Ransom, Redistribution, Regulation and Rationing
AT THE BEDSIDE OF HEALTHCARE
Published by the Liberal Institute in partnership with Medicine & Liberty, this work shows paths to move health care away from over regulation to responsibility and choice. A full page of Swiss financial daily l'AGEFI quotes a chapter of the book.
SAVE THE DATE
Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) 74th Annual meeting, October 5-7, 2017 Tucson AZ
Journée Libérale Romande, November 2016 Lausanne This one-day conference organized by the Liberales Institut and Medicine & Liberty, discussed different problems faced by present Swiss Health care. Read more
The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) S73rd annual meeting in september 2016s successfully voiced the legitimate concerns of private doctors determined to resist regulatory trends that threaten their mssion to treat patients to the best of their ability.
6th Annual PIMS Leaders Summit held in Berlin, Germany - February 10-11, 2016, brought together decision makers and thought leaders to share views on key issues related to Pharmaceutical and
Supply chain Innovation. Dr Alphonse Crespo spoke on the added values of
Socratic seminar on Medicine & Economy held in Sierre, Switzerland - October 23-24, 2016 in partnership with the Liberal Institute inititated a fruitful multidisciplinary discussion on the intricate relationship beween the medical mission and economical frameworks. Read more in Francis Richard's account (in french) (Go to his blog)
LAUSANNE , Switzerland - November 8, 2014
Journée Libérale Romande Included a panel on Medicine & Liberalism directed by Dr Patrick Ruchat & Dr Alphonse Crespo
AIX-EN-PROVENCE , France, - 27-29 Juin 2014
11th European Resource Bank Meeting hosted by the Institute of Economic Studies included a french session on health care reform with panelists PIerre Bessard, Alphonse
Crespo, Kerry Halferty-Hardy and Michel Kelly-Gagnon.
AAPS 71st Annual Meeting The Association of Americsn Physicians and Surgeon's annual meeting brought together physicians at the front line of the battle to free American medicine from destruction by third parties.
BASEL Bs, Switzerland Congress center April 07-10,2014
LogiPharma 2014 - Life Sciences Supply Chain Conference - this meeting brought together over 400 life sciences supply chain executives. First day session featured a panel on customer centered innovation including Manel Luis, Roderick Beard, Francois Bisch, Alison Kirkpatrick, Johnathon Marshall and Alphonse Crespo
LAUSANNE Clinique Bois-Cerf Nov 5, 2013
Liberal Institute conference "Healthcare at a Crossroads: Liberty or Regulation" To feature: Cedric Bossart, Yves Seydoux and Alphonse Crespo.
DENVER Colorado - September 25-28, 2013
AAPS 70th Annual Meeting Summit to Save American Medicine
ZURICH - 31 May - 1 June 2012
BRUSSELS - 28 March 2012
Now IN FRENCH
WHY OBAMACARE IS WRONG FOR AMERICA
Authored by Grace Marie Turner & other prominent experts, a must-read for Americans who want to know what their bungled health care reform really has to offer.
FREE TO CHOOSE MEDICINE
Bartley Madden's brilliant Dual Tracking concept explained in his new book, opens a fast lane to therapeutic innovation that can prove crucial for individuals fighting life-threatening conditions. Dual tracking corrects lethal collateral efffects of bureaucratic regulation and replaces therapeutic choice in the hands of doctors and patients.
A BRUNO LEONI PUBLICATION ON EUROPEAN HEALTH CARE
Edited by Gabriele Pelissero & Alberto Migardi
Co-authors Andreas Beivers, Alphonse Crespo, Alberto Mingardi, Günter Neubauer, Gabriele Pelissero e Valentin Petkantchin offer an update on health care reform in their respective countries.
ASSESSING TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENTS
Professor Michael Schlander member of MedECON's Academic board is both an economist and a physician. He offers his unique expertise in this in-depth study on the scope and limits of health technology assessment as illustrated by UK's National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
ECONOMICS MADE EASY
by Alphonse Crespo
Frederik Roeder is a German health economist. He studied hospital management, health economics and international business at the universities of Goettingen (Germany), Bayreuth (Germany), Maribor (Slovenia), and Tongji Shanghai (China). He has worked as a Visiting Professor for Health Economics at the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences and as a Visiting Professor for Healthcare Management and Economics at Ilia State University (Georgia). Fred Roeder is the Managing Director of Healthcare Solutions, a service focused on know-how transfer and policy advise for healthcare systems in transition.
