Archive | June, 2011

Health Care Costs in America

I came across a very interesting graphic illustrating many of the myths and facts about healthcare in the United States. The graphic illustrates some reasons for the high costs of healthcare including the myths and the truths. The myths include 1) americans smoke and drink too much, 2) america has a larger elderly population, 3) obseity in america skyrockets costs, 4) malpractice is out of control. I actually slightly disagree with #3 and #4. I think being obese in the U.S. is a real problem, see this graph from the OECD. Further one has to account for defensive medicine (as in doctors being scared of getting sued  and ordering more tests than really needed) in malpractice lawsuits. Graph below illustrates the % obese in each country shown. Source: OECD Factbook 2010: Economic, Environmental and Social Statistics. I believe the truths are all legit including 1) providers charge more because they can, 2) administrative overhead, 3) expensive outpatient costs, and 4) overpaid doctors. I have previously briefly mentioned overpaid doctors see http://blog.teethremoval.com/the-lack-of-importance-of-research-in-oral-and-maxillofacial-surgery-residency-programs/ I would also add the invasion of our Southern Border as another reason for higher costs see http://blog.teethremoval.com/the-death-of-the-united-states-of-america/

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The Death of the United States of America

I usually don’t do these types of posts on this website as this website covers wisdom teeth and dental issues. However, there is a real problem going on in the United States of America that will surely lead to our demise and inability to have laws for the benefit our citizens. I am talking of course about the invasion of the Southern Border that happens everyday. Let’s look at the recent figure from the 2010 Census http://www.census.gov/prod/cen2010/briefs/c2010br-04.pdf Here are a few quotes from Patrick J. Buchanan http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=37720 “In 1960, when JFK defeated Nixon, America was a nation of 160 million, 90 percent white and 10 percent black, with a few million Hispanics and Asians sprinkled among us.” “In 2050, there will be three times as many people living here as in 1960 – 420 million. White Americans will be a minority, 49 percent, and falling. Hispanics in the United States, over 100 million, will be equal to the entire population of Mexico today. Our Asian population will be almost as large as our African-American population today.” “Much of this mass immigration is illegal…. They are holding on to their language and culture, creating a Hispanic nation within our nation. By […]

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American Health Care System

A BBC One’s Panorama, a TV documentary show, took on the dismal state of health care in the U.S. back in January 2009 (so it is a bit dated now).  Nick Cargo. BBC documentary takes on Obama’s plans for American health care system. January 25, 2009. http://rawstory.com/news/2008/BBC_documentary_takes_on_Obamas_plans_0125.html The documentary takes on the (now) 50.7 million uninsured citizens and the length they will go for healthcare, the..”pharmaceutical industry’s rigged pricing against the American patient, and the insurance industry’s efforts to deny care whenever possible.” Due to licensing restrictions the episode is only available for viewing by those who live in the U.K., however, it has been posted online. I have embedded the first of the three parts on YouTube below. The documentary opens up in rural Kentucy and shows many who have driven long distances in the middle of the night who are trying to get care. Stan Brock, founder of Remote Area Medical, says how he set up a charity to help people in the Amazon jungle says “We discovered wow there are people here that need help just as much as they do in Guatemala or in the Amazon and all these other places we go to. So now […]

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Dental Care in Japan

I found an interesting piece by Kevin Rafferty in The Japan Times Online from June 15, 2011, titled “A dentist need not be a masked demon.” The article is located here http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/eo20110615a1.html The article gives an inside look into recent developments in dentistry with a particular focus on Japan but the principals and message apply globally. The main focus on the article centers around a report soon to be published in both English and Japanese titled “Guideline for treating caries following a minimal intervention policy, an evidence and consensus based study.” The report was conducted by Mikako Hayashi of Osaka University Graduate School of Dentistry and her committee in which 18 months was spent conducting research. Some notabled quotes from the article by Kevin Rafferty include “Recent advances in dentistry include recognition that teeth, if properly treated, regularly cleaned and cared for with a healthy diet, have self-healing properties, so that drilling and filling of teeth showing signs of decay should be a last, rather than a first, resort.” Mikako Hayashi adds “…I tell my students to pretend they are feathers when using drills: Be gentle and avoid deep digging…By the same token, deep drilling of teeth and filling with […]

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The Lack of Importance of Research in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Programs

A current article in press 2011 (at the time of this writing) will appear in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. The article is titled Attitudes and Opinions of Residency Directors and Residents About the Importance of Research in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residences by Ali E. Mohammad, Al M. Best, and Daniel M. Laskin. The conclusion of the article is quite grim The failure of all residency programs to provide actual research experience for their trainees has resulted in a decrease in the contributions that such programs have traditionally made to the literature and the advancement of the speciality. It is important that steps be taken to reverse this trend. The article describes a study that was conducted to determine the research status done by residents in oral and maxillofacial surgery training programs.  A questionnaire was developed for both program directors and residents and sent to 101 oral and maxillofacial surgical residency programs in the U.S. in 2008. Forty-three percent (44) of program directors responded and 29.1% of residents (277 of 951) responded to the questionnaire. A real startling result about this study is the question that was asked to both program directors and oral and maxillofacial surgery […]

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