Health Care Professionals Are Not Immune to Greed
Willie Sutton, the Depression era bankrobber, when asked why he robbed banks, famously responded, “That’s where the money is.” Today, the money is in illegal drugs and the Medicare program. Foreign drug cartels make huge profits smuggling illegal drugs into … Read More
Our Health Care Spending Subsidizes the Rest of the World
If you follow this blog or read much about health care spending, you know that we in the United States spend twice as much per person on health care as any other nation on earth. We pay way more for … Read More
Our Broken Health Care Delivery System.
Next time you are visiting someone at the hospital and have a few minutes to spare, take a drive through the doctor’s parking lot. If you live in a major metropolitan area, you will see luxury car after luxury car. … Read More
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Developments in Type 1 Diabetes.
Nine years in and counting. It has been nine years since my then 3 year old grandson was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. At the time of his diagnosis, I assured his anxious parents that relief was on the horizon. … Read More
Read, Read, Read.
If you have a mobile device or have been on line for almost any reason, you have surely been confronted with a lengthy statement outlining the terms of your use of the whatever-it-is. In order to use the whatever-it-is, you … Read More
Capitalism Can Be Bad For Your Health
Capitalism has done wonders for the world in terms of raising the standard of living for so many people. Of course, like everything else in this world, capitalism is not an unbridled blessing. It has its dark side. When it … Read More
Doctor Conflicts of Interest Are Getting Worse.
“Under no circumstances may physicians place their own financial interests above the welfare of their patients.” American Medical Association Code of Medical Ethics Opinion 11.2.2. Doctors rightly occupy a privileged position in our society. We entrust them with our bodies, … Read More
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Hospital Billing Practices Can Send You To The Poorhouse.
The way in which hospitals bill their patients is a sin. It ought to be against the law, but it is not. Hospitals can charge whatever they want for a medical procedure and often do. Some studies have found that … Read More
We Are At The Bottom. Again. Still.
USA! USA! We’re Number – Eleven? The Commonwealth Fund was founded in 1918 to create better, more accessible health care systems. Since 2004, it has been conducting studies of the health care systems of the richest eleven countries in the … Read More
Physician Conflicts of Interest
Physicians occupy a special place in our society. They are respected and honored. They are often well-compensated for their efforts. We trust our doctors. Very few patients ever think that the doctor who is recommending surgery or a particular treatment … Read More
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