Dear CMPI Friends,
The Center for Medicine in the Public Interest is pleased to announce the release of a new video interview this week with Senator David Vitter (R-LA).
Senator David Vitter was elected to the United States Senate in 2004. With his time in the Senate he’s been an independent and outspoken reformer focused on advancing mainstream conservative and free market principles.
In the Senate, Senator Vitter serves on the Committees on Commerce, Science and Transportation; Environment and Public Works; and Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Prior to his service in the U.S. Senate, David Vitter represented the First Congressional District of Louisiana from 1999-2004.
In our interview with Senator Vitter, we discuss Health Savings Accounts, Medical Liability reform, Senator McCain’s healthcare proposal and the future of American healthcare.
View interview with Senator David Vitter:
CMPI also recently released a new survey on millennial views on health care reform. The survey findings and executive summary can be found at http://www.biggovhealth.org/.
Click here to read commentary by CMPI President Peter Pitts on this new survey:
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK
No Easy Pill To Fix Healthcare
By Peter J. Pitts
The San Diego Voice & Viewpoint
October 13, 2008
Equity vs. Equality
By Peter Pitts
October 14, 2008
Today the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest (CMPI) held a conference entitled, "Physician Disempowerment: A Transatlantic Malaise."
The opening keynote was Francois Sarkozy, MD (yes, the brother of the other Sarkozy). Among his provocative comments was the thought that, when it comes to health care "as a right" we need to distinguish "equality from equity." Further, Dr. Sarkozy discussed the attempts by the French government to reform healthcare via decreased centralization. At a time when many here in the US are calling for precisely the reverse, it certainly calls into question the prevailing "SiCKO" mentality of healthcare reform.
How To Create Health Care Shortages
By Robert Goldberg
October 13, 2008
For those eager to use the current response to the contraction in the credit markets to justify an expanded government role in running health care, there's a difference between injecting capital into the financial system and price controls, folks. Capital formation is a result of creating incentives for risk taking and profits. Price controls and redistribution repackaged as "investment" does not have the same effect. The same goes for the claim that a stimulus package that includes more money for Medicaid will help grow the economy. If that was the case, an increase in the murder rate would be a stimulus policy because it would lead to higher spending on trauma care.
CMPI EVENT ON CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION
For those interested in the speaker presentations, audio, and written transcripts from our CME conference on Capitol Hill last month, please click here:
INTERNATIONAL ARTICLES OF NOTE
The Hidden Costs of Single Payer Health Insurance
The Fraser Institute
Doctors ‘Bending The Rules To Defy NHS Ban On Patients Buying Drugs Privately’
October 15, 2008
ARTICLE OF NOTE
Your Health, Your Vote
By Grace-Marie Turner and Amy Menefee
Health Care in the 2008 Election
Monday, October 20, 2008 4:00 p.m.
Columbia University Medical Center
650 West 168th Street
Moderator: Sreenath Sreenivasan, Dean of Student Affairs and Professor, Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University in the City of New York
Robert Goldberg, PhD, Vice President, Center for Medicine in the Public Interest
Elise Gould, PhD, Economist, Economics Policy Institute
Click here for official invite: