Finding the Right Hospital
Hospitals vary greatly in terms of the quality of their care. In some hospitals infection rates are low and few patients need to be readmitted after discharge. Exactly the opposite is true for some other hospitals. You do not want … Read More
Why Your Health Care Costs Keep Going Up and Up.
As I have observed before, we in the United States pay the most for health care yet we rank well down the list of developed nations in terms of health care outcomes. Why aren’t we getting value for the money … Read More
Posted in Doctors, drug companies, Fee for Service, health, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, Hospitals, Malpractice costs, Medical Costs, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice cases
Good News for Type 1 Diabetics!
Last week I wrote about one of the problems facing Type 1 diabetics: the ever increasing cost of the insulin they need to stay alive. Today, I am writing about some good news that may reduce the need for insulin. … Read More
Insulin Makers Should Be Ashamed of Themselves
If you have been following our blog, you know that my 8 year old grandson is a Type 1 diabetic and has been for 5 years now. Unlike Type 2 diabetes, no amount of weight loss or diet or lifestyle … Read More
Pay More, Get Less
The United States spends more per person on health care than any other developed country. At the same time, our life expectancy is less than that in other developed countries. What is going on? Let’s start with the cost of … Read More
The Walmarting of American Medicine
Where do you go when you need to see a doctor? For many Americans, the answer is no longer “to my family doctor.” Patient visits to family practice doctors have been declining for years. Many of these patients now take … Read More
Posted in Doctors, health, healthy living, Hospitals, medical charts, Medical Costs, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Misdiagnosis, Pharmacies
Superbugs Are Still Hiding in Hospitals
Superbugs is a name given to drug-resistant bacteria. While no illness is a good one, an infection with superbugs is really bad because regular antibiotics are ineffective. Drug resistance develops through the process of natural selection. Normal bugs are exposed … Read More
Medical Devices Continue To Harm Patients
Medical devices cause a lot of harm to patients. I have written about the problems with power morcellators that spread cancer and with endoscopes, which were designed in such a way that they could not be properly cleaned and as a result … Read More
What is Holding Up Virtual Medicine?
Last month I wrote about what many health care professionals believe to be the biggest problem in medicine: lack of patient compliance. This has been offered as the reason the many new technical advances in medicine are failing to produce … Read More
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The Watchdog Is Not Watching.
The Wall Street Journal has done it again. For years the Journal has a been publishing a series of stories about abuses of the medical profession and their effects on healthcare delivery. The most recent story appeared a few months … Read More