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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
Blood Clots Are On The Rise.
In