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John Livingston

Organized Medicine — Organized Corruption and Tuskegee Revisited

Organized medicine in all the modern Western Countries over the past 100 years has been at best progressive and in selected instances fascist in its application of moral and ethical standards. For conservatives, the predicate for any policy position or legal edict can be found in Biblical and Natural Law Principles. We look backwards to […]

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John Livingston

Our Medicaid System is Riddled with Fraud and Deceit

Where are the grown-ups? Where are our leaders? In 2020, early in the Covid Political Pandemic, Congress increased the Federal Governments Medicaid “match”. As one of the conditions for receiving these extra monies, States cannot disenroll Medicaid beneficiaries who become ineligible. Only those that die, leave a State or request to be disenrolled are dropped […]

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John Livingston

Why We Can’t Afford Healthcare

The day I retired I was honored to receive a phone call from Governor Otter asking me to serve on the new Idaho Health Insurance Exchange Board. I was not in favor of the Exchange, but I saw an opportunity moving forward to possibly “privatize the exchange” and put it in the hands of health […]

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John Livingston

Accountability and Perspective

The after-action reports and the Monday morning quarterbacking have yet to take place regarding our State’s Covid response. Maybe we are waiting until after the November general elections. Historically in the medical and nursing professions every death and every bad outcome is reviewed at the clinical level giving context to the analysis done at the […]

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John Livingston

The Parrot on the Shoulder of Medicine

I was blessed to practice surgery and medicine for 44 years. Almost half of that time was in the Navy, the other half in Boise. Twenty-five years ago, I was asked to help rebuild the trauma center at St. Al’s and I was lucky enough to recruit four outstanding surgeons from three outstanding medical schools. […]

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John Livingston

Corruption is Growing

Tonight, I am in San Antonio Texas at Ft. Sam Houston. I am teaching for the last time a course for military doctors and surgeons that I have been part of since 1983. We have military and civilian instructors. Several of the instructors work full time for the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the […]

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John Livingston

Comorbidities and Unintended Consequences

As Chris Rock opined tonight “I’m still processing.” I just came back from teaching a military trauma course at Ft. Sam Houston. We had about 60 students from across the USA and several corners of the world. All surgeons or physicians who are currently serving in the military of their countries. The instructors were all […]

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Life Saving Legislation Introduced

CRISIS STANDARDS OF CARE LEGISLATION INTRODUCED! We are happy to report that, after much work and prayer, we were able to get legislation introduced this past week to limit the scope of “Crisis Standards of Care” …and to provide strong patient protections if we move again into health care rationing: Patients’ Living Wills have to […]

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John Livingston

The Political Economy of Mass Hysteria

Never underestimate the power of peer pressure or the power of the mind. Mass hysteria or technically Mass Psychogenic Illness (MPI) is defined as the spread of symptoms either psychological or physiological that have no bases or environmental or pathologic causes. When I was the Medical Officer on the USS Virginia our Nuclear reactors were […]

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John Livingston

The Medical Industrial Complex

I have spent an hour as often as possible watching the Idaho Joint Finance Appropriations Committee (JFAC) proceedings. Without making comments about the process of setting a budget, the absolute disconnect between economic reality and public policy is astonishing. During the course of the political pandemic all fifty States have seen a surplus in their […]

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John Livingston

Hospitals Have Lost Their Way

In this weekend’s Wall Street Journal Al Hubbard and Brian Blasé have written an article about the high prices charged by major hospitals in the State of Indiana. The article starts out by stating “When most people hear the word non-profit, they think of a benevolent organization driven by the desire to serve their communities”. […]

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John Livingston

Natural Immunity is better than Vaccination

It is time for Idaho hospitals that fired health care workers —mostly nurses but many doctors, who had acquired natural immunity from Covid-19 and who refused to be vaccinated, to return these brave people back to their jobs. Most took care of sick patients on the wards and in ICUs before there were any vaccines […]

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