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31 May (6-8pm)-1 June (9.30am - 4.45pm) at Widder Hotel

Symposium ; ; Health Care's dilemma: Provision or Redistribution.

- 28 March 2012 (12.30-2.30pm) Radisson Blu EU Hotel, Rue d´Idalie, 35 – 1050).

Round table on "The challenges of chronic diseases in developing countries "
with Eric de Roodenbeke, Chief Executive of the International Hospital Federation.

Experts present at this meeting stressed the he need to encourage therapeutic innovation in order to find cures to chronic disease not only in developing countries but in modern societies in general .

Introduced by ; Dr Jorgo Chatzimarkarkis MEP, Dr Alphonse Crespo, Alexandra Wyke and Dr Meir Pugatch discussed arbitrary drug switching and argued that therapeutic decisions should be left to the responsibility of physcians and informed patients.

Jacques Chaoulli and other medical freedom fighters proposed strategies to parry threats on medical care in the US and beyond as well as concrete ways to opt out of third party controlled medical practice .

corporating the World TaxPayers’ Conference and the Free Market Roadshow and a seesion on "Campaigning for Heathcare Reform" including a panel featuring Alphonse Crespo. The Gala dinner was honored by the presence of Lady Margaret Thatcher.

Program included a session on Health Care Markets & Efficienc y chaired by Prof Thomas Saving (Texas A&M University) Panelists: Prof. James Henderson, Prof. Earl Grinols, Drs John Goodman, Nora Janjan & Alphonse Crespo

Swiss social security rests on private initiative, employer mandates and government subsidy. Its original design allowed substantial room for individual responsibility and competition while limiting government to the tasks of safeguarding public health and guaranteeing basic provision for disability and age. (...) Compared to other systems, Swiss health care still rates well and some of its specificities do indeed deserve praise. ; However lessons can be learned from the circumstances that brought quality downgrades and restriction of choice into what was once an almost perfect health care system.
Read the article*

(ISBN 978-88-6440-0818-1)
If Government Control is so Great, Why Are German Physicians so Unhappy? Alphonse Crespo, Philip Stevens
Comparative effectiveness research is a bureaucratic gimmick that strikes at physician professional autonomy. It has significantly hurt physician motivation in Germany . It will do the same wherever it is implemented. It also lays the ground for conflict between modern precision medicine - that moves physicians towards genetically guided personalized treatment - and centralized administrative assessments of “effectiveness” grounded on volatile statistical estimates that blur individual patient characteristics.
Read the article in JPandS
What “Comparative Effectiveness Research” Means to You Jane M. Orient MD
A billion dollar parasite posing as "comparative effectiveness" is ready to infest US health care while allowing pseudo-researchers to thrive on tax-booties and giving true bureaucrats more tools for rationing.
Read the Article in AAPS online
Electronic Medical Records in the Age of Wikileaks Alieta Eck, MD
Can government keep your personal medical information private? ObamaCare is offering every physician $44,000 in taxpayer dollars to set up a new electronic medical record system: a promising source of MediLeaks.
Read the article in AAPS Online
h3>Dialogue with a Nobel Laureate ;

Experimental economics opens new pathways for patient choice and medical innovation.

in an exclusive dialogue with Dr. Alphonse Crespo .

followed by original English essay ( edited by the author ).

Authored by Grace Marie Turner & other prominent experts, a must-read for Americans who want to know what ; their bungled health care reform really has to offer.

Bartley Madden 's brilliant Dual Tracking concept explained in his new book, opens a fast lane to therapeutic innovation that can prove crucial for individuals fighting life-threatening conditions. Dual tracking

therapeutic choice in the hands of doctors and patients.

Andreas Beivers, Alphonse Crespo, Alberto Mingardi, Günter Neubauer, Gabriele Pelissero e Valentin Petkantchin offer an update on health care reform in their respective countries.

cademic board is both an economist and a physician. He offers his unique expertise in this in-depth study on the scope and limits of health technology assessment as illustrated by UK's National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)

"Economics has little to do with money: it is above all about choices and their impact on society."

cademic Board member, in his latest book" Comprendre l'Economie " (Understanding Economics ) pubished by Les Belles-Lettres (Paris).

Michael Schlander

Professor Michael Schlander MD, PhD, MBA is a health economist at the University of Heidelberg and a professor of health care and innovation management at the University of Applied Economic Sciences, Ludwigshafen. He is the founder and scientific director of the Institute for Innovation and Valuation in Health Care (Inno Val HC) a not for profit institute based in Eschborn, Germany. ; Professor Schlander who is also a physician has written ground-breaking studies on the role and limits of current evaluation methodology in ; adminstrative assessments of medical innovation.

