Archive for the ‘medice’ Category

How Health Care Reform Can Kill Good Medicine

March 28, 2009

Here is what I know about managed health care in places like communiss Vietnam and China and also in Canada.

In Vietnam and China health care is uiversally bad and universally available.  The elite of the society pay their way, get the best medical care, and often end up in places like the Cleveland Clinic or the Mayo Clinic for big surgical procedures.

Big shot Arab oil people show the same pattern….

In China, I investigated the SARS outbreak in China more than four years ago.

SARS is a deadly viral infection know by its full name as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

We learned that China lacks sufficient medications, medical staff and hospital facilities to properly service their own population.

The World Health Organization estimated that only about 4% of China’s medical professions were prepared for a disease like SARS.

The most interesting and surprising thing we learned was this.  Although China trains enough high quality doctors and competition is keen for medical school educations, many of the best doctors find ways to get out of China to a place where they can earn more money.  The Chinese government system is actually holding back good medicine; while it thinks it has a system far superior to that in the U.S.

The situation in Vietnam is much the same.

The recent tracic death of Natasha Richardson and the timely treatment given subsequently to little Morgan McCracken brought this all back to me.

Natasha Richardson’s Story Saves Girl’s Life

Michelle Malkin asked the question, “Could Canada’s Medical Sysytem Have Killed Natasha Richardson?”

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/0
3/27/did-canadacare-kill-natasha-
richardson/

That’s a question every American should ponder some before we launch pell mell into a wildly expensife effort of health care reform.

We also noted someone who commented on that article in Michelle’s blog.

“My wife who’s a doctor and Canadian citizen graduated from McGill University went to school with a friend who became a neurosurgeon and just like the article states, he left Canada upon graduation and now practices in Texas. He is well renown and has published many articles in medical journals and such.”

“Why did he leave his country? The same reason my wife did, why go to school for 7 years do a residency, be taxed heavily and in the end only to make as much as someone with much less education, responsibility and commitment.”

“By the way my wife left Canada right after graduation also and did her residency in New York. It’s called the “brain drain” in Canada and is very common.”

The brain drain is a real problem for Vietnam, China and Canada…..

Of course, whean all of President Obama’s fixes are put into American life, nobody will want to leave….

Related:
China’s Effort to Resolve Food, Product Safety is Questionable
(Medical system and SARS)

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China Finally Targets, Exposes Fake Drug Makers

December 10, 2008

China, beset by food and drug safety scandals, has blacklisted dozens of websites for making false claims about traditional Chinese medicine, state media said on Wednesday.

The health scares, including the addition of melamine, used in making plastics, to milk and baby formula, have prompted many countries to close their markets to Chinese food and drugs, and Beijing is trying to restore the reputation of its exports with a quality drive.

The 74 websites, most of them targeting Chinese consumers, sell drugs for high blood pressure, diabetes and tumours. Some feature testimonials from western doctors and medical companies.

Traditional Chinese medicine is widely used in Asia and could become more integrated in western national health systems, the World Health Organisation said last month.

Many of the Web sites, some featuring photos of nurses clad in white lab coats and gleaming hospitals, are still accessible and selling their “cures,” despite the ban.

Only websites licensed by China State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) are authorised to sell drugs online to individuals.

“So far, only 10 websites across China have been issued with the licence,” Xinhua quoted Yan Jiangying, spokeswoman for the SFDA, as saying.

The state-owned Xinhua news agency pointed out on Wednesday that the sites could be shut down by the government, but had not been. China’s internet police have broad powers to block or shut any sites deemed to have subversive or pornographic content.

(Reporting by Beijing newsroom; Editing by Lucy Hornby at Reuters)