Valleywide Legal Blog

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

Posted in Doctors, drug companies, General Health, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, Hospitals, Medical Costs |

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

Posted in Doctors, drug companies, Fee for Service, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, Hip Replacement, Hospitals, joint replacement, Medical Costs, Medical Devices, medical ethics, Medicare, Plastic Surgery, PODS, Prostate Cancer, Secrecy |

Fee For Service Isn’t Working.

Every year it is the same old story.  Americans pay more per person for health care than any other developed country in the world and yet our health care outcomes don’t measure up to the other countries.  We spend twice … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Fee for Service, Health Care Costs, healthy living, Hospitals, Medical Costs, medical ethics, Medicare, Nurses, Obesity, obesity epidemic |

It Is The Wild West Out There.

In the movies, the wild west is always portrayed as a lawless place in which the sheriff was either outgunned or corrupt and citizens were at the mercy of the bad guys.  You had to protect yourself because there was … Read More

Posted in Arizona Medical Board, disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Fraud, Health Care Costs, Hospitals, Medical Devices, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, PODS, Secrecy, Surgical Errors |

Beware! Beware! Beware! Part II

Last week I wrote about scams being perpetrated on patients.  This week the scammers took on Medicare and the health insurance industry.  Over a period of five years, a woman and her doctor husband operated a surgery “institute,” which defrauded … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Fee for Service, Fraud, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, medical ethics, Plastic Surgery |

Beware! Beware! Beware!

Healthcare is a multi-billion dollar industry.  Where there is money, there are fraudsters and scammers.  The healthcare industry has more than its share.  Some of these scammers target Medicare and health insurers but many target individuals.  Don’t be one of … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Fee for Service, Fraud, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, Medical Devices, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, Medicare, Plastic Surgery |

“Get That Money.”

That was the message to employees of a dermatology practice in the Midwest that had been purchased by a hedge fund.  The bosses at the hedge fund were encouraging the employees of the dermatology practice to get more patients scheduled … Read More

Posted in Cancer, Doctors, Fee for Service, Health Care Costs, Medical Costs, medical ethics, Melanoma, science news |

The Type 2 Diabetes Epidemic.

America, we are letting ourselves go and it is costing us.  It is costing us in terms of rising health care costs, loss of quality of life and shortening of life expectancy itself.  We are getting fat and flabby.  We … Read More

Posted in General Health, health, Health Care Costs, Medical Costs, Type 1 Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes |

Hey, Medicare Beneficiaries, There Is No Free Lunch!

Recently, I was stuck in front of a television that was showing a nature program.  Every few minutes, it was advertisement time.  Because this was early November and Medicare beneficiaries can change their Medicare plans at this time of year, … Read More

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

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

Posted in drug companies, General Health, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, Hospitals, Insurance Law, Medical Costs, Secrecy |