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Michel Accad, MD, practices cardiology and internal medicine in San Francisco, offering individualized care in a free-market setting. His blog about health care and medicine is He also co-hosts the Accad And Koa Report podcast.

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39. Freedom of Speech Regained: How NIFLA v. Becerra Could Impact Medical Practice


A recent US Supreme Court decision has struck down the “professional speech doctrine”. This decision may have far reaching implications across a number of human activities, including health care.
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38. Sally Pipes: The Case Against Single-Payer Healthcare


Support for a single-payer healthcare system in the United States seems to be growing inexorably. Before we resign ourselves to the inevitable fate of “Medicare-4-All,” it may be prudent to remind ourselves or understand better the arguments against a single-payer system.
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37. Hospital Sham Peer Review: What Doctors Need to Know


Peer review by colleagues is an important process by which doctors who misbehave or malpractice can be held accountable and, if necessary, prevented from harming patients. Unfortunately, the process can also be used in bad faith.
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36. Conversation with a Clinical Trialist


The life of a clinical trialist involves juggling multiple demands. Beyond the purely scientific questions are the clinical interests of the patient and the personal demands on the physician.
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35. Why Brain Dead isn’t Dead: An Introduction to “Shewmon’s Challenge”


One of the most fundamental questions that a doctor may be asked to answer is the following: Is this man or is that woman dead? Guest D. Alan Shewmon offers a compelling rebuke to the principal arguments put forth to defend the concept of brain death.
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