About The Country Doc

Practicing full spectrum family medicine and teaching the next generation of physicians from the heart of logging and farming country in Elma, Washington.

A Point for Palin

Sarah Palin has received much deserved criticism on everything from her position of issues, to her lavish wardrobe, to her lack of regular reading, but on election day I thought I would give her a single point of praise.  Palin’s so called release of her medical records showed that her … Continue reading

McCain Campaign Sends Mixed Signals on Health Care

Barack Obama is seizing upon a gaffe by McCain adviser, Douglas Holtz-Eakin, about the Republican candidates’ health care plan.  When the adviser was asked on CNN Money about young workers abdoning employment based health care.  “Why would they leave?” he said. “What they are getting from their employer is way better than what they … Continue reading

Make Health Care Like Baseball

New York Times Op-Ed piece yesterday by the unusual triumvirate of Bill Beane, Newt Gingrich, and John Kerry analogized the obsessive nature of baseball statistics to where we should head with health care.  Baseball has left simple batting and earned run averages for a next generation of statistics including WHIP (walks and … Continue reading

Will Health Care Be the Next Banking Collapse?

Last week two health care experts sounded the alarm that health care may be the next national meltdown on the same scale as the banking industry.  Former HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson and Kenneth Thorpe, PhD of the executive director of the Emory Institute for Advanced Policy Solutions and former deputy assistant of policy … Continue reading