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Pray You Always Get A Common Disease

Most people pray that they remain healthy.  Since we know it is unlikely we will always remain healthy, may I suggest a more practical prayer?  Pray you only get common diseases. Before a doctor can treat you, she needs to … Read More

Posted in Doctors, health, healthy living, heart attack, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Misdiagnosis |

The Malpractice You Are Almost Powerless To Prevent

Over the years, I have suggested a number of strategies to prevent or at least reduce the risk that you will be the victim of medical malpractice.  There is one form of malpractice, however, that is very difficult to prevent.  … Read More

Posted in Doctors, electronic medical records, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Medication Errors, never events, Pharmacies, Pharmacy Malpractice |

The Medicare Advantage Trap

More and more eligible Americans are signing up for Medicare Advantage plans.  And why not?  Celebrity spokespeople promise low to no premiums and benefits not available under traditional Medicare.  It sounds almost too good to be true.  “Get the benefits … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Fee for Service, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, Hospitals, Medical Costs, Medicare |

Maybe, Just Maybe, Science Will Save Us From The Superbugs

Superbugs!  That is the name given to antibiotic resistant bacteria.  Because of our indiscriminate use of antibiotics, more and more bacteria are developing resistance to them and posing an ever greater threat that we will be forced back to the … Read More

Posted in antibiotic resistant bacteria, blood infections, Doctors, General Health, science news, Sepsis |

The Impaired Physician

Doctors are only human.  They are prey to the same frailties that plague the rest of us.  Like the rest of us, some of them become addicted to alcohol or use narcotics or other substances that can affect their judgment … Read More

Posted in Arizona Medical Board, disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, health, Hospitals, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Nurses, Secrecy |

Medical Tourism – Almost Always A Bad Idea

As you can probably guess, medical tourism is the name given to the practice of going to a foreign country for medical treatment, usually because it is cheaper there.  One of the most common treatments sought by medical tourists is … Read More

Posted in antibiotic resistant bacteria, blood infections, Doctors, Health Care Costs, Medical Costs, Medical Devices, medical errors, meningitis, Pharmacies, Plastic Surgery, science news |

Doctors Who Steal

I have been writing lately about medical ethics, which are sometimes more ignored than followed.  The following are instances of doctors being greedy and trying to steal from insurance companies or from Medicare and Medicaid.  It doesn’t matter who you … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Fee for Service, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, Medical Costs, medical ethics, Medicare, Pharmacies |

The Private Equity Investor Will See You Now, But Only For A Few Moments

On the whole, capitalism has been good for the United States.  Lately, however, the rise of private equity companies and their incessant search for centers of profitability has put the medical profession under great strain and our health at risk. … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Fee for Service, General Health, health, Health Care Costs, Hospitals, Medical Costs, medical ethics, Medicare, Nurses |

Universal Health Care, Please

The United States is the only major developed nation in the world not to have universal health care.  We are the richest nation in the world.  Other nations can afford it and so can we.  It is not only a … Read More

Posted in Doctors, drug companies, Fee for Service, General Health, health, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, healthy living, Hospitals, Medical Costs, Medicare, Type 2 Diabetes |

Those Entrusted With Patient Care Need to Put Patients First

Over the past few years there have been an increasing number of stories about doctors who sexually abuse their patients.  Almost all are serial abusers.  They don’t just abuse one patient; they abuse multiple patients over the years until they … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Hospitals, Lawsuits, medical ethics, never events, plaintiff, Secrecy |