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03/26/2009

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This administration understands fully that it cannot fund health care reform as proposed without addressing costs. And they understand completely what eventually will fund this system.

They are interested only in establishing universal coverage at low cost. Period. No physician should miss this. Everything else is secondary.

Just look what they did to mammography, which is the only thing in all of medicine regulated by its own federal law (http://tedstumor.blogspot.com/2009/03/mqsa-mussolini-and-mammography.html)

After 16 years of regulation mammograms are affordable, and there is universal access; however, you have to wait up to 6 months for a mammogram in some places (breast cancer can double in 120 days); radiology residents eschew the subspecialty (70% of residency positions not even applied for); women's imaging centers are closing at a rate of 20 per month (so women will be headed back to the hospitals for mammograms); radiologists everywhere refuse to interpret the images; technology (digital imaging and MRI) has been slammed and innovtions are few and far between.

Yet malpractice in mammography still is #2 in all of medicine; and, the sensitivity and specificity of mammography in unchanged from 1992 to 2009.

So the government will move in, regulate, control your price then twist your arm with regulations while compelling you to treat all comers.

The cost comes out of you -- the doctor and hospital--and the system.

Sorry, that post was:

http://tedstumor.blogspot.com/2009/03/mqsa-mussolini-and-mammography.html

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