The physician/patient relationship is one of the most important in our lives. We place our lives and our trust in the hands of the physicians who provide medical treatment to us and our families. We want to believe that they … 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
Posted in Doctors, drug companies, Fee for Service, Fraud, health, Health Care Costs, Hip Replacement, Hospitals, joint replacement, Medical Devices, medical ethics, Orthopedics, PODS, Secrecy
The Coming (?) Telehealth Revolution.
The telehealth revolution is either coming or it is already here. It depends on whom you ask. Regardless of whom you ask, they will be quick to tell you that more is on the way. As with any fast-growing field, … Read More
Posted in Arizona Medical Board, Board Certification, Doctors, Fee for Service, Fraud, General Health, Health Care Costs, Hospitals, Medical Costs, medical ethics, Medicare, science news, Vaccines
More Hospital Hide The Ball.
After years of fighting the proposal, hospitals in the United States were finally required to disclose their prices for the various services they provide. The battle was long, hard and expensive. Unsurprisingly, many hospitals and hospital chains are still in … Read More
Defensive Medicine is a Fraud.
Defensive medicine is the name doctors give to the tests or treatment they admit are unnecessary but they order anyway out of what they claim is fear of being sued for malpractice. It is an unethical fraud and the doctors … Read More
Posted in Cancer, Defensive Medicine, Doctors, Fee for Service, Fraud, health, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, Hospitals, Infection, Lawsuits, Malpractice caps, Medical Costs, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, Misdiagnosis, tort reform
Hospital Pricing is Crazy and Unfair
If you want an example of why we in the United States pay more per capita for health care than anyone else but don’t get much for our money, look no further than the data being reluctantly released by hospitals … Read More
Many Hospitals Prey On Their Patients
Last week’s New York Times ran an article about how rich hospitals profit from their patient’s car accidents. The article showed how hospitals take advantage of old lien laws enacted to ensure patients received treatment in the days before widespread … Read More
Posted in Fee for Service, Fraud, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, Hospitals, Insurance Law, Lawsuits, Medical Costs, medical ethics, Medicare, plaintiff
How Much Longer Can Fee For Service Last?
I recently read a post by a representative of the American College of Cardiology which discussed the origin of the fee for service model and its pernicious effects on the delivery of health care in the United States. Fee for … Read More
Posted in Defensive Medicine, Doctors, Fee for Service, health, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, healthy living, Hospitals, Medical Costs, medical ethics, Medicare, Rationing
Hospital Greed in the Era of Covid.
It is late May 2020 in the Imperial Valley of California. The sun is high and hot. Temperatures exceed 110 degrees. The Novel Coronavirus is also running hot. The only two hospitals in the entire Imperial Valley are swamped with … Read More