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  • The right to try new medicines

    July 22, 2016

     

    Bart Madden aptly puts forward his Free to Choose Medicine & Right to Try concept in an enlightening presentation that thoughfully summarizes novative proposals designed to open patient accesss to innovation in respect of their fundamental rights. 

    To the pdf 


  • What is our Mission

    by Melinda Woofter MD

    May 16, 2016

    Melinda Woofter president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) reminds physicians of their essential mission and aptly singles out destructive facets of big brother governement regulation that threaten it. 

    Read the article in AAPSonline


  • Criminalizing Healthcare

    Alphonse Crespo

    March 12, 2013

    Criminalizing Health Care, Old Scapegoats and New Targets

    How regulation treats health care professionals and Pharmaceutical industries as criminals until proved innocent.

    To the essay


  • Regulation, Cartels, Quality & Choice : an Unsustainable Swiss Mix

    Alphonse Crespo MD

    March 18, 2012

    Swiss social security rests on private initiative, employer mandates and government subsidy. Its original design allowed substantial room for individual responsibility and competition while limiting government to the tasks of safeguarding public health and guaranteeing basic provision for disability and age. (...) Compared to other systems, Swiss health care still rates well and some of its specificities do indeed deserve praise.  However lessons can be learned from the circumstances that brought quality downgrades and restriction of choice into what was once an almost perfect health care system.

    Read the article*

    *Original English version of "Regolamentazione, cartelli, qualità e scelta: un mix svizero insostenibile" published by Bruno Leoni Institute 2010 in "Eppur si muove"  (ISBN 978-88-6440-0818-1)


  • Getting Rid of Marx and Bismarck in healthcare: the German quagmire.

    Alphonse Crespo

    November 14, 2011

    Post-war Germany lived with both Bismarckian and Marxist models of socialized health care. With the fall of the Berlin Wall, East Germans dispatched Marxism into the dustbin of history and embraced market capitalism and the free world. The social insurance system offered by reunited Germany however, still owes more to ghosts of the old Prussian order than to the free market.

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  • If Government Control is so Great, Why Are German Physicians so Unhappy?

    Alphonse Crespo, Philip Stevens

    June 10, 2011

    Comparative effectiveness research is a bureaucratic gimmick that strikes at physician professional autonomy. It has significantly hurt physician motivation in Germany. It will do the same wherever it is implemented. It also lays the ground for conflict between modern precision medicine - that moves physicians towards genetically guided personalized treatment - and centralized administrative assessments of “effectiveness” grounded on volatile statistical estimates that blur individual patient characteristics.

    Read the article in JPandS


  • What “Comparative Effectiveness Research” Means to You

    Jane M. Orient MD

    December 13, 2010

    A billion dollar parasite posing as "comparative effectiveness" is ready to infest US health care while allowing pseudo-researchers to thrive on tax-booties and giving true bureaucrats more tools for rationing.

    Read the Article in AAPS online


  • Electronic Medical Records in the Age of Wikileaks

    Alieta Eck, MD

    December 6, 2010


    Can government keep your personal medical information private? ObamaCare is offering every physician $44,000 in taxpayer dollars to set up a new electronic medical record system: a promising source of MediLeaks.

    Read the article in AAPS Online

  • What We Can Learn From a Canadian Physician About Obamacare

    Alieta Eck MD

    October 12, 2010


    When Dr. Jacques Chaoulli decided to emigrate to the New World in 1979, he opted for Canada, rather than the United States. He wanted to live in the country that seemed more compassionate. He ended up investing his courage and energy in a formidable legal battle to change the rationed Canadian health system he discovered.

    Dr Chaoulli in Salt Lake City (with A. Crespo)

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  • Health Care Reform in the Netherlands

    Valentin Petchkantin

    June 14, 2010


    The Molinari Economic Institute released a paper by Valentin Petchkantin on the positive effects of Dutch health care reform. The dutch moved from a heavily socialized system to more market and choice.

    Read the article


  • Fraud, Waste and Abuse

    George Watson DO

    May 18, 2010

    Dr. Watson, President of the Association of American Physicians & Surgeons and former Air Force officer uncovers the sleazy underside of Obamacare.

