Thursday, April 15, 2010

Quick Links: Medicare, Licensing, Off-Label Uses

The 4/14/2010 Denver Post reports that more Colorado doctors are dumping their Medicare patients because of poor reimbursements.

As always, those patients have "coverage" but that's not the same as actual care.

And this problem will get worse if the 4/12/2010 Wall Street Journal article is correct on the anticipated shortage of 150,000 doctors over the next 15 years.

(This shortage is made worse by medical licensing regulations which violate the rights of willing patients and providers to contract freely for medical services without government interference.)

Conko and Arnett of CEI have a new paper, "Truth Or Consequences" on the benefits of "off-label" promotion by drug and medical device manufacturers to patients and doctors. Here's the associated press release.