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Killer Health Care
Campus Report ^ | October 09, 2009 | Sarah Carlsruh

Posted on 10/09/2009 11:43:36 AM PDT by bs9021

Killer Health Care

by: Sarah Carlsruh, October 09, 2009

David Goldhill, owner of the Game Show Network, published an article in the September 2009 The Atlantic called “How American Health Care Killed My Father”, and, on October 2nd, discussed the implications of his article in an event hosted by the Cato Institute. Goldhill considers himself “not an expert on health care” but, rather, “like 300 million other people, [a] customer of health care.”

Goldhill’s interest in health care was triggered when his father went to the hospital for a case of pneumonia and died, not from the effects of pneumonia, but from the variety of infections he acquired in the hospital.

Hospital infections are a relatively correctible occurrence, claimed Goldhill, citing the reform efforts of Dr. Peter Pronovost, anesthesiologist at John Hopkins, whose sterilization and sanitation checklist reduced “hospital-infection rates by two-thirds within the first three months of its adoption.” Surprisingly, even though hospital-infections cause over 100,000 deaths annually, many hospitals resisted these reform efforts, Provonost told The New Yorker in January of 2008.

Hospitals are unwilling to progress in other important ways, such as improving their information technology (IT) to catch up to the rest of the business world, said Goldhill, In his Atlantic article, Goldhill asked, “How can a facility featuring state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment use less-sophisticated information technology than my local sushi bar?” At the Cato Institute event, Goldhill explained that his sushi bar gives its waiters hand-held devices to take orders with to make sure the waiters get the orders right. The waiters are dealing with food, not people’s lives....

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TOPICS: Computers/Internet; Government; Health/Medicine; Politics
KEYWORDS: cato; hcr; healthcare; healthit

1 posted on 10/09/2009 11:43:37 AM PDT by bs9021
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To: bs9021
Nosocomials happen. 90,000 die of regular ol’ influenza every year.

But in case you haven't heard, Medicare has started refusing payments to hospitals when a patient contracts a nosocomial (hospital acquired infection.)

In order to stop nosocomials, hospitals must refuse any and all visitors and use chemicals and lighting that the EPA and Sierra Club would never tolerate.

So—forgive the pun—pick your poison.

2 posted on 10/09/2009 1:43:50 PM PDT by ElenaM
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To: bs9021

....Dr. Peter Pronovost....

He is one of the GOOD GUYS who has developed means to reform health care in such a way as to cut costs, improve quality, and save lives!!!! The key is to develop checklists and other procedures to reduce costly, wasteful and DEADLY errors in hospitalization, surgery, medical tests, and other forms of care.

The other thing is to study cities and hospitals, HMOs, etc, that are low-cost and high-quality, and to follow their lead.

This all should be combined with tort reform, greater competition among insurance companies, insurance pooling, etc.

None of this requires the massive bureaucratic and oppressive programs of obamacare, which will LOWER quality and result in rationing, and destroy our freedom.

I have been posting about such approaches on FR for weeks now, and no one seems to listen. Nor do my hyperliberal Senators and Representative (or their robot aides, whom are all I get to talk too) listen when I call or write—they’re too busy promoting the poisonous obama program. It’s easier to dismiss me as another “Townhall ignoramus”, while the really brain-dead specimens are the Congressional aides and even some of our representatives themselves.

Listen y’all—none of us are going to get anywhere just opposing obamacare. We need to present proven, compassionate, and non-totalitarian alternatives to win, including winning in 2010 and 2012 if obamacare passes!!!!


3 posted on 10/09/2009 6:01:13 PM PDT by Honorary Serb (Kosovo is Serbia! Free Srpska! Abolish ICTY!)
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