Hits & Misses – 2009/02/03

Tanzania bans witch doctors.

The reason: to stop them from killing albinos for medicine… Many are registered with the government and belong to their own medical association, which opposes the ban, saying its members treat 30 percent of the Tanzanian population…. At least 40 albinos have been murdered in Tanzania since mid-2007, many of them hacked to death in front of their families, and their legs, breasts, genitals and other parts carried off. In one case, an albino child 9 months old was taken from its mother and killed.

GAO: Medicare and Medicaid are at “high risk” for waste, fraud and abuse.

According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), more than 10 percent of Medicaid payments in 2007 – $32 billion worth – were improper. [Hat tip to Jim Frogue.]

Singapore is considering paying for organs.

Donors will get up to $33,000. [Hat tip to Alex Tabarrok.]

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  1. Bret says:

    On witch doctors, the real question is: Do they do more good or harm for their patients than regular doctors?

  2. Stephen C. says:

    So in light of the GAO report, what does the Obama administration decide to do? Expand Medicaid. And then they will try to expand Medicare as well.

  3. Tim says:

    John, did you know we have witch doctors in this country? They are called shrinks.

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