Headlines I Wish I Hadn’t Seen

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  1. Steve says:

    As one who is currently pursuing a PhD in the social sciences, I can tell you that this is not the first time that I have had an inclination that there was corruption in the peer review process. The academic community tends to look down its nose at the business and non-profit world because they do not have the same “lofty and trusted” peer review process, but there is frequently a bias toward the type of articles accepted, and sometimes even a flagrant misuse of data or misrepresentation of findings.

    Need an example? try to get a paper published regarding the dubious evidence for man-made global warming.

  2. Freedom Lover says:

    Surprise, Surprise: VA wait times were much longer than previously estimated. That is what you get when you have the government in charge of people’s healthcare. In fact, the VA system is the closest thing the US has to truly single-payer system, and this ought to be a warning to all of us who care about costs and quality in medical care.

    • Thomas says:

      No wonder they were fudging the numbers on wait times. They knew they were terrible. This is great precursor to what life will be in a single payer American health care system.

  3. Flyover Country American says:

    What a shame it is to hear how much time veterans spend filling out paperwork. The huge government bureaucracy encourages it though, so it shouldn’t be all that shocking.

    What we need is less government involvement, and more free-market choices. For example, I usually go to “Minute Clinics” inside CVS for routine care, and I spend less than about 3 minutes filing out paper work, and I get in the see the healthcare worker in a matter of minutes. No appointment necessary either.

  4. Frank says:

    I wonder if it would be beneficial to place a disclaimer on studies that describes the peer-review process

  5. Bill B. says:

    “Electronic health records are ripe for theft.”

    Once EMRs went widespread, I felt like it was only a matter of time before this happened.

  6. James M. says:

    I wonder if there is a opiate problem that isn’t being addressed in Massachusetts. Perhaps it is just a trend in New England as a whole, but it is surprising nonetheless.

  7. Devon Herrick says:

    VA wait times triple initial estimates.

    People think of the VA scandal as a travesty that was allowed to occur. But, maybe the long waiting times were an intentional queue? The VA Health System has something like eight (8) different selection criteria for which group receives priority. Not every service member is eligible. By making it difficult to get care, many opt for private coverage through work or the job of a spouse. If it were too easy to get care through the VA, many more people would utilize the VA facilities.

  8. Steve says:

    The corruption in the peer review process is also disturbing. We know the liberal arts departments in most colleges are overwhelmingly left of center, and the topics in their research often reflect as much. That topic selection is biased is bad enough, but fudging the data and being less than transparent in the research process is even more egregious!