Heard someone today mention that despite being the best in the world, our health care system is the most expensive, financially wasteful, and inefficient in the world. This is one reason.

In his lunchtime keynote Tuesday at the mHealth Summit, [Gary] Shapiro, who oversees the world’s largest innovation tradeshow, the International CES, said innovation is being stifled in healthcare by an overbearing legal system, a financial framework that rewards physicians for avoiding new technology and choosing more expensive procedures, and a testing and approval process that can’t keep up with technology.

“Our healthcare system is based on a system that was (established) before the Internet,” he lamented.
[…]
His suggestions? Change the legal system to what he called “loser-pays litigation,” get rid of the stifling patent system – in particular, patent trolls – stop incentivizing doctors for choosing more expensive drugs, amend Obamacare to eliminate new taxes on healthcare innovations, speedup the FDA’s review process, and change the nation’s immigration policy from a lottery-based system to one that rewards creative minds.



  1. _jr_ says:

    Plus:
    1. Remove drug & device company anti-trust immunity.
    2. Allow re-importation of drugs & devices.
    3. Remove licensing restrictions / allow competition for procedure and diagnostic providers.
    4. Inverse index of public coverage contribution to obesity.

    _jr_

    • noname says:

      Amen,

      “A disproportionate number of devices recalled because of links to serious health problems or deaths, including external defibrillators and insulin infusion pumps, had been approved under the less rigorous process, according to a separate study published this year in the Archives of Internal Medicine.”

  2. jbenson2 says:

    A more appropriate title would be:

    US Health Care Improvements Hampered by the Government.

    • noname says:

      Really, based on what? What your rich white GOP donors tell you?

      Practically every wealthy nation in the world has a government managed health care system, yet you say our current mixed system of care is too governmental!

      Classic retardican logic that even the public knows is stupid. At last count Republican lost the presidency, lost 6 seats in the house and lost 2 seats in the Senate!

      • pedro says:

        Based on white rich demagogue politicians, numbskull.

      • 9 out of 10 doctors says:

        Listen to me:

        The government sucks at everything it touches. It’s too big, too complex, too corrupt, too disingenuous, too self-serving, too controlling, and too pompous.

        It needs a good warm enema.

  3. deowll says:

    Neither party is apt to go for this but according to Howard Dean the Dems can least afford to go for this because the trial lawyers are buying them off.

    Don’t ask me why he was honest about this. He quickly back tracked later.

      • noname says:

        It’s the plain and honest truth.

        #1 they acknowledged the truth!

        #2 they acknowledged the importance of the question.

        I would like to see retarticans speak such hard truth with such candor!

        • Taxed Enough Already Dude says:

          If Hitler confessed he killed Jews, you would post:

          #1 he acknowledged the truth!

          #2 he acknowledge the importance of the question.

          I would like to see Americans speak such hard truth with such candor!

          Republicans tried to get tort reform put into Obama care, it was denied by the Democrat super majority.

          • noname says:

            TEAD or should it really be DumbEAD.

            How sad, now you think you’re a psychic and a prophet!

            It says we should test a prophet…What’s your Future Predictions?

            Stick to what you know! At least you wouldn’t always look so incredibly stupid!

            Just to let you know, there is no question “If Hitler confessed he killed Jews”; Hitler lectured publicly about annihilating the Jewish race!

          • stormtrooper 651 says:

            “Hitler lectured publicly about annihilating the Jewish race!”
            wow, I knew the democratic party are nazi sympathizers but they must have been psychopathic to knowingly let the nazis wipe out the jews while profiteering from the war, they must have been sad when the axis declared war on them.

          • Taxed Enough Already Dude says:

            It was a fictional analogy, sorry for exceeding your intellectual capacity…

            Your brain may now resume its normal pause on station identification.

          • noname says:

            Yes indeed TEAD, maybe you are just a “fictional analogy” and not someone that believes in literal and strict interpretations only?

          • tcc3 says:

            His future predictions come up short again and again. He endorsed every johnny come lately Republican in the primary as being able to easily defeat Obama. He also said they would win in a landslide roundly rejecting the last 4 years of Obama. I believe he also claimed tea party candidates would help take back the senate and clean sweep the house, leading to a righteous republican government from here till rapture.

          • Taxed Enough Already Dude says:

            Yes indeed TEAD, maybe you are just a “fictional analogy” and not someone that believes in literal and strict interpretations only?

