Valleywide Legal Blog

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 |

Physician Conflicts of Interest

One of the very first of the ethical rules promulgated by the American Medical Association requires doctors to place the welfare of the patient ahead of the doctor’s own self-interest or obligations to others.  As life grows ever more complicated, … Read More

Posted in Doctors, drug companies, Health Care Costs, Hospitals, Informed Consent, Medical Devices, medical ethics, medical research, PODS, Secrecy |

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 |

Doctor Ethics

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

Posted in Doctors, Fraud, Health Care Costs, Lawsuits, medical ethics, medical malpractice cases, trial, Verdicts |

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 |

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 |

Another Large Malpractice Verdict

Recently a Baltimore jury awarded just over $229 million in a case involving a birth injury.  If that is all you know, you can fill in a lot of the other blanks automatically.  You will know that, as in the … Read More

Posted in Birth Injuries, Cesarean Section, Doctors, Health Care Costs, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Informed Consent, Lawsuits, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, trial, Verdicts |

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 |