Nicoleta Acatrinei

Graduate in economics and in theology, Nicoleta is currently preparing a PhD at the Swiss Federal Polytechnicum (ETH) in Zurich. She has ; spoken ; and written ; on topics related to ethics, economy and theology in Switzerland, China, Denmark and others. She is the author of " St Jean Chrysostome et l'Homo Oeconomicus" a scholarly work that explores the theological roots of market ethics. She has joined Medicine & Liberty in 2009 as our research fellow in charge of Ethics in Economics.

Francis Thevoz

Dr Francis Thevoz is a Cardiovascular surgeon by training. Past-president of the Société Vaudoise de Médecine he is also a former councilor of the City of Lausanne where he served as Director of finances. He is currently a member of the finance commision of the city's parliament. Francis will notably participate in the development of ; MedLib's, Privamed-Pro project.

Loredana D'Amato Sizonenko MD

Dr D'Amato Sizonenko is a geneticist specialized in rare diseases. She is presently Coordinator for Switzerland of Orphanet, an international database of information on rare diseases and orphan drugs for all publics, designed to contribute to the improvement of the diagnosis, care and treatment of patients with rare diseases.

Martín Krause

Martin Krause is the diirector of the Centro de Investigations de instituciones y Mercados de Argentina: professor of Economics at the University of Buenos Aires.

Philip Stevens

Philip Stevens, Director of Policy at International Policy Network, London is the author of numerous health policy publications, including Fighting the diseases of Poverty (2007), Free trade for better health (2006) and The 10/90 Gap and the diseases of poverty (2004). He has also held research positions at the Adam Smith Institute and Reform in London and holds degrees from the London School of Economics and Durham University.

Shahnaz Radjy

After graduating in Biology at UPenn in Philadelphia, Ms Shahnaz Radjy was active in humanitarian action in Bolivian hospitals, and founded an A-TIC internet venture in Bolivia. She has also ; organized events for the International Labor Organization in Geneva and now works for the Davos World Economic Forum.
Contact: [email protected]

Bart Madden

Bartley Madden is an independent researcher who has developed "Dual Tracking": a fast lane for access to experimetal medicines, that also introduces an open database on new therapies. Bart Maddens concept is supported by Vernon Smith, Nobel ; prize in economics 2002 and by other reputed US economists. He has authored a monograph: "Dual Tracking, More Choices Better Health" edited by the Heartland Institute, Chicago.

Stefan Metzeler

Graduate from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédéerale de Lausanne ( EPFL ). Information and technology specialist, owner at Amadeus IT solutions. Swiss representative fo the International Society for Individual Liberty ISIL .
Contact : [email protected]

Pierre Lemieux

Professor of economics at the University of Québec in Outaouais. Author of "Le Droit de porter des armes"(1993), ; "Comprendre l'économie (2008) and other works such as " Public Health Insurance under a Non Benevolent State" . Editor of Liberty in Canada online tribune.

Georges Lane

Georges Lane is a Professor of economics at the University of Paris-Dauphine where he teaches insurance economics.

Philip Stevens

Philip Stevens, Director of Policy
Philip is the author of numerous health policy publications, including Fighting the diseases of Poverty (2007), Free trade for better health (2006) and The 10/90 Gap and the diseases of poverty (2004). His writings on health policy have appeared in a wide range of international newspapers. Philip has also held research positions at the Adam Smith Institute and Reform in London, and spent several years as a management consultant. He holds degrees from the London School of Economics and Durham University.

Ernest Truffer

Swiss ENT surgeon and medical philosopher. One of the founding members of IATROS, a world organization of private and independent physicians. Writes regularly on medical ethics and other issues in various medical journals and in his blog

Gabriel Calzada

Professor of economics at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid. Founder of Medicina en Libertad ; ( and of Madrid's ; Instituto Juan de Mariana

Victoria Curzon Price

Professor of economics at the University of Geneva. President of Institut Constant de Rebecque, Lausanne. Member of Geneva Parlliament. Past president of the Mont Pelerin Society.

Rudolf Mayer

A practicing Opthalmologist in Lausanne. Active in Swiss medical professional politics he is a staunch defender of medical autonomy. He is on the editorial board of the Swiss medical journal "Arzt un Patient" (Physician and Patient)

Alphonse Crespo

Alphonse Crespo Swiss orthopedic surgeon. Author of Esculape Foudroyé (Les Belles Lettres 1991), ISBN 2-251-39008-1 and of numerous essays and articles such as Black Market Medicine an Ethical alternative to State Control , Outlawing Medicine or The End of Welfare and its effect on the Poor . Director of research at the Institut Constant de Rebecque , a Swiss classical liberal / libertarian think tank. He is the founder of Medicine and Liberty. Also conducts Med-Consilium a Swiss accident insurance consulting & assessment independent service.