Professor Michael Schlander MD, PhD, MBA is a health economist at the University of Heidelberg and a professor of health care and innovation management at the University of Applied Economic Sciences, Ludwigshafen. He is the founder and scientific director of the Institute for Innovation and Valuation in Health Care (Inno Val HC) a not for profit institute based in Eschborn, Germany. Professor Schlander who is also a physician has written ground-breaking studies on the role and limits of current evaluation methodology in adminstrative assessments of medical innovation.
Graduate in economics and in theology, Nicoleta is currently preparing a PhD at the Swiss Federal Polytechnicum (ETH) in Zurich. She has spoken and written on topics related to ethics, economy and theology in Switzerland, China, Denmark and others. She is the author of "St Jean Chrysostome et l'Homo Oeconomicus" a scholarly work that explores the theological roots of market ethics. She has joined Medicine & Liberty in 2009 as our research fellow in charge of Ethics in Economics.
Dr Francis Thevoz is a Cardiovascular surgeon by training. Past-president of the Société Vaudoise de Médecine he is also a former councilor of the City of Lausanne where he served as Director of finances. He is currently a member of the finance commision of the city's parliament. Francis will notably participate in the development of MedLib's, Privamed-Pro project.
Sophie Crespo MD, our special projects & editorial consultant based in Geneva, graduated from Basel University Medical School. She holds specialist titles in intern al medicine and anesthesiolog. Sophie currently works at Geneva University Hospitals as well as for Mobile Anesthesia Care.
Dr Fabienne Gay-Crosier, joined MedLib's Medical Advisory Council in 2014. She is past president of the professional policy commisssion at the Swiss Society of Clinical Allergology and Immunology and is a firm advocate of professional independence for physicians. Author of "Geneva's White Paper on Allergy" Fillon Impr. Oct. 2015.
Dr D'Amato Sizonenko is a geneticist specialized in rare diseases. She is presently Coordinator for Switzerland of Orphanet, an international database of information on rare diseases and orphan drugs for all publics, designed to contribute to the improvement of the diagnosis, care and treatment of patients with rare diseases.
Martin Krause is the diirector of the Centro de Investigations de instituciones y Mercados de Argentina: professor of Economics at the University of Buenos Aires.
Philip Stevens, Director of Policy at International Policy Network, London is the author of numerous health policy publications, including Fighting the diseases of Poverty (2007), Free trade for better health (2006) and The 10/90 Gap and the diseases of poverty (2004). He has also held research positions at the Adam Smith Institute and Reform in London and holds degrees from the London School of Economics and Durham University.
After graduating in Biology at UPenn in Philadelphia, Ms Shahnaz Radjy was active in humanitarian action in Bolivian hospitals, and founded an A-TIC internet venture in Bolivia. She has also organized events for the International Labor Organization in Geneva and worked for the Davos World Economic Forum. Shahnaz is now based in NY and works as senior communications specialist for Vitality.
Bartley Madden is an independent researcher who has developed "Dual Tracking": a fast lane for access to experimetal medicines, that also introduces an open database on new therapies. Bart Maddens concept is supported by Vernon Smith, Nobel prize in economics 2002 and by other reputed US economists. He has authored a monograph: "Dual Tracking, More Choices Better Health" edited by the Heartland Institute, Chicago.
Graduate from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédéerale de Lausanne (EPFL). Information and technology specialist, owner at Amadeus IT solutions. Swiss representative fo the International Society for Individual Liberty ISIL.
President of the Swiss Society for the Independence of medicine and editor in chief of « Der Arzt und sein Patient / Le Médecin et son Patient » Journal. Author of "Serons nous tous euthanasiés?" Ed.Cabedita (2015).
Professor of economics at the University of Québec in Outaouais. Author of "Le Droit de porter des armes"(1993), "Comprendre l'économie (2008) and other works such as "Public Health Insurance under a Non Benevolent State". Editor of Liberty in Canada online tribune.
