In the News This Week…

Supreme Court to Hear Case Challenging Health Law, 11-14-11, The New York Times

Writer Adam Liptak reports on the US Supreme Court decision to hear a challenge to the 2010 federal health care overhaul law.

America Needs Different Doctors, Not More Doctors, 11-11-11, The Health Care Blog

Veteran journalist turned blogger Merrill Goozner (GoozNews) takes issue with a fellow writer who concluded that new data shows the US needs more doctors.

Billions wasted on billing, 11-13-11, The New York Times

Commentary by former White House advisor Ezekiel J. Emanuel,. MD, PhD, University of Pennsylvania, on the burden of administrative costs in health care delivery. This article was reprinted in The News and Observer under the headline, Wasting Billions in Medical Billing, on 11-17-11.

Hospital competition, 11-16-11, The News and Observer

A letter to the editor from reader Elizabeth Wheeler of Fuquay-Varina, who comments on North Carolina’s CON law and its impact on health care costs.

The Smoker’s Surcharge, 11-16-11, The New York Times

Writer Reed Abelson reports on the growing trend among employers of penalizing employees with unhealthy lifestyles with higher premiums for health care insurance.

Taking care, 11-17-11, The News and Observer

An editorial on whether the state should privatize medical services for prison inmates.

Revise the report on prostate screening, 11-17-11, The News and Observer

Op-ed by Raleigh physician and NCMS member Mark Jalkut, MD, a urologist who specializes in prostate cancer.

1 in 10 adults could have diabetes by 2030, 11-14-11, The News and Observer/Associated Press

AP report on the International Diabetes Federation forecast that 552 million people could have diabetes by 2030.


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  • Walter L Wright,PhD,MD

    The above cited GoozNews source listed the income of so-called “physician specialties” in his blog. Included for eye care were Optometrists, and excluded were Ophthalmologists. I assume the other research cited in his discussion, as well as his conclusion, was of equal quality and accuracy.