Valleywide Legal Blog

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

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

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

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

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

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

You Are Being Operated On, Do You Know Where Your Surgeon Is?

A recent story about a Syracuse, New York orthopedic surgeon casts light on a practice that will likely come as a shock to most patients.  The surgeon is accused of botching a hip replacement in which his patient allegedly suffered … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Fee for Service, Fraud, Hip Replacement, Informed Consent, joint replacement, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice cases, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Orthopedics, Surgical Errors, Verdicts |

Just Because A Doctor Says It . . .

There is a saying no patient should ever forget, “Just because a doctor says it, doesn’t make it true.”  As I have often remarked before, medicine is a business, and a big one at that, and we are its customers.  … Read More

Posted in Arizona Medical Board, Blood Clots, Doctors, Fee for Service, health, Health Care Costs, healthy living, Medical Costs, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, Medicare |

Never Underestimate The Corrosive Effect Of Money

When I look back on past blog posts, I am surprised at the number of times money is involved in whatever bad thing I am writing about.  Doctors, people to whom we entrust our lives and those of our family, … Read More

Posted in Defensive Medicine, Doctors, drug companies, Fee for Service, Fraud, Health Care Costs, Medical Costs, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, Medicare, Secrecy, tort reform |

You Are “Leakage.”

Health care costs go up and up.  Hospital chains get larger and larger by purchasing the practices of local doctors.  These two trends are related. One of the main reasons hospitals purchase the practices of local doctors is to create … Read More

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

Hospital Consolidation Is Driving Up Health Care Costs.

Last week I wrote about hospitals not knowing exactly what their costs were for various procedures.  Without that information, they cannot make informed decisions about pricing.  Without informed decisions about pricing, there can be no price competition.  There also can … Read More

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