            The fiction illustrated the absurdity of your argument, the ridiculous statement you made.

            Lets try again.

            Gangsters confess to thievery:

            It’s the plain and honest truth.

            #1 they acknowledged the truth!

            #2 they acknowledged the importance of the question.

            I would like to see OBAMA & CREW speak such hard truth with such candor!

            Involving your dead leader IS meant to illustrate TO YOU how stupid your statement is.

            But I’m not holding my breath.

          • Taxed Enough Already Dude says:

            Typo, “involving your DEAR leader, Obama” is meant to prove to you, the statement you made is absurd.

            When someone confesses to a crime, it does not follow they are better than those who haven’t followed suit, when they are innocent of the crime….why should they confess to it.

            Tort reform is blocked by Democrats, because lawyers are a special interest that pays them well…

            Howard Dead admitted this…

            Republicans didn’t admit it…because they are NOT guilty of it….

            Nobrain, Noname, they ryme.

          • noname says:

            TEAD, you can (ryme) but you still can spell!

            Rhyming may not be much of an accomplishment for most; but, for you it’s an astounding feat!

            Doesn’t change much. You and pp are still the DU village idiots.

      • Taxed Enough Already Dude says:

        TEAD, you can (ryme) but you still can spell!

        Hilarious, in a statement implying my typo proved I can’t spell, you have a typo “can” rather than “can’t”!

        You are as entertaining as one wrestler.

        • noname says:

          Touché, the spelling mastermind points out my FF grammar. I am so humbled.

  4. egon ruuda says:

    NO SHIT?!?!

  5. mainecat says:

    There is no point to retirement savings. No matter how much you invest or save, the moment you develop any condition, your investments or savings, no matter how much, will disappear and you will be on medicare. Might as well blow it while you’re healthy. Oh, give me all sorts of comments about managing those investments, but once you’re ill, you are in no position to manage those.

    • ECA says:

      Ask anyone over the past 40 years, on Social security..
      it used to have 5 companies, to say YES to get anything done..and ANY 1, could say NO..
      THAT ALONE cost social sec TONS of money..
      The original Ob-care was a 1-1 system..the Doctors and Hospitals went DIRECT to Medicare.
      NOW, after REPS and Congress, its 1 medical corp THEN medicare..

      • pedro says:

        I also heard the original Obamacare was going to give a lollipop to any retiree that went into a doctor’s office

        Another naive idiot

  6. ECA says:

    FIX THE FDA..
    MAKE them do the JOB they are hired for..and STICK to the requirements..
    Look at all the drug recalls in the last 10 years…ITS STUPID..
    Look at ALL drug tests, not JUST selected ones..
    10 tests, and the corps shows the 3 that worked, not the 7 that failed..

    • noname says:

      Amen,
      “A disproportionate number of devices recalled because of links to serious health problems or deaths, including external defibrillators and insulin infusion pumps, had been approved under the less rigorous process, according to a separate study published this year in the Archives of Internal Medicine.”

      • pedro says:

        The echoes inside your skull are talking again, nobrain.

        • noname says:

          Really pp!

          What’s that your hearing, the echoes inside your empty skull?

          I keep trying to help you, telling you to take your pills. :)

        • pedro says:

          That’s all you could come up with? Go swim a bit to see if you get anything fresher.

          • noname says:

            Don’t need too pp, it always the same vacuous skull that makes you, you!

            Facts are facts and your dimwittedness begs the question, was it because you where dropped on the head at birth?

            You’re a funny joke that gets funnier each time it’s told, like that “I can’t get it in my head” joke.

          • pedro says:

            I will not be affected by your writing… until you post the same thing 3 times

            Poor nobrain. You’re winning kiddo! keep repeating your posts.

          • noname says:

            Let me test that hypothesis of yours: pp “will not be affected by” my “writing… until” I “post the same thing 3 times”

            1st re-post:

            …..it always the same vacuous skull that makes you, you!

            Facts are facts and your dimwittedness begs the question, was it because you where dropped on the head at birth?

            You’re a funny joke that gets funnier each time it’s told, like that “I can’t get it in my head” joke.

          • pedro says:

            That, coming from a numbskull like you that repost the same things twice is quite a compliment. Thank you!

          • noname says:

            pp(poor pedro), its look like your hypothesis was wrong.

            Your own hypothesis, and your wrong!

            How could that be? Is it because you’re just an idiot; is it that? Is it because you lie like a republican?