     

    Read his article in AAPS online


  • Should healthcare be a human right?

    Jacob Mchangama

    January 5, 2010

    In this new release from IPN, Jacob Mchangama, Danish human rights academic, questions Government's provision of health and demonstrates that  by hurting general prosperity through its intrusions, Government  basically  undermines access to appropriate health care.

     

    READ THE ARTICLE


  • The Morality of Obamacare

    AAPS News of the Day

    October 11, 2009

    Obama equates compulsory health insurance with "a core moral obligation". Compelling citizen A to pay provider B for care of patient C by taxes or premiums, is not the same thing as “looking out for one another.” It invariably kills altruism as is demonstrated wherever and whenever such a model is instituted (Read "The end of welfare and the poor"). Government coercion is not moral: it ultimately leads either to slavery or to strife.

    Read AAPS News of the Day


  • Health Care's Swiss Solution

    by Alphonse Crespo & Phil Stevens

    October 5, 2009

     

    Switzerland is seen as a possible model for US healthcare reform.  Though the Swiss have avoided some pitfalls of Bismarckian systems, they have yet to check the power of cartels spawned by mandatory insurance. An all American solution based on Catastrophic Health Insurance, Health Savings Accounts, tax credits and carefully targeted subsidies would show the world how healthcare can flourish.

    READ THE PAPER

    Source: The City Journal

     


  • Political Malpractice: Health Insurance Misdiagnosis and the Destruction of Medical Wealth

    By Gregory Conko and Philip Klein

    September 11, 2009

     

    In this in depth Issue Paper from the Competitve Entreprise Institute, Gregory Conko and Philip Klein analyse the specificities of third party purchase of health insurance and government regulated medical care and demonstrate how an insufficient undertanding of their effects on costs can significantly damage health care.

    READ THE PAPER

    Source: The Heritage Insider


  • Paying for le Treatment

    Guy Sorman

    August 30, 2009

    Guy Sorman reminds us that there is no such thing as "public, reliable and free" and that  this applies to French health care as it would to any Government funded or controlled service.

    Read the article

    Source: Nicomaque


  • “Illusions of Cost Control in Public Health Care Plans,

    Robert A. Book, Ph.D.

    August 9, 2009

    The claims that the bargaining power of public health plan managers can bring costs down fails to take into account the influence of special interest groups and cartels. This is but one of the many flaws of government driven "cost-containment" that Dr Book's thorough analysis exposes with hard numbers at hand. 

    Source: Heritage Foundation Research,

     

    Note: Similar illusions brought the Swiss to vote in 1994 for mandatory insurance and for stronger regulatory powers to federal public health offices. The Swiss insurer's cartel won the lobbying war of influence that folowed and now dictates cost-containment policies that punish doctors and patients while getting away with substantial insurance premium hikes year after year.


  • Health Insurance & Collectivism

    Tibor Machan

    August 7, 2009

    In *Machan's Inputs"  philosopher Tibor Machan reflects on the collectivist essence of social-democratic health reforms & on the loss of fundamental liberties that they imply 

    Read the Article


  • Health Insurance and Bankruptcy Rates in Canada and the United States

    Brett Skinner & Mark Rovere

    July 9, 2009

    A  short study  conducted by the Fraser Institute comparing health bankruptcy rates in Canada and the US in 2006 & 2007, demonstrates that these ran significantly higher in Canada than in the US.

    Conclusion: Government-run health care does not solve financial problems linked to health; in fact it actually makes them worse!

    READ THE FRASER STUDY


  • Downgrading American Medical Care

    Betsy McCaughey, Ph.D

    June 12, 2009

    Patient advocate and former Lt. Governor of New York State,  Betsy McCaughey PhD, joins the growing number of whistle blowers who have anticipated what President Obama's haste for health reform at all costs could ultimately cost to American citizens in general and to suffering patients in particular.

    Read the Article

    Source: The American Spectator


  • How to Stop Socialized Health Care

    Karl Rove

    June 11, 2009

    America bowed to socialized health care once: with Medicare and Medicaid. Democrats want to take American patients and taxpayers one step further down the slippery road that leads to bureaucratic medicine and rationed care. In a thoughful WSJ op-ed, Karl Rove demonstrates that America does not need a European-style welfare state and shows why socialized health care can't work there.

