hurwitz
. Dr. Hurwitz
has been indicted and imprisoned for prescribing high doses of opioid pain relievers
, as have other pain-management doctors
. But these crackdowns may end up doing more harm than good to patients in chronic pain
. [More inside.]
A bill is currently being pushed through Congress that will give health care providers, including those that are federally funded, the right to refuse to perform abortions or administer contraceptive medication for personal moral reasons
. Next week: firefighters allowed to let houses burn down because they hate the color of the curtains.