AUTHORS

Arthur Garson Jr. and Carolyn L. Engelhard of the University of Virginia are co-authors of "Health Care Half-Truths: Too Many Myths, Not Enough Reality."

 

December 8, 2009

Are We There Yet?

But we are different. We do not have a Canadian health care system because we are not Canadian. The Canadian credo is "peace, order, and...
November 10, 2009

Is There a Doctor in the House?

Can you get an appointment with your doctor tomorrow morning? How about in a month? Do you think this is because doctors like to make...
October 13, 2009

Does the Patient Know Best?

We consumers buy all kinds of things. We read Consumer Reports, read the instructions about how to use things, and we make choices. In medical...
September 15, 2009

Measuring Quality: Good, Better, Best

Sit around a dinner table and ask, "What makes a good doctor?" You might think that this would ruin the party, but it doesn't. Try...
August 10, 2009

The Art of Science in Medicine

Less than 15 percent of medical decisions are based on "appropriate evidence." Now that we have your attention, let us explain why this is so. Up...
July 13, 2009

You Can't Have It All

The "R" word -- "rationing." No one wants to talk about it because it is the "third rail" of American health care politics: Touch it...
June 8, 2009

An Apple a Day

If you're among those who think prevention saves money, and will help reduce the overall cost of medical care, you're not alone. But while an...
May 12, 2009

The Price of Doing Right

Americans should be able to count on receiving quality health care when needed, even if it doesn't save money. The important thing is making sure...
March 31, 2009

The Economics of Dying

That myth may be the conventional wisdom, but only 10 percent of our medical-care dollars are spent in the last year of life. And, although spending...
February 28, 2009

Where Less Is More

One-half? Where did that number come from? It came from a landmark study in 2002 that reported that in some regions Medicare pays more than twice...
January 31, 2009

You Get What You Pay For?

In the United States, we know what our medical care costs are, but we haven't a clue what our real health care expenditures are. And...
December 31, 2008

A Critical Difference

You hear it all the time: "Our medical care is terrible and we get nothing for all we spend." This is a good example of...
November 6, 2008

A National Health Care Prescription

We have just selected a president who is concerned about health care in this country. But the economic downturn has made President-elect Barack Obama's challenge...