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June 2009

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Doctors and the Cost of Care

June 15, 2009 – Comments (2)

I began using a new primary care physician in January.  Nice guy, knows his stuff, even got me to quit taking vitamin E after my workouts (an aid to muscle recovery), because he knew of a study demonstrating that this increased heart attack risk in men >50 years of age.  He even gave me a copy of the abstract.  Still, I find his approach to Evidence Based Medicine a bit expensive.  He has had me undergo (or recommended) tests that even with my insurance have cost me close to a $1000 to date.  All were negative, fortunately.  This led me to consider if these exams were really necessary, and how he might have benefited, directly, or more likely, indirectly, scoring ‘points’ within his hospital system.  Of interest, then, is this article in today’s New York Times:  [more]

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Blocking China's Growth

June 09, 2009 – Comments (4)

Worried that communist China is going to become a leader in world affairs?  Considering long-term investments in Chinese companies or funds?  Not me.  Another example of how they thwart themselves:  "China Requires Censorship Software on New PCs"  (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/09/world/asia/09china.html?_r=1&hpw).  All personal computers sold in China must include sophisticated software that can filter out pornography and other “unhealthy information” from the Internet.  The downside of this directive is clear; the government is intent on controlling information available to the population, even if this leads to a loss of individual creativity.   [more]

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