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Subject: qotd: Cleveland Clinic's Steven Nissen supports single payer
Date: Fri, 6 Dec 2013 10:08:15 -0800
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MedPage Today
December 5, 2013
10 Questions: Steven Nissen, MD
By Todd Neale

What's the biggest barrier to practicing medicine today? That's just the
first of 10 questions the MedPage Today staff is asking leading
clinicians and researchers to get their personal views on their chosen
profession. In this series we share their uncensored responses. Here,
answers from Steven Nissen, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic.

There, Nissen is chair of the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of
Cardiovascular Medicine. A past president of the American College of
Cardiology and former chair of the FDA's Cardiovascular Renal Drugs
Advisory Committee, he has had a leading role in highlighting potential
risks associated with certain drugs, including rofecoxib (Vioxx) and
rosiglitazone (Avandia). In 2007, Nissen was included on Time Magazine's
list of "100 men and women whose power, talent, or moral example is
transforming the world."

1. What's the biggest barrier to your practicing medicine today?

The lack of a single-payer system. We waste enormous amounts of time and
energy dealing with insurance companies, whose major goal is figuring
out how not to cover patients.

Comment: A couple hundred thousand physicians are closet single payer
supporters. If only we could get more of them to out themselves, as
Cleveland Clinic's Steven Nissen has done here, maybe the public would
understand that we really could have an improved Medicare for everyone
since so many doctors agree.

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