Georges Lane is a Professor of economics at the University of Paris-Dauphine where he teaches insurance economics.
Philip Stevens, Director of Policy
Philip is the author of numerous health policy publications, including Fighting the diseases of Poverty (2007), Free trade for better health (2006) and The 10/90 Gap and the diseases of poverty (2004). His writings on health policy have appeared in a wide range of international newspapers. Philip has also held research positions at the Adam Smith Institute and Reform in London, and spent several years as a management consultant. He holds degrees from the London School of Economics and Durham University.
Swiss ENT surgeon and medical philosopher. One of the founding members of IATROS, a world organization of private and independent physicians. Writes regularly on medical ethics and other issues in various medical journals and in his blog.
Ernest unfortunately passed away on March 11th, 2015 and wil be deeply regretted by all those who knew him. The founding principles of Medicine and Liberty were strongly influenced by his profound understanding of the medical mission and his uncompromising attachment to Hippocratic ethics.
Professor of economics at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid. Founder of Medicina en Libertad (MedLib.es) and of Madrid's Instituto Juan de Mariana.
Gabriel is now the president of Francisco Marroquin University in Guatemala.
Professor of economics at the University of Geneva. President of Institut Constant de Rebecque, Lausanne. Member of Geneva Parlliament. Past president of the Mont Pelerin Society.
A practicing Opthalmologist in Lausanne. Active in Swiss medical professional politics he is a staunch defender of medical autonomy. He is on the editorial board of the Swiss medical journal "Arzt un Patient" (Physician and Patient)
Alphonse Crespo founder and executive director of Medicine and Liberty. Swiss orthopedic surgeon, author of Esculape Foudroyé (Les Belles Lettres 1991), ISBN 2-251-39008-1 and of numerous essays and articles such as Black Market Medicine an Ethical alternative to State Control, Outlawing Medicine or The End of Welfare and its effect on the Poor. President of the Cercle de philosophie politique Benjamin Constant at the Institut Libéral a Swiss think tank founded in 1979. Also conducts Med-Consilium a Swiss accident insurance consulting & assessment independent service.
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NOW A CLASSIC
How Greek mythology helps us understand crisis in modern health care.
Multicast produced by MedLib and AAPS, voices opinions of doctors from US, Switzerland and Germany, on role of Government in healthcare.
Cross-country physician survey conducted for MedLib by Consensus Research covering US, Switzerland, Germany & Singapore, on the impact of health care environments on professional autonomy and mission.
To video presentation of preliminary results:
AAPS Conference 2010 (Speaker Dr Alphonse Crespo/You-Tube)
To media summaries:
ECONOMICS OF medical choice
Experimental economics opens new pathways for patient empowerment and medical innovation. In an exclusive dialogue with Dr. Alphonse Crespo, Professor VERNON SMITH, Nobel laureate in economics explains how,
Source: Courrier du Médecin Vaudois
Another thoughtful Alert and Oriented piece by Michel Accad MD tackles the moral and ethical dilemna tied to assisted suicide.
The success story of William W. Mayo, founder of the Mayo Clinic, highlighted by Michel Accad MD demonstrates the power of laissez-faire in health care.
Lithuania's newly appointed healthcare minister Vytenis Andriukaitis recently advanced that the USSR had offered one of the best health care models in the world. He mentioned the United Kingdom's NHS as his other icon. Lithuania's minister either suffers from a short memory, from a short sight... or was (hopefully) misquoted.
The American Medical Association (AMA) recently voted to reaffirm support of compulsory health insurance. Medical corporate lobbies generally end up bowing to power, even if this means betraying the legitimate interests of front-line working doctors and of suffering patients. The AMA does no better in this respect, than many of its European equivalents.
A timely reappraisal of the contribution of Rousseau, Necker, Mme de Stael, Constant and Sismondi to modern political thought. This paper describes how these pivotal figures can teach us how to move from social-democratic quagmires to a free society.
Three powerful clips from SwiMSA their association, call for a moratorium on DRG's
WikiLeaks unveils only marginal and anecdotic aspects of political hypocrisy. Yet this proves sufficient to unleash the wrath of government Goliaths peeved by Julian Assange's quixotic challenge.
