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
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
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
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
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
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
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