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Mike Magee CODE BLUE (with publication 1 week from today) began four decades ago in the noontime conference room of Colin (Tim) Thomas, M.D., chairman of surgery at the University of North Carolina, where I completed my surgical training in 1978. Tim’s pre-op conferences exposed us to his broad knowledge and understanding of medical history […]

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Mike Magee The WHO just released in most recent 5 year strategic plan. The plan in anchored in three “billion” labeled goals: Increase the number of glabal citizens with universal health coverage. Protecting 1 billion more citizens during health emergencies. Ensuring health and well-being for 1 billion more citizens. To reach these onjectives, the WHO […]

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Mike Magee In chapter 8 (“Masters of Manipulation”) of my soon to be released (Grove Atlantic/June 4, 2019) book, CODE BLUE: Inside the Medical Industrial Complex, I trace the history of Big Tobacco’s complicit relationship with health care, and how unscrupulous marketers from opioid king Arthur Sackler, to stress racketeer Hans Selye, to ADHD opportunist […]

The post “Going Up In Air” – Tobacco Strikes (again) appeared first on HealthCommentary.

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Mike Magee This week, STAT News led with the headline, “5 names to know at Apple: the people leading its move into health care.” For those following the consumer health space, this was one more bit of bait to attract and catch tech-savvy readers with hints of success that have circulated for nearly two decades. […]

The post A Message for Apple’s “Top 5” Health Leaders appeared first on HealthCommentary.

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Mike Magee The latest recorded U.S. birth rate dropped for the second year in a row, down 3% from the prior year. In 2017, there were just under 4 million births, 500,000 fewer than in 2007. Even though there has been a 7% increase in women 20 to 39, women are delaying child birth. Over the […]

The post Running a Health Care System: As Natural As Mother’s Milk? appeared first on HealthCommentary.

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Mike Magee On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law “Medicare,” a national insurance plan for all Americans over 65. He did so in front of former President Truman, who 20 years earlier had proposed a national health plan for all Americans, and for his trouble was labeled by the AMA as […]

The post Michael Bennet’s “Medicare-Xtra” = “Capitalism + Compassion”. appeared first on HealthCommentary.

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Mike Magee Last week our “somewhat-less-than-excellent” American culture took an extra Trumpian hit. But this had nothing to do with gender abuse, or separating innocent children from their desperate parents, or even moves to knock 20 million Americans off their ACA enabled health insurance. No this latest offense involved celebrities and the super-rich bribing their […]

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Mike Magee The issue of “doctor burnout” is front and center at the moment. It’s not a particularly new issue. I grappled with it way back in 1980, with soul-searching sessions at the Massachusetts Medical Society at the time. The focus then was on inadequate reimbursement, but the real issues were fear, depression, and isolation. […]

The post The Roots of Compassion – Dr. Ralph Snyderman and The 14th Dalai Lama appeared first on HealthCommentary.

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Mike Magee If you missed the “60 Minutes” interview of Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, he surprised many with his list of contributors to the risk of recession. Here’s his exchange with Scott Pelley: Jerome Powell: We have an unusually large number of people in their prime working years who are not in the labor […]

The post The (Opioid) Day of Reckoning Is Near. appeared first on HealthCommentary.

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