Medicare Reimbursement Cuts Affect You Too

With cuts in Medicare slated this year, physicians are once again being put between a rock and a hard place. Reimbursements continue to decrease for all medical services. Given that private insurance companies typically peg their reimbursement rates to those of Medicare, the current downtrend in physician reimbursement is making things difficult for physicians.

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International Working Patterns, Part II: Working Outside the Box

The previous article in this series highlighted the variations in hours of work between different countries and the factors which influence these. This article examines international differences in the extent and composition of non-standard employment, such as part-time and temporary work and fixed-term contracts, and explores some of the reasons for these differences.

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Congress Turns to Depression-Era Ruling to Save Present Economy

The Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2008 – or Bill HR 3221 – is Congress’ latest attempt to stymie the downward spiral of the current economy. The bill is lurching along, having passed the Senate as of July 10 but still awaiting possible changes or even a veto by the president. The foreclosure mess is . . . → Read More: Congress Turns to Depression-Era Ruling to Save Present Economy

The Default Vegetarian: Thoughts on the Economics of Food

Lately, every time I go to the grocery store, all of the most basic items I routinely purchase seem to have increased in price anywhere from a nickel or two to a dollar or more each. Milk, eggs, cereal products, rice, and fresh vegetables all cost more now than they did just a . . . → Read More: The Default Vegetarian: Thoughts on the Economics of Food

Barack Obama: Eloquent but Unrealistic

The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream. By Barack Obama. Crown Publishers, 2006 (Hardcover) and Random House Audio, 2006 (CD). 384 pages. $25.00 (Hardcover) and $29.95 (CD).

In 2006, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama published The Audacity of Hope. I first encountered The Audacity of Hope as an audiobook read by . . . → Read More: Barack Obama: Eloquent but Unrealistic

Exploitation of Farmers: We Are All at Fault

Economics sometimes leads to great injustice and cruel realities. However, sometimes the way man is by his very nature leads to even greater ones. Our economy is growing at a tremendous rate. In India, the growth rate is 9%. Intuitively, this means that the output of the country is increasing by 9% every . . . → Read More: Exploitation of Farmers: We Are All at Fault