Administrative Causalities Are Not Uncommon

Marcy ZwellingGeneral, Health ReformLeave a Comment

Published in the Orange County Register: June 5, 2014 The only surprise about the tragedy concerning patients dying while waiting in line at our Veterans Affairs hospitals is that anyone would be surprised. I am surprised that no one is addressing the fact that these types of administrative casualties go on daily all across the country. For years, doctors have … Read More

Doctors Aren’t an Afterthought

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Published in the Orange County Register: May 22, 2014 It may not be long before a hospital will be the least likely place to find a doctor. Pressures are mounting to replace physicians with computers, guidelines, nurse practitioners and even pharmacists. The assault on the patient/doctor relationship continues to mount. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently made a final … Read More

Deceptive Communications Threaten Patient Treatment

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Published in Orange County Register: March 21, 2014 Some California pharmacy benefit managers may be intentionally misleading doctors and making it more difficult for doctors do their jobs. As is often the case when health plans and benefit managers insert themselves into the physician-patient relationship, patients could ultimately pay the price. Pharmacy benefit managers have sent misleading letters to California … Read More

Bound by Medical Regulations

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Published in the Orange County Register: January 24, 2014 It is understandable Americans are distraught about the health care exchange and about losing insurance and their doctors. But, so are doctors. And it is not all about the money. The frustrations and cost of providing care mostly due to regulations and the costs are enormous. My office spends hours of … Read More

Nowhere to Hide your Data

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Published in Orange County Register: January 16, 2014 Congress is back in session and the U.S. House of Representatives has passed the Health Exchange Security and Transparency Act to assure Americans that Congress is monitoring the healthcare.gov website. Indeed, consumers need to know that their government is at least capable of securing Americans’ privacy, but there is more. What Congress … Read More

Restoring the Health Care System

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Published in the Orange County Register: November 4, 2013 The GOP must become the party of solutions and guide Congress through revisions to the Affordable Care Act. That must happen now. Americans cannot afford to wait until 2014, when the GOP wins the Senate, to undo the consequences of this overreaching law. American citizens have demanded repeal of unworkable laws … Read More

Letter to the Editor: Affordable Care Act is No Panacea

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Published in the Orange County Register: Sept. 27, 2013 LOS ALAMITOS, Marcy Zwelling, vice chair, American Academy of Private Physicians: Just this week, a personal friend called with a medical dilemma. He had just learned he had lung cancer. What should he do? Where should he pursue his care? He was relieved that he was insured. He, like most patients, … Read More

Affordable Care Act Enthusiasm Wanes

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Published in the Orange County Register: July 24, 2013 The Affordable Care Act, such as it is, was never about care and it is surely not affordable. The fact that it is inoperable is no surprise to those of us who read the bill. Like a malignant tumor, the law has wrapped its head around the most integral and vital … Read More

Obamacare’s Impact on Choice

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Published in the Orange County Register: April 18, 2013 Each day America is getting the news the Affordable Care Act is delayed, morphed, more expensive than expected, or failing. Americans were promised that it would change our health care delivery system forever. That part is surely true. The promise that everyone will have insurance simply cannot happen because Obamacare has … Read More

Taking back the profession

Marcy ZwellingGeneral, Health ReformLeave a Comment

The past several weeks of political debate have been painful for me as I’m sure they have for anyone who believes in liberty.  It is time that someone grab the national microphone and put this political debate back on track.  We could use  Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu as an example of focused inspired leadership.  Tonight the Prime Minister made it … Read More