            We’ll let me try again. I do want to give you the honest benefit of the doubt!

            It may be weeks before I can collect enough data to make a statistically solid case, if you’re a blithering idiot or not.

            With the data so far, you look like the blithering village idiot!

            So here we are again. Let me test that hypothesis of yours:

            pp “will not be affected by” my “writing… until” I “post the same thing 3 times”

            3rd 2nd re-post:

            …..it always the same vacuous skull that makes you, you!

            Facts are facts and your dimwittedness begs the question, was it because you were dropped on the head at birth?

            You’re a funny joke that gets funnier each time it’s told, like that “I can’t get it in my head” joke.

          • pedro says:

            Your wrong? What the hell is that!

            Poor brainless sheep, if only you knew that it was Billy Clinton who taught me how to lie.

            Have to tell you, I’m beginning to think “your” a liberul because “your” unable to even write. I can let them pass because you have no brain and I’m forgiving towards the handicapped.

          • noname says:

            pp you certainly are very predictable!

            More importantly pp, your own self-declared hypothesis appears wrong.

            Amazing it’s your own hypothesis, and you’re simply wrong, childishly wrong! Don’t be angry, you can’t help it if you’re a genetically disabled idiot!

            How could that be? Is it because you’re just an idiot; is it that? Is it because you lie like a republican?

            We’ll let me try again. I do want to give you the honest benefit of the doubt!

            It may be weeks before I can collect enough data to make a statistically solid case, if you’re a blithering idiot or not.

            With the data so far, you look like the blithering village idiot!

            So here we are again. Let me test that hypothesis of yours:
            pp “will not be affected by” my “writing… until” I “post the same thing 3 times”

            2nd 3rd re-post:

            …..it always the same vacuous skull that makes you, you!

            Facts are facts and your dimwittedness begs the question, was it because you were dropped on the head at birth?

            You’re a funny joke that gets funnier each time it’s told, like that “I can’t get it in my head” joke.

          • pedro says:

            I’m beginning to think you need more than sympathy.

            Is there any foundation I can donate to to help in your support? You must be quite the economical burden for your family.

          • noname says:

            pp still hoping and trying to be something of import.

            Keep trying pp!

            It’s good you are beginning to think. It’s all part of growing up to be an adult!

            At puberty you should begin having more thoughts, more frequently.

            Now, let get to understanding this self-declared hypothesis of yours that appears wrong.

            Amazing it’s your own hypothesis, and you’re simply wrong, childishly wrong! Don’t be angry, you can’t help it if you’re a genetically disabled idiot!

            How could that be? Is it because you’re just an idiot; is it that? Is it because you lie like a republican?

            We’ll let me try again. I do want to give you the honest benefit of the doubt!

            It may be weeks before I can collect enough data to make a statistically solid case, if you’re a blithering idiot or not.

            With the data so far, you look like the blithering village idiot!

            So here we are again. Let me test that hypothesis of yours:
            pp “will not be affected by” my “writing… until” I “post the same thing 3 times”

            3rd 3rd re-post:

            …..it always the same vacuous skull that makes you, you!

            Facts are facts and your dimwittedness begs the question, was it because you were dropped on the head at birth?

            You’re a funny joke that gets funnier each time it’s told, like that “I can’t get it in my head” joke.

          • pedro says:

            Re-post it again nobrain. This time is true, I’m not lying.

          • noname says:

            re-posting by request of pp!

            It’s good you are beginning to think. It’s all part of growing up to be an adult!

            At puberty you should begin having more thoughts, more frequently.

            Now, let get to understanding this self-declared hypothesis of yours that appears wrong.

            Amazing it’s your own hypothesis, and you’re simply wrong, childishly wrong! Don’t be angry, you can’t help it if you’re a genetically disabled idiot!

            How could that be? Is it because you’re just an idiot; is it that? Is it because you lie like a republican?

            We’ll let me try again. I do want to give you the honest benefit of the doubt!

            It may be weeks before I can collect enough data to make a statistically solid case, if you’re a blithering idiot or not.

            With the data so far, you look like the blithering village idiot!

            So here we are again. Let me test that hypothesis of yours:
            pp “will not be affected by” my “writing… until” I “post the same thing 3 times”

            4th 1st re-post:

            …..it always the same vacuous skull that makes you, you!

            Facts are facts and your dimwittedness begs the question, was it because you were dropped on the head at birth?

