anechoic effect

How to Challenge Health Care Corruption Under a Corrupt Regime? – Health Article

In these last few weeks, the US news has been dominated by the release of a redacted verion of the Mueller report which included extensive evidence of questionable behavior by President Trump, his campaign, and various Trump associates.  This week, an editorial in Mother Jones suggested: The Russia scandal was never, in the main, about whether the president would be prosecuted for a crime. It was, and is, about a bigger issue: A wealthy politician who hoped to profit from…

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Why Are We Complicit? A Narrative for Our Era – Health Article

Why are seemingly good people complicit with bad things?  In health care, we have seen seemingly good health care professionals and academics silent in the face of manipulation and suppression of clinical research; deception, attacks on free speech and the press, silencing of whistleblowers;  conflicts of interest; ill-informed, incompetent, self-interested leadership; and outright corruption and crime, including fraud, bribery, and extortion. We have seen the anechoic effect, that cases of such behavior are not the subject of polite discussion.  When…

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The New (Ab)normal in Health Care Dysfunction – Health Article

Introduction: The Issues Ignored by Discusisons of Health Care Reform After the failed attempt to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA, Obamacare) in 2017, we summarized what we thought were the main issues that traditional discussions of health care reform in the US (and sometimes in other countries) did not address.Despite some protestations to the contrary (e.g., here), the US health care system has been plagued by dysfunction.  According to a recent Commonwealth Fund study, the US was…

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The Mysteries Surrounding Rhodes Pharmaceuticals, the Sackler Family’s Second Opioid Company – Health Article

 Mysteries still abound in the not so wonderful world of health care dysfunction, so, quick, the game’s afoot… Today’s mysteries involve beneficial ownership.  Beneficial ownership questions are important to anti-corruption campaigners.  Beneficial ownership simply refers to “anyone who enjoys the benefits of ownership of a security or property, without being on the record as being the owner.” (per Wikipedia). Concealing who really owns a company enables concealing sources of funds (as in money laundering), market power (when the owner also…

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Health Care Renewal: Return of the Anechoic Effect – Health Article

Introduction: Blogging About Taboo Topics in Health Care We started Health Care Renewal in 2004 to discuss the causes of health care dysfunction that rarely were mentioned in polite conversation at the time.  When we started Health Care Renewal, such issues as suppression and manipulation of research, and health care professionals’ conflicts of interests rarely appeared in the media or in medical and health care scholarly literature.  While these issues are now more often publicly discussed, many other topics, such…

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