Category Archives: Health Care

Report from Haiti’s Medical Front Line

For complicated reasons perhaps having to do with how both doctors and patients are trained, blogger “Scott” finds that Haitian patients have an unusual approach to foreign doctors:

they seem to have this insane mindset, exactly the opposite of that prevailing in parts of the States, where medicine is good. In particular, getting more medicine of any type is always a good thing and will make them healthier, and doctors are these strange heartless people who will prevent them from taking a stomach medication just because maybe they don’t have a stomach problem at this exact moment. As a result, they lie like heck. I didn’t realize exactly how much they were lying until I heard the story, now a legend at our clinic, of the man who came in complaining of vaginal discharge. He had heard some woman come in complaining of vaginal discharge and get lots of medication for it, so he figured he should try his luck with the same. And this wasn’t an isolated incident, either. Complaints will go in "fads", so that if a guy comes in complaining of ear pain and gets lots of medicine, on his way out he’ll mention it to the other patients in line and they’ll all mention ear pain too – or so the translators and veteran staff have told me.

via Jackdaws love my big sphinx of quartz. The whole account is interesting, although it differs quite a bit from other accounts I’ve read (and heard) of post-disaster medicine in Haiti.

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Florida Governor Gets the Respect He Deserves

Political Animal’s The moral of the story: don’t elect a criminal to be governor is full of both bon mots and painful truths about Governor Voldemort.

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Can You OD on Melatonin?

Should we be worried about Tom Smith? Maybe he’s kidding. He’s such a kidder.

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How to Pay My Medical Bills: The Chicken Plan

Nevada GOP Senatorial candidate Sue Lowden has a great new plan for folks like me concerned about their medical bills: chicken.

As Steve Benen summarizes it,

To briefly review, Lowden, the favorite to beat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) in Nevada this year, recently encouraged voters to “barter with your doctor.” On Monday, Lowden reiterated and expanded upon this, praising a health care delivery system in line with “the olden days” when those seeking medical care “would bring a chicken to the doctor.” Despite the mockery this had already received, she added, “I'm not backing down from that system.”

The mockery is now in full swing. Here's an example: Sue Lowden's plan to pay for health care? “Bring a chicken to the doctor”

The folks at the hospital seemed very nice, but I don't think that turning up with, say, 2000 chickens would win me many friends or much of a discount.

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Obama Gets the Health Care Bill He Wanted

Don't like the way the health care bill is shaping up? Glenn G. says Blame Obama.

Sounds about right to me.

Note that this is in one sense worse than the expansion of the war in Afghanistan. Obama promised us more war in the campaign. This health care bill — and the administration's Rahmian maneuvers about it — breaks several promises.

(The war and the health care bill both involve life and death decisions; arguably the war is worse as so many of those being killed have not even a theoretical say in the matter.)

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Senator Lieberman Is Against ANY Health Care Reform that Actually Reforms

The Plum Line has the video, Watch Lieberman Endorse Medicare Buy-In Three Months Ago. Now he says that the inclusion of the very proposal he formerly claimed to support is why Lieberman opposes the health care bill.

It seems increasingly the case that the core of Lieberman's ever-shifting objections to health care reform is summed up in this classic song:

It would be nice if our Senate could transcend the Marx Brothers. I am not feeling hopeful about that right now.

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