Valleywide Legal Blog

The Hospital Says, “This is not a bill,” But You May Still Have to Pay It.

If you are injured in an automobile accident, you may find yourself at the Emergency Department. Maybe your injuries are minor enough that you can be discharged to home. Maybe they are more serious and you need to be admitted … Read More

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Another Perspective on Healthcare Consolidation

Here is a piece that a friend of mine sent me.  It appeared in a healthcare blog.  It recounts a probably fictional event in which a doctor saw a briefing paper intended for a hospital executive but accidentally left behind … Read More

Posted in Doctors, electronic medical records, Fee for Service, Health Care Costs, Hospitals, medical charts, Medical Costs, medical ethics, Secrecy |

Beware The Cosmetic Surgeon

We all want to look like we are young and healthy, even those of us in our later years.  Beauty is big business and, wherever there is big business, you can be sure charlatans will follow.  This is true in … Read More

Posted in Arizona Medical Board, Board Certification, Doctors, Fee for Service, Fraud, Health Insurers, Hospitals, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Plastic Surgery |

An Unethical Outrage.

How would you like to be kept alive in a permanent vegetative state for a year just so your hospital can continue to make money?  That is what happened to at least one patient at a hospital in New Jersey … Read More

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Why Your Local Non-Profit Hospital Makes So Much Money.

We are all familiar with non-profit hospitals.  They are pillars of the community.  They may provide free or nearly free care to the needy or they may do free medical research for the public good.  The one thing they don’t … Read More

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Patients Aren’t The Only Ones Being Injured By Our Health Care System

I have written from time to time about the priority our health care system gives to making money.  The most important goal for our health care system should be addressing the health issues of the patient.  Instead, making money is … Read More

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Not All Doctors Are Created Equal.

I was going to give this post a title about getting what you pay for in medicine as in many other walks of life.  Then I thought better of it.  The pricing of medical care is so crazy and opaque, … Read More

Posted in Arizona Medical Board, Board Certification, Doctors, Fee for Service, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence |

Your Health Care Costs Too Much

If you live in the United States, chances are you pay more for your health care and medications than anyone else in the world.  This would be bad enough if we were getting the best health care in the world … Read More

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

Hospital Secrecy

Hospitals are big business.  While many may be non-profit corporations, they make lots and lots of money and they definitely do not want you to know how they do it or how to protect yourself from being overcharged. Hospitals chains, … Read More

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Consolidation Threatens Doctor Independence.

If you are not concerned about consolidation in the delivery of medical services, you should be.  We like to think of the medical profession as individual providers who care about us and also care for us.  We like to think … Read More

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