Serban Sichitiu

Reputed paediatrician practicing in Lausanne. He was one of the founders of Switzerland's Patient and Physician Union active in the defense of patient and phyisician rights and liberties.

Medicine & Liberty (MedLib) is an independent medical network founded in 2007, dedicated to the study and advocacy of liberty, ethics & market in medical services.

From You Tube
INTERVIEW featuring Bart Madden and Jim Doti president of Chapman University shows how dual tracking can save lives.
From You Tube
PRESENTATION of preliminary results of multi-national physician autonomy study by Dr Alphonse Crespo at 2010 AAPS Conference in Salt Lake City
Medical ; Freedom Report (Podcast)
A series of interviews with professionals determined to keep freedom alive in American medicine.
From SwiMSA
Swiss med students yearn to treat patients not paper
Swiss medical students have identified the rationing and bureaucratic paperwork that loom behind DRG's (Diagnostic Related Groups). They prove it in 3 powerful video clips.
Merryl Mathews at AAPS on defunding and repeal of Obamacare


CMPI Geneva Round Table July 7, 2011
Geneva, Hotel Intercontinental - Wednesday 13th July, 12:45-2:30pm
"The challenges of chronic diseases in developing countries "
with Eric de Roodenbeke, Chief Executive of the International Hospital Federation
Buffet lunch will be included - attendance is free of charge
RSVP - [email protected]
Institut Turgot Health Care Seminars April 17, 2011
The Institut Turgot ; lauched a program of seminars on health care systems for the 21st Century. ;The kick-off ; meeting took place on April 12th in Paris.
Discussions hinged around

Prof. Clayton Christensen's "

the Healthcare Crisis. " Discussions were conducted by Louis-Marie Bachelot président of "Alternative Libérale" and Henri Lepage (photo ) president ; of ; the Institut Turgot: "
The Future of our Healthcare Systems March 7, 2011
Conference Rotary Club of Leman-Thonon

Dr Alphonse Crespo - Prof. Victoria Curzon Price
The dynamics of medical progress vs. the challlenge of aging health care systems
European Resource Bank Meeting in London September 19, 2010
The 7th European Resource Bank Meeting held in London Sep 8-10, 2010 enabled free market oriented institutes to exchange on a wide variety of issues that ranged from taxes to health care.
Lord Forsyth and Arthur Laffer gave banquet speeches. Lady Margaret Thatcher ( here with Alphonse Crespo ) honoured the ERBM Gala dinner at Guild Hall.

Central planning of Swiss Hospitals creates debate - Swiss doctors react to a costly and inadequate project in the Chablais area ( Read the articles in the April 2012 issue of CMV - in french ) ;
Doctors demonstrated in Bern on March 31, 2011 to defend family-centred medicine in view of upcoming constitutional health care reform initiatives ( Read Geneva GP's call for action) ;
Restricted entry to medical schools (numerus clausus) and regulatory ban of new medical offices ; (caluse du besoin) has led to a severe shortage of physicians in Switzerland. Close to 40% of Swiss hospital doctors are not Swiss.
Read the newsfeed
Despite the referendum vote that refused a single payer system in 2007, Swiss Socialists announce that they will put the issue of a single public health insurance again on the table in 2010. Spiralling premiums that plague the current mandatory insurance system may lure more voters to move towards socialized health care. ; ; ; ; ; ; Read the newsfeed
PascalCouchepin, former president of Switzerland, outbids Thomas Zeltner: hecalls to close 200 Hospitals in order to control costs ;!!! Professor Leyvraz of CHUV, one of the major University Hospitals aptlypoints out that patients already have to face an acute shortage of beds. Highrates of severe nosocomial infections are directlylinked to overcrowded hospitals: a consequence of government drivenrationing policies. More than 10% of in-patients suffer contamination from a resistant germs while receiving treatment in major Swiss hospitals. Read the newsfeed
Switzerland has slashed 20% of its hospitals in the past 10 years to cut costs. Not good enough, claims Thomas Zeltner chief of Federal Public Health Office whowants to shut down 100 out of 320 remaining hospitals: He indicatesthat Swiss patients must be prepared to travel further for care . Read the Newsfeed
SwissNational Council votes (113 in favor, 56 against) to double patient co-payments for specialized care, in an attempt to control the soaring costsof mandatory health insurance. A proposed increase of the current 2 billion federal subsidiy designed to bring down health insurance premiums of lower income groups insurance was rejected (105 against, 64 in favor). Read the newsfeed
A Sante Suisse study indicates that four out of five Swiss worry about high health insurance premiums .A majority also questions madatory insurance and call for greaterflexibility in madates (i.e. a return to volontary health insurance!). Read the newsfeed