            You’re a funny joke that gets funnier each time it’s told, like that “I can’t get it in my head” joke.

          • pedro says:

            I don’t have the heart to break it to you but… I lied to you again.

          • noname says:

            Nothing to break pp, all of DU knows you lie.

            Sad and pathetic pp! You are certainly good for laughs and fun at your expense.

            Fun with poor pedro, is like playing mean tricks on a angry child, you want to see get angrier and more self distructive!

  7. Gildersleeve says:

    US Health Care Improvements Hampered by Lawyers
    US Economy Hampered by Lawyers in Congress
    US Citizens Privacy Protections Hampered by Lawyers
    Repeal of Sarbane-Oxley laws – hampered by lawyers
    snxxxxx……..

  8. Taxed Enough Already Dude says:

    Uncle Dave, that was very Republican of you, Tea Party stuff. I’m shocked. I gotta Ditto you again….!

  9. anonycoward says:

    You know, this used to be called TORT REFORM, but nobody wanted it a few years ago. What changed?

    • noname says:

      I have mixed feelings about Tort reform. A brother-in-law lost his job because of a botched broken leg surgery to secure the bone. He is now virtually unemployable because of the time lost from work and now having a significant disability with pain.

      He went from a high wage earning manager with high prospects to a literally a broken man. At a restaurant, with my sister paying the bill; he just broke down and started crying.

      The doctor used an outdated, medically discontinued and discredited practice! This resulted in pain and deformity. Because of the state limits on malpractice damages, he got a pittance for a lifetime of unemployment! He now can’t support his family, is unemployable and too young for S.S. (S.S. is making it almost impossible for him to qualify for Social Security disability benefits).

      From gainful employment to prospects of several decades of unemployment with a family to support, a multimillion dollar pay out is not unreasonable!

      • pedro says:

        Sorry to hear that about your brother.

      • MikeN says:

        Multimillion dollar payout is not unreasonable?
        Because a surgery did not go well, and the doctor is not as well trained as you like. It is thinking like that that drives up health care costs.

        I think we should have more less trained doctors. We have this in other countries, but in the US apparently it is only acceptable in childbirth.

        • noname says:

          Definitely a bona fide Tea bag nut job retardican statement:

          “I think we should have more less trained doctors.”

          Wow, then not to be outdone, you follow it with apparently your childbirth experience:

          “We have this in other countries, but in the US apparently it is only acceptable in childbirth.”

          Maybe you should go back to hiding under your third world rock!

          • MikeN says:

            So you think midwives should be banned?

          • noname says:

            Looks like “midwives” delivered you just fine! Did you drop out in the barrens of some 3rd world foreign country?

            After reading your post(s), it’s hard to understand why the vast majority of people prefer well trained American doctors for their new bundle of joy!

        • tcc3 says:

          Its funny how “other countries” are an acceptable yardstick when its convenient to your point. Other countries also have socialized medicine that costs less and has better results.

      • Mule Acid says:

        Republicans talk about accountability.
        But TORT reform is about eliminating accountability from all corporations.

        Watch “Hot Coffee” the movie.

        TORT reform is about taking away our last rights to fight back against corrupt corporations and incompetent doctors.

  10. Captain Obvious says:

    “Heard someone today mention that despite being the best in the world…”

    You got a criteria for that big fella?

  11. Mr Diesel says:

    Funny, if ours is the best health care in the world why is it so many people travel to Costa Rica, Thailand and India to have their ailments treated. Could it be that it is less expensive AND better care?

    • pedro says:

      That’s because you don’t hear about the people from Costa Rica, Thailand & India flying to the US to get a better treatment. And they do. Those are the ones looking for better care, not cheaper care.

      But thanks for making MikeN’s point, you need more Costa Rica, Thailand & India grade doctors so people don’t have to fly that far. You have a lot of rednecks you can graduate in 2 years.

      • NobodySpecial says:

        Just for fun – picture your local hospital without all those India trained doctors.

        You might have a handful of Yale/Harvard cardiologists left – but it’s going to be difficult to staff an ER on a saturday night

      • MikeN says:

        It’s not just the doctors. In many countries there are people without a medical degree doing medical services. There are even different levels of licensing. If you think about it, in many doctors visits nurses are doing lots of medical treatment, and could probably do even more, but they need a doctor to sign off. What if as nurse could open up a clinic, refer people to other doctors if they think its warranted. Your wait times at doctors offices would be reduced, and hospitals would have to may more for nurses. On the other hand, you have a dramatic increase in nurse training to offset that.

