medical monopoly Archive

Elephants, middlemen, and systems – oh, my!

I’ve been MIA here, but I’ve been loud/proud pretty much everywhere else in the last few months. Including here and here.  What follows is a rant based on what I’ve been seeing/doing since last seen on this page. Elephants There’s an old joke that goes like this: “What’s an elephant?” “It’s a mouse designed by a [&hellip

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Mighty Casey Media hosts HCSM Review #36: Call for submissions!

I’m honored to be hosting the Health Care Social Media Review #36 next week. HCSM Review is a biweekly peer-reviewed blog carnival for published posts about social media use in healthcare. The two most recent HCSM reviews were hosted by Symplur and ZocDoc. Have you read some great posts about healthcare costs and/or health insurance [&hellip

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More Medical Monopoly [hotels everywhere!]

Last week’s post called medicine in the U.S. a monopoly. I took some heat for using that metaphor from some of my economist and journo colleagues, and realized that I needed to make a clarification: Medicine is a game of Monopoly, not a true economic monopoly. My very-snark-infested point was, and always is, that the [&hellip

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Medical Monopoly: Medicine has a major image problem

When you hear the word “monopoly,” does it fill you with a warm and fuzzy feeling? (Unless you’re Hasbro, you really should say no, unless you’re a cyborg.) Healthcare is a monopoly. We can’t DIY cancer treatment, or surgically repair a broken hip for ourselves, so we have to go to the medical-industrial complex to regain [&hellip

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