New study on Switzerland's growing shortage of nurses causes alarm. Cost-containmentpolicies in health care not only lead to overworked physician andnursing staffs, they also discourage entry into crucial healthprofessions. Read the newsfeed One out of three women with breast cancer does not get adequate treatment in Swiss hospitals judging by a study of 4749 cases conducted by Dr Beat Thurliman. Read the newsfeed Patients contaminated by swine flu in major Swiss public hospitals. Overworked doctors & understaffed medical teams of major University Hospitals in the spotlight. Read the newsfeed Mandatory health insurance premium hikes of up to 27% are predicted for 2010. Swiss citizens who have opted for high deductible plans likely to be the hardest hit ; Read the newsfeed Martine BRUNCHWIG-GRAF liberal candidate to Couchepin's federal seat voices concerns about drastic rationing of health care for senior citizens in Switzerland Read the newsfeed Swiss health minister quits

- Couchepin: I give up! - Physicians demonstrators: Not us!

By Barrigue: Source SVM
Federal minister Pascal Couchepin pushed for intrusive regulation of medical activity. News of his resignation has led medical associations to call for a stop of doctor administrative strikes. A Pyrrhic victory for Swiss doctors &patients: Couchepin's demise has notstopped government from ordering drastic cuts in lab-test reimbursementfees (that spell the end of GP's office labs) and other disputable regulatory measures. SwissFederal Council hands parliament a catalogue of urgent changes infederal health insurance laws, exclusively aimed at cost-containment.Added taxes on doctors visits and a push to favor "telephone medicine"(at the expense of clinical examination) amongst the measures proposed. READ Federal Council's message to Parliament Stickers ready for Swiss doctor's imminent adminstrative strikes
Bern witnesses a national demonstration of GP's .
Over 2000 doctors demonstrate in Lausanne & Geneva to protest against federal cost-containmentmeasures that threaten medical practice.
Source: SVM

Video Vox Archives

From Stockholm Network Conference "
Are your Medicine's Safe?
A Doctor's View on Prescripton
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How Greek mythology helps us understand crisis in modern health care.

Multicast produced by MedLib and AAPS , voices opinions of doctors from US, Switzerland and Germany, on role of Government in healthcare.

AMA Votes against Patients and Physicians

The American Medical Association (AMA) recently voted to reaffirm support of compulsory health insurance. Medical corporate lobbies generally end up bowing to power, even if this means betraying the legitimate interests of front-line working doctors and of suffering patients. The AMA does no better in this respect, than many of its European equivalents.

"From Adam Smith to Karl Marx... and Back"

A timely reappraisal of the contribution of Rousseau, Necker, Mme de Stael, Constant and Sismondi ; to modern political thought. This paper describes how these pivotal figures can teach us how to move from social-democratic quagmires to a free society.

WikiLeaks unveils only marginal and anecdotic aspects of political hypocrisy. Yet this proves sufficient to unleash the wrath of government Goliaths peeved by Julian Assange's quixotic challenge.

Hippocrates acknowledged the contractual nature of patient-physician relationship and laid down basic rules to keep the economical interface of medical service within an ethical framework. Hippocratic precepts leave little room for third parties. Third-party-free practices as promoted by AAPS signal a revival of Hippocratic entrepreneurship.

The Courrier du Medecin Vaudois a Swiss medical journal, published a special feature on Health Savings Accounts (HSA's) including articles from Guillaume Vuillemey, Georges Lane and Alphonse Crespo. Proposals to look at Singapore's Medisave success story were relayed by journals such as Le Temps and the Swiss Radio Journal

Bludgeoning wealth is a seasoned tool of demagogic reform. Envy always finds a constituency that enables irresponsible politicalleaders – such as those that strive to confiscate Americanhealth care... and more – to tax their way to their misdeeds. Wealth, however can unfortunately only beconfiscated once. Once wasted by government and its bureaucracies it can't be confiscated again.

The Voice of Doctors - Medical Independence in America.

The eloquent voice of physicians that truly care for their patients at last heard loud and clear.

