1-1banner
 
medpundit
 

 
Commentary on medical news by a practicing physician.
 

 
Google
  • Epocrates MedSearch Drug Lookup




  • MASTER BLOGS





    "When many cures are offered for a disease, it means the disease is not curable" -Anton Chekhov




    ''Once you tell people there's a cure for something, the more likely they are to pressure doctors to prescribe it.''
    -Robert Ehrlich, drug advertising executive.




    "Opinions are like sphincters, everyone has one." - Chris Rangel



    email: medpundit-at-ameritech.net

    or if that doesn't work try:

    medpundit-at-en.com



    Medpundit RSS


    Quirky Museums and Fun Stuff


    Who is medpundit?


    Tech Central Station Columns



    Book Reviews:
    Read the Review

    Read the Review

    Read the Review

    More Reviews

    Second Hand Book Reviews

    Review


    Medical Blogs

    rangelMD

    DB's Medical Rants

    Family Medicine Notes

    Grunt Doc

    richard[WINTERS]

    code:theWebSocket

    Psychscape

    Code Blog: Tales of a Nurse

    Feet First

    Tales of Hoffman

    The Eyes Have It

    medmusings

    SOAP Notes

    Obels

    Cut-to -Cure

    Black Triangle

    CodeBlueBlog

    Medlogs

    Kevin, M.D

    The Lingual Nerve

    Galen's Log

    EchoJournal

    Shrinkette

    Doctor Mental

    Blogborygmi

    JournalClub

    Finestkind Clinic and Fish Market

    The Examining Room of Dr. Charles

    Chronicles of a Medical Mad House

    .PARALLEL UNIVERSES.

    SoundPractice

    Medgadget
    Health Facts and Fears

    Health Policy Blogs

    The Health Care Blog

    HealthLawProf Blog

    Facts & Fears

    Personal Favorites

    The Glittering Eye

    Day by Day

    BioEdge

    The Business Word Inc.

    Point of Law

    In the Pipeline

    Cronaca

    Tim Blair

    Jane Galt

    The Truth Laid Bear

    Jim Miller

    No Watermelons Allowed

    Winds of Change

    Science Blog

    A Chequer-Board of Night and Days

    Arts & Letters Daily

    Tech Central Station

    Blogcritics

    Overlawyered.com

    Quackwatch

    Junkscience

    The Skeptic's Dictionary



    Recommended Reading

    The Doctor Stories by William Carlos Williams


    Pox Americana: The Great Smallpox Epidemic of 1775-82 by Elizabeth Fenn


    Intoxicated by My Illness by Anatole Broyard


    Raising the Dead by Richard Selzer


    Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy


    The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks


    The Sea and Poison by Shusaku Endo


    A Midwife's Tale by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich




    MEDICAL LINKS

    familydoctor.org

    American Academy of Pediatrics

    General Health Info

    Travel Advice from the CDC

    NIH Medical Library Info

     



    button

    Tuesday, May 17, 2005

    Another Good Thing Come to an End: MedGadget notes that the American Medical Association plans to start charging for online access to their newspaper. This is, indeed, a loss for the public. Nowhere else can you learn of such things as New Jersey's cultural competency law (For physicians only. Politicians, lawyers, and judges don't have to be culturally competent.), or that Congress is considering legislation that would effectively put an end to specialty hospitals?

    The AMA's website doesn't mention it, but according to MedGadget the price to read for non-AMA members is quite steep:

    o find out why the decision was made, our very own Dr.O, member of the AMA, contacted Linda Smith, a senior service representative in the Department of Member Relations of the AMA. During the prolonged discussion, Mrs. Smith informed Dr.O that AMA News will now be available for $30 for a 24 hour period.

    It's often a good read, but not that good. While the AMA is doing everything it can to boost its income, this move can only be detrimental to the organization's attempts to get to publicize its causes. Too bad. They must not know about blogs.

    You can tell them how you feel here.

    UPDATE: The American Medical News responds, in a comment that originally appeared at MedGadget:

    I would like to take this opportunity to set the record straight on the upcoming shift to exclusive AMA member access to the American Medical News online edition (known to many of you as www.amednews.com ).

    American Medical News is principally designed to be a newspaper offering useful news and information for and about physicians. In meeting that commitment to our readers, we report on a wide variety of topics, certainly among them the policies and activities of the AMA. We at AMNews hope that we have a valuable offering that would be of interest to virtually every practicing physician in America.

    That said, the cost of presenting AMNews online is borne almost entirely by AMA members and is offset only somewhat by ad revenue. The decision was made, therefore, that members should benefit from their support by retaining access to the site. In the same spirit of rewarding those who underwrite the publication, paid print subscribers will also be allowed online ! access.

    The target date for this change is June 1. The same access policies will very shortly apply to Avantgo readers of AMNews. Details are available at the AMNews Web site ( www.amednews.com/info ).

    This is at odds with the information that appears on this site - www.MedGadget.com - and is attributed to an AMA service representative. I am looking into that matter now, although what I believe must have happened is that online access information for JAMA was given instead of information for AMNews. As for AMNews, there are no immediate plans for a $30 per day pass, nor will content be put up free after six months. I am sorry that there was apparently some confusion in this matter and will see that steps are taken so that accurate information will be provided to the service center to pass along to callers.

    I should note that the AMA makes its advocacy and public health messages well known in a variety of ways, including a useful Web site. Those activities certainly will not cease.

    One last thing: Those of us who produce AMNews in print and online enormously appreciate the support that AMA member physicians have shown over the years - it has been critical in maintaining the quality and usefulness of this publication. Now is the time to honor that debt in a tangible way.


    I can appreciate the corporate pressures, but I still think the AMA is missing an opporutnity to get their message out. The American Medical News provides more depth of coverage than the press releases at the AMA's website. But, that's their business decision to make - wise or unwise.
     

    posted by sydney on 5/17/2005 02:41:00 PM 0 comments

    0 Comments:

    Post a Comment

    This page is powered by Blogger, the easy way to update your web site.

    Main Page

    Ads

    Home   |   Archives

    Copyright 2006