August 27th, 2004 - Open Knowledge
Aug. 27th, 2004
09:40 am - Futurama on my dating life:
12:41 pm - 100 Years of Medical Robbery
100 Years of Medical Robbery
by Dale Steinreich
Our mentor has always been Hippocrates, not Adam Smith --President of a County Medical Society at an AMA meeting quoted in the February 16, 1981 issue of the New York Times.
This weekend (June 11-13, 2004), the American Medical Association (AMA) will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its Council on Medical Education. The medical establishment understandably sees the formation of the Council as a good thing. However, some patients aren't ready to celebrate yet, and their instincts may be good.
The American Medical Association (AMA) was founded in 1847 around two propositions: one, all doctors should have a "suitable education" and two, a "uniform elevated standard of requirements for the degree of M.D. should be adopted by all medical schools in the U.S."  In the days of its founding AMA was much more open--at its conferences and in its publications--about its real goal: building a government-enforced monopoly for the purpose of dramatically increasing physician incomes. It eventually succeeded, becoming the most formidable labor union on the face of the earth.
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