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Philip R. Alper

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Philip R. Alper, M.D., is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and the Robert Wesson Fellow in Scientific Philosophy and Public Policy at the Hoover Institution.

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Primary Care’s Dim Prognosis

by Philip R. Alpervia Policy Review
Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The hard choices that health-care reform overlooks

Power of the Placebo

Take Two Sugar Pills and Call Me in the Morning

by Philip R. Alpervia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 18, 2008

Placebos work, but are they ethical? By Philip R. Alper.

Analysis and Commentary

When Illness Isn't Metaphor

by Philip R. Alpervia Wall Street Journal
Thursday, April 19, 2007

In his account of the state of health care in America, Jonathan Cohn begins with the story of a woman with a heart attack whose ambulance must bypass the hospital best able to treat her and take her instead to one with less up-to-date staff and equipment...

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Why Medical Ethics Matter

by Philip R. Alpervia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 30, 2004

Is the health care system turning good doctors bad? By Hoover fellow Philip R. Alper.

The Decline of the Family Doctor

by Philip R. Alpervia Policy Review
Thursday, April 1, 2004

American medicine and the impact of managed care

Medical Myths about Money

by Philip R. Alpervia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 30, 2003

In this era of managed care, doctors are under constant pressure to cut corners to appease insurance providers. The result? Patients often suffer. By Hoover fellow Philip R. Alper.

The Doctor-Patient Breakdown

by Philip R. Alpervia Policy Review
Monday, April 1, 2002

Trouble at the core of the medical economy

Medicare Is Bad for Your Health

by Philip R. Alpervia Hoover Digest
Thursday, April 30, 1998

Hoover fellow Philip R. Alper explains how Medicare's convoluted regulations put the nation's health care system at risk.