        I’ve already seen reports of this type of legislation. Expect to see more of a push as Obamacare goes into effect and we see doctors quitting.

      • Mr Diesel says:

        Costa Rica, a small developing country of 4.6 million people, in Central America, surprised many people by having a health care ranking by the World Health Organization higher than the United States. The life expectancy of people in Costa Rica is higher than the U.S. and the infant mortality rate is approximately the same.

        • pedro says:

          So you bring the statistics to try to prove that in 4.6 million lot you can find a lot more better prepared physicians than in a 311,591,917 pot that is being filled by people from that 4.6 million pot that are running away from poor living conditions? You should be a very good poker player.

          As a bonus, you think those “Better prepared” physicians went all to public or private colleges? Sure none of those go to congresses & meetings in the US to keep up to date.

          Listen, if you wanna live your fantasy that the Costa Rican health professionals overall (sure, there should be individuals that contradict the rule) are better I won’t be the one bursting your bubble.

          I’ll just leave it to them to burst it for me.

  12. Dallas says:

    Hampered by lawyers and drug lobbyists.? That’s what teapublicans want – profit and the associated corruption that is available in the current state of of our healthcare system.

    Actually, it’s NOT a healthcare system. It’s an illness care system. There is MUCH more money in treating the sheeple for illnesses than preventing them from getting them.

    Why do teapublicans hate healthy people?

    • MikeN says:

      Haha. It’s liberals who hate healthy people. They want to force them to buy health insurance more expensive than what they need. This is not just recently, but at least as far back as 1996, when they were complaining about Republican health care plans benefiting ‘the healthiest and wealthiest’.

      • Dallas says:

        Yeah right. Mitt stated that people already have a healthcare system – emergency room care.

        What a hypocritical liar you are.

        • Taxed Enough Already Dude says:

          Obama’s the liar…Romney laid off that lazy overpaid steel worker…who then loses his health insurance.

          So for 7 years the lazy bastard stays home, making his poor wife work herself to death…and she dies.

          Because the lazy bastard couldn’t get off his ass and work…even when unemployment was only 4% and everyone who wanted to work, had two jobs!

          Obama and the murdering bastard then blame Romney for her death…despicable bastards they both are.

        • MikeN says:

          http://sfgate.com/health/article/House-OKs-Health-Care-Tax-Breaks-Democrats-2902917.php

          From 1999, Republican plan criticized by Democrats as helping the affluent and healthy. THat was just from a quick search for ‘healthiest and wealthiest’ Republican plan

  13. The Monster's Lawyer says:

    Right, “Let’s blame the lawyers.”, we don’t get sick or need medical care. What we really need is health care for corporations. They are people too.

    • Taxed Enough Already Dude says:

      So you believe in taxation without representation….you want the corporations to pay all the taxes…enslaving them…but heaven forbid they get any benefit.

      Every corporation is composed of people cooperating….just as its a person who goes to jail when they commit a crime, health care should go to everyone in the corporation as it pays taxes.

      • The Monster's Lawyer says:

        what?

        • Taxed Enough Already Dude says:

          Right, “Let’s blame the lawyers.”, we don’t get sick or need medical care. What we really need is health care for corporations. They are people too.

          Part of your statement, given the context of it and your other posts, is satire against the supreme court’s decision corporations have free speech rights, because fundamentally, corporations are people too.

          Its possible you didn’t realize what you meant as you wrote…I am convinced you do “learn” what you mean, after you say it…as the brain attempts to catch up to the mouth….

          But its more likely you are relying upon the brain dead state of your fellow progressive cultists…and reinforcing their conviction I am wrong.

          For you write for their applause, rather than to advance anything true.

    • msbpodcast says:

      Hmmm…

      I wonder if chapter 11 is a form of euthanasia?

      That would mean that its okay to kill off the elderly or poor!

  14. Captain Obvious says:

    The US is just incompetent at health care. Number 1 in the world in spending per capita. Nowhere near the top in terms of outcome.

    For example, if the US spent at levels, and managed, like Australia (roughly 1/2 the US per capita level) it would wipe out that pesky national debt, improve infant mortality rates, increase life spans, and have enough money left over for burger and fries.

    Instead everyone argues about the “evils of socialism” vs the “evils of corporations”. Simple incompetence.

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