Hippocrates acknowledged the contractual nature of patient-physician relationship and laid down basic rules to keep the economical interface of medical service within an ethical framework. Hippocratic precepts leave little room for third parties. Third-party-free practices as promoted by AAPS signal a revival of Hippocratic entrepreneurship.
The Courrier du Medecin Vaudois a Swiss medical journal, published a special feature on Health Savings Accounts (HSA's) including articles from Guillaume Vuillemey, Georges Lane and Alphonse Crespo. Proposals to look at Singapore's Medisave success story were relayed by journals such as Le Temps and the Swiss Radio Journal
Bludgeoning wealth is a seasoned tool of demagogic reform. Envy always finds a constituency that enables irresponsible political leaders – such as those that strive to confiscate American health care... and more – to tax their way to their misdeeds. Wealth, however can unfortunately only be confiscated once. Once wasted by government and its bureaucracies it can't be confiscated again.
The eloquent voice of physicians that truly care for their patients at last heard loud and clear.
Watch the latest video released by Medicine & Liberty & AAPS
equates compulsory health insurance with "a core ethical and moral
obligation". Compelling citizen A to pay provider B for care of patient
C is not the same thing as “looking out for one another.” The moral
premise that claims to drive Obamacare is tainted by coercion. Public welfare and its clones kill altruism and charity whenever and wherever they are instituted. (Read more)
America's spin doctor in chief demonstrated - in a forceful attempt to impose his views on health care - how deep the gulf can be, that separates political rhetoric from reason. His eloquence however was not sufficient to blur hard facts. Forcing Bismarckian iron social security blueprints into the American way of life will come with more taxes.
Once upon a time there was Pravda. Today "official truths" elbow their way in more covert fashion as the recent muzzling of a League of American Voters' ad opposing Obamacare demonstrates.
An armada of spin doctors has been called at the bedside of Obamacare. Their mission is simple: to save Obama's pet project from the growing tide of grass root objections that rise from all corners: taxpayers, physicians, seniors.
Polls show that Americans begin to see through the demagogic smoke that obscures the bottom line of current road maps for health reform. Swiss citizens demonstrated the same wisdom when 71% (!!!) of them told their politicians that they did not need a single payer (i.e. a single decider) to manage their health care. This was not a poll but a referendum vote, March 11th 2007
Health care taxes not only bring more pork to politicians, they also mean veterinarian care for humans... When we're old and ailing, officials will decide whether we get treatment or a mercy shot!
Complex and cautious democratic processes aimed at consensus, such as those of Switzerland do not always yield expected results (particularly in health care). However, they protect citizens from the mischiefs of demagogy and limit ruinous tributes to special interest groups.
Americans have started reading the small print of socialized health reforms pushed by president Obama and do not like what they see. Five major freedoms lost in Congressional reform schemes have already been identified.
Obama wants new health care laws voted by October. Two declared objectives: cutting health costs and “taking care of the uninsured”. The true name of the game is to increase the power of insurers at the expense of patients, doctors and health industries. (Read more)
Americans must look at European and Canadian government-run health care before allowing legislators to force them into Obamacare's demagogic health trap.
After calling for “pencil strikes” to protest against lab test rationing, Swiss doctor associations now lamely ask physicians to get back to the paperwork… despite the fact that federal health authorities regally ignored their demands.
Obama's former doctor, David Scheiner suggests his illustrious patient has been misled into promoting health reforms cut off from the realities of patient suffering. Dr Scheiners' cures however, will not help neurologic patients...
Ransom, Redistribution, Regulation and Rationing
From New Media UFM
Poder y democracia segun Bertrand de Jouvenel - Universidad Francisco Marroquin
PRESENTACION de Alphonse Crespo (in Spanish)
From New Media UFM
Regulaciones y progreso de la medicina - Universidad Francisco Marroquin
ENTREVISTA con Alphonse Crespo (in Spanish)
From You Tube
From You Tube
PRESENTATION of preliminary results of multi-national physician autonomy study by Dr Alphonse Crespo at 2010 AAPS Conference in Salt Lake City
A series of interviews with professionals determined to keep freedom alive in American medicine.
Swiss medical students have identified the rationing and bureaucratic paperwork that loom behind DRG's (Diagnostic Related Groups). They prove it in 3 powerful video clips.