Defensive Medicine Hurts Patients in Many Ways
Defensive medicine is the name given to actions taken by doctors, not for the primary benefit of their patients, but to reduce the chance they will be sued for medical malpractice. It is unethical and almost always detrimental to the … Read More
Posted in Defensive Medicine, Doctors, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, Hospitals, Lawsuits, Malpractice caps, Medical Costs, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, tort reform, trial
Doctors win 85% to 90% of all medical malpractice trials in Arizona. The same figures apply pretty much across the United States. Doctors win cases even when there is strong evidence of negligence on their part. The most likely reason … 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
Some Really Good News About Prostate Cancer
One in nine men will develop prostate cancer during their lifetimes. Most will die of something else. Fewer than 20% will develop the aggressive form of the cancer which is most likely to spread and to kill the patient. Until … Read More
Posted in Cancer, Doctors, General Health, genetic testing, health, Health Care Costs, Infection, medical research, Prostate Cancer, prostate cancer testing, science news
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
2018 Malpractice Payments
The National Practitioner Data Bank (“NPDB”) was established by Congress in 1986 to be a repository of information about malpractice payments and matters affecting the privileges and licensing of physicians and other health care professionals. All malpractice payments made on … Read More
Posted in Doctors, Health Care Costs, Hospitals, Lawsuits, Malpractice caps, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, Medical Malpractice Case Value, medical malpractice cases, medical malpractice claims, medical malpractice damages caps, medical malpractice lawsuits, medical malpractice lawyers, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, plaintiff, tort reform, Valuing Damages in Medical Malpractice Cases, Verdicts
Generic Drug Betrayal
The promise of generic drugs is enticing: quality replacements for name-brand drugs at a fraction of the price. Regardless of whether that promise was ever anything more than an illusion, it is a proven lie today. I read two recent … Read More
When Will Congress Protect The American People?
If you needed any further proof of the corrosive effect of unlimited corporate money in politics, look no further than the scandalous profits being made by the big drug companies. Drug companies are rolling in profits. They make these profits … Read More
How the U.S. Health System Puts Diabetics in Danger
“How the U.S. health-care system puts people with diabetes in danger” is the title of an article which appeared today in the Washington Post. The author is an ICU physician who sees and treats diabetics when they become critically ill … Read More