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Comment: Re:And... it's gone (Score 2) 636

by MacOSXHead (#43428227) Attached to: North Korean Missile Raised To Firing Position, Says US Official

I think maybe you should talk to some doctors. My brother is a interventional cardiologist and says that there are many doctors who are going to retire earlier due to the government control of medicine. ObamaCare is turning out to be quite a disaster in terms implementation and the regulations implementing it are only starting to be written.

Also, as doctors are being driven out of private practice into health care corporations, more defensive medicine is being practiced (read more unnecessary tests) by these hospitals. The profits on these tests end up in the hands of MBAs instead of MDs.

Your example of a cardiologist with a 2x "death rate" is a bad example. Rating systems like the one you tout cannot take into account that cardiologists that worry about these rating systems shy away from taking patients who are really sick and by definition are more likely to die. This happens all the time in interventional cardiology where a patient gets shuffled off to a cardiac surgeon because the cardiologist is risk averse. You can imaging that open heart surgery is orders of magnitude more expensive than having an interventional procedure.

Finally, health care cost are soaring because people are living longer because of all the new expensive technologies.

"The elderly (age 65 and over) made up around 13 percent of the U.S. population in 2002, but they consumed 36 percent of total U.S. personal health care expenses. The average health care expense in 2002 was $11,089 per year for elderly people but only $3,352 per year for working-age people (ages 19-64)"

From: http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/factsheets/costs/expriach/index.html

Health care costs are a serious issue and you attacking doctors is a simplistic and faulty approach to finding solutions to this problem.

Comment: This is a non story. (Score 2, Insightful) 1590

by MacOSXHead (#32008990) Attached to: Arizona "Papers, Please" Law May Hit Tech Workers

People should read the law first. They should not turn someone's hit seeking web article into anything important. Arizona resident's have very legitimate concern about the criminal activities of organized crime in Mexico.

This is not a new story: http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=6848672&page=1

If you do not like the law, change it... do not disobey it.

I do not think that Indian, Russian, Chinese, etc engineers are really at risk of having their civil rights violated.

Comment: Show some humanity... (Score 1) 305

by MacOSXHead (#28448601) Attached to: Apple's Obsession With Secrecy Grows Stronger

Where is the empathy on this list for someone who has health problems, especially when it is a man who has a wife and kids? It really sickens me to see the "humor" on some of these posts. Steve Jobs has done more for the personal computer industry than anyone I know. He has restored Apple, Inc to profitability. No analyst, no investor, no Mac or iPhone owner can dispute this.

The infantile need to judge someone who has achieved more than you will ever will is an ugly thing.

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