    READ the op-ep

    Source: The Wall Street Journal


  • Headaches Come with Heidi-care

    Alphonse Crespo

    May 1, 2009

    "The Obama ad­ministration plans to create a $634 billion fund to expand health­care cov­erage in the U.S. It seems as reforms will have a European flavor, drawing inspiration from countries that have adopted compulsory insurance like Switzerland."

    In an op-ed pubished by the Chicago Tribune Alphonse Crespo takes a surgeon's look at Swiss health care and suggests that Americans think twice before adopting this model.

    READ THE ARTICLE


  • COMPARATIVE EFFECTIVENESS: Refining the Standards for FDA Approval & CMS Coverage

    Areta L. Kupchyk & al

    May 1, 2009

    "Comparative effectiveness" (CE) is the latest tool designed to dress bureaucratic control of prescriptions and rationing in scientific garb. Conscientious academics such as Prof. Michael Schandler have described the methodological flaws that undermine CE data. It is now the turn of reputed lawyers such as Areta L. Kupchyk to recommend caution before using CE in FDA or Medicare/Medicaid centralized decision processes.

    READ THE WORKING PAPER

    From the Washington Legal Foundation 

    (Source: Insideronline.org) 


     

  • The Decline of Social Insurance in Modern Healthcare

    Alphonse Crespo

    February 19, 2009

    Lessons from Switzerland and beyond

    READ THE PAPER

  • A Clockwork Model that Fails to Keep Promises

    Alphonse Crespo

    February 19, 2009

    Swiss care ripe for change: assessing promises and problems

    READ THE PAPER

  • The Morality of Medical Black Markets

    Alphonse Crespo

    February 19, 2009

    Black is in the eye of the beholder

    READ THE PAPER

  • Healthcare: State Failure

    Institute of Economic Affairs

    January 18, 2009

     

    The Institute of Economic Affairs publishes a timely update on the consequences of state intrusion in healthcare including an article from Pierre Bessard, Member of our MedECON Academic board.

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  • DIALOGUE WITH NOBEL LAUREATE VERNON SMITH

    V.Smith, A.Crespo

    November 7, 2008

     Courrier du Médecin Vaudois

    medical choice

    In an exclusive dialogue with Alphonse Crespo, Nobel Laureate Vernon Smith, explains how experimental economics open new institutional pathways for patient choice and medical innovation.

    READ THE PAPER

  • Black Market Medicine: an Ethical Alternative to State Control

    Alphonse Crespo

    September 1, 2008

    A classic on ethics vs. state morality in medical care

    READ THE PAPER

  • WHO promotes obsolete statist myths

    Philip Stevens

    September 1, 2008

    International bureaucrats still believe that only massive government intervention can end disease and poverty. Philip Stevens comments WHO's doctrinary report on the "social deteminants of health" in the South China Morning Post

    READ THE OP-ED

  • Privatization of health care in Canada?

    Pierre Lemieux

    August 31, 2008

    I love you, neither do I: Canadian health care music sung by Pierre Lemieux in his Liberty in Canada chronicle

    READ THE CHRONICLE

  • Trouble in the Ranks

    Glen Whitman

    May 25, 2008

    A study published by Campaign for Fighting Diseases shows how WHO’s health system rankings are biased towards taxpayer-funded systems.

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  • Outlawing Medicine

    Alphonse Crespo

    January 1, 2008

    Despite global privatization of state industries and services that followed the Thatcher revolution, bureaucratic regulation of Medicine is still largely accepted as the norm and state control of health care has never ceased to grow...

