How Much Longer Can Fee For Service Last?
I recently read a post by a representative of the American College of Cardiology which discussed the origin of the fee for service model and its pernicious effects on the delivery of health care in the United States. Fee for … Read More
Posted in Defensive Medicine, Doctors, Fee for Service, health, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, healthy living, Hospitals, Medical Costs, medical ethics, Medicare, Rationing
The Medtronic Insulin Pump Lawsuits Are Beginning.
If you read these posts with any regularity, you know my 10 year old grandson is a Type 1 diabetic. He just “celebrated” his “diaversary,” marking 7 years since his diagnosis on the Labor Day weekend in 2013. He manages … Read More
Hospitals are where the sick people are. While patients may go home after they get better, they often leave bacteria and viruses behind, where they infect the next round of patients. You may go to the hospital to get well, … Read More
Posted in antibiotic resistant bacteria, blood infections, Doctors, General Health, health, healthy living, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Infection, Medicare, Nurses, Sepsis
Urgent Care or Emergency Department?
One of the most obvious changes in the medical landscape over the last 15 years has been the proliferation of urgent care clinics. You can’t drive down almost any street in a major metropolitan area without passing at least a … Read More
Posted in Board Certification, Cardiac CT scan, Doctors, Health Care Costs, healthy living, heart attack, Hospitals, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Misdiagnosis, Nurses, Stroke
Sugar And The Brain
Recently, I was reading some articles about added sugar in our diets. Most added sugar comes from processed foods and is already in the box or the jar before we bring it home from the store. Dieticians and nutritionists recommend … Read More
Not All Carbs Are Created Equal
Pity the poor carbohydrate. Carbohydrates, also known as saccharides or carbs, are sugars or starches. They are a major food source and a key form of energy for most organisms. We need them to survive. Unfortunately, like people, there are good … Read More
Being Nice Can Be Good For Your Health.
Turns out that being nice and polite is not just the right thing to do as your mother told you, it can also affect the health care you receive. OR Which are you? Like all the rest of us, doctors … Read More
Nursing Homes Can Kill You – Even If You Never Set Foot In One
As the population of the United States ages, more and more of us will find ourselves or our loved ones in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities. There is more and more data to suggest that these facilities are … Read More
Posted in antibiotic resistant bacteria, blood infections, General Health, health, healthy living, Hospitals, Infection, medical research, Nurses, science news, Sepsis
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
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