Obamaequates compulsory health insurance with "a core ethical and moralobligation". Compelling citizen A to pay provider B for care of patientC is not the same thing as “looking out for one another.” The moralpremise that claims to drive Obamacare is tainted by coercion.

whenever and wherever they are instituted.

merica'sspin doctor in chief demonstrated - in a forceful attempt to impose hisviews on health care - how deep the gulf can be, that separatespolitical rhetoric from reason. His eloquence however was notsufficient to blur hard facts. Forcing Bismarckian iron social securityblueprints into the American way of life will come with more taxes.

Once upon a time there was Pravda. Today "official truths" elbow their way in more covert fashion as the recent muzzling of a League of American Voters' ad opposing Obamacare demonstrates.

Spin doctors might save Obamacare. They will not save patients!

An armada of spin doctors has been called at the bedsideof Obamacare. Their mission is simple: to save Obama's pet project from the growing tide of grass root objections that rise from allcorners: taxpayers, physicians, seniors.

Can common sense defeat health care demagogy? US polls tend to prove so!

Polls show that Americans begin to see through the demagogic smoke that obscures thebottom line of current road maps for health reform.

Swiss citizens demonstratedthe same wisdom when 71% (!!!) of them told their politicians that theydid not need a single payer (i.e. a single decider) to manage theirhealth care. This was not a poll but a referendum vote, March 11th 2007

Healthcare taxes not only bring more pork to politicians, they also mean veterinarian care for humans... When we're old and ailing, officials will decide whetherwe get treatment or a mercy shot!

Complexand cautious democratic processes aimed at consensus, such as those of Switzerland do not always yield expected results (particularlyin health care). However, they protect citizens from the mischiefs of demagogy and limit ruinous tributes to special interest groups.

Americanshave started reading the small print of socialized health reforms pushedby president Obama and do not like what theysee.

Five major freedoms lost in Congressional reform schemes have already been identified.

axes, Taxes,Taxes and...more Taxes

Whenthey promise taxes, most politicians love to keep their word. Healthcare allows them to surtax, under-supply & get away with it.

Obama wants new health care laws voted by October . Two declared objectives: cutting health costs and “taking care of theuninsured”. The true name of the game is to increase the power ofinsurers at the expense of patients, doctors and health industries. (Read more)

Before inviting Government into health care: Don't forget you'll be a patient one day!

Americansmust look at European and Canadian government-run health care beforeallowing legislators to force them into Obamacare's demagogic healthtrap.

Aftercalling for “pencil strikes” to protest against lab test rationing,Swiss doctor associations now lamely ask physicians to get back to thepaperwork… despite the fact that federal health authorities regallyignored their demands.

Obama's Doctor's Diagnosis of ObamaCare... and the Neurosurgeons

Obama's former doctor, David Scheiner suggests his illustrious patient hasbeen misled into promoting health reforms cut off from therealities of patient suffering. Dr Scheiners' cures however,will not help neurologic patients...

Regulatedmedicine dulls the compassion of doctors. Voices in defense of patientsthreatened by social-fascist health reform must rise from other quarters...

The US invests 17% of GDP in health care because it is a caring nation. Reformers want to change this.

Twothirds of Swiss voters called for mandatory insurance to includecoverage of alternative medicines. Will their health insuranceregulators be able continue using the "evidence based" myth as a toolto ration care?

Profitbenefits all whereas deficits punish many. Dr.Richard Durana director of INESS demonstrates this in a healthy study on the value of profit inhealth care. Profit gives health professions and industries resources and incentives to pursue their battle against human suffering and disease. Government regulation and rationing do just the opposite.

Constricting growth of Healthcare stakehoders ;: A Simple formula for Mismanaged Care.

TheUS managed care industry proposes a "simple formula" for health carereform that hinges on the reduction by 1% of the annual growth of allstakeholders in the debate and is currently working on restricting itsown growth. Should others follow suit?

Encrypted war economies of major nations engaged in ruinous military quagmires are the true causes of global economic crisis.

The State is a powerful destructor but a weak mender.

Printed money will not repair the financial craters caused by war.

Keynesianwishful thinking and outdated social security recipes will deliver neitherwealth, health nor security. They will cost Americans dearly . Not only in wastedresources but also in terms of liberties.

We'll pay twice for current political profligacy: out of our empty pockets when debts of reckless goverment spending comedue and in our flesh when we taste rationed bureaucratic medicine bought in a panic. Mike Tanner and Mike Cannon from Cato Institute blow the whistle.

First WE will choose your doctor! Once this is settled... WE will choose your illness!

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