    READ THE PAPER

  • En Defensa del Derecho de Informacion al Paciente

    Alphonse Crespo

    July 10, 2007

    Published by the Instituto Juan de Mariana a paper that highlights freedom of information (in Spanish)

    READ THE PROLOGUE

  • Lessons From Europe and Canada

    IPN & Galen

    2007

    The dangers of undermining patient choice highlighted by a study published by the Institute for Policy Innovation and the Galen Institute

    READ THE PAPER

  • The Old, the Ailing & the State

    Alphonse Crespo

    2009

    How modern social security perverts medical ethics and corrupts the philosophy of welfare

    READ THE PAPER

  • The Hazards Of Harassing Doctors

    Alphonse Crespo & Marc Siegel

    2009

    A disquieting essay on the rising rumble of doctor protest and revolt in Europe, published by CMPI NY

    READ THE PAPER

  • Local Pharmaceutical Production in Developing Countries

    Dr Roger Bate

    2008

    How protectionism hinders care and cure in developing nations

    READ THE PAPER

  • The Myth of a General AIDS Pandemic

    James Chin

    2008

    How billions are wasted on unnecessary AIDS prevention programmes. A discussion paper published by Campaign for Fighting Diseases

    READ THE PAPER

  • Foreign Aid for Health

    Philip Stevens

    2008

    How government to government aid for healthcare feeds parasites without improving health in populations. A study by Campaign for Fighting Diseases published in association with MedLib.CH.

    READ THE PAPER

     

  • The Truth about Drug Innovation

    Benjamin Zycher & al

    2008

    Who really pays for drug innovation? A recent study from the Manhattan Institute's Center for Medical Progress & Tufts University scientists demonstrates the vital role of the private sector in this crucial field of therapeutic progress.

    READ THE STUDY

  • Canadian health care's dirty little secrets

    The Fraser Institute

    2008

    A new study from the Fraser Institute demonstrates that Canada's sovietized health care counts a proportion of uninsured population at least equivalent to that of the US. This paper confirms the cruel shortcomings of single payer health monopolies compared to pluralistic insurance models.

    READ THE PAPER

  • The landscape of patient information in Germany

    A Prognosis Study

    2008

    Patients are the first concerned by new products that could cure them. They use Interrnet to bypass government restrictions on pharma information. Germans are no exception.

    READ THE STUDY

  • AAPS reminds us of fundamental principles that should guide medical policy

    2008

     

    In the wake of an impending overhaul of America's healthcare system, the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons  (JAPandS) aptly reminds policy makers of essential principes that underly human medical services.

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  • Why a New Public Plan Will Not Improve American Health Care

    Walton J. Francis

    2009

    "Why should Americans believe that after 40 lethargic years the Medicare program, as run by Congress, will be transformed into an innovative, nimble pro­gram that can reform health care and reduce waste and overuse of health care services?"

    Walton Francis, economist and policy analyst tackles this crucial question in a backgrounder for Heritage Foundation.

    READ THE ARTICLE


  • When Doctors Opt Out!

    Marc Siegel

    2009

    "Health insurance doesn't automatically lead to health care." Dr Marc Siegel reminds us that medicine cannot work without physicians in a timely article published by the Wall Street Journal

    READ THE ARTICLE


  • Wrong answers to high drug prices

    Philip Stevens

    2009

     

    Rationing of new therapeutic products on grounds of price not only reflects health policy makers' insensitivity to human suffering, it is also a sign of poor economics. Cure ultimately costs less than disease and innovation is a long term investment. Philip Steven's article on government mishandling of health care provision and of drug approval processes explains how.

    READ THE ARTICLE

    Source: The Fraser Institute


  • Cost of Canadian waiting lists tops $750 million

    AAPS News of the Day

    2008

    Canadians pay a heavy price for their rationing of medical care by the queue. Not only in terms of human suffering (though that is irrelevant for health policy makers) but also in loss of productivity. In 2008, an estimated 750,794 Canadians were waiting for treatment after an appointment with a specialist.

    The Fraser Institute calculates that  queues cost Canadians more than $750 million in 2008. As the AAPS highlights in News of the day: the public system saves less thant what it wastes by restricting access to medical care and private persons pay the cost.

    READ THE ARTICLE


  • What does the “stimulus bill” mean for medicine?

    AAPS News of the Day

    2009

     

    "As it was physically impossible for congressmen to have read the mammoth “stimulus bill” (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) before voting on it, or for the President to have read it before signing it, our rulers themselves are probably only dimly aware of what they have done."

    This will unfortunately impact on American medicine as AAPS's predicts in News of the Day

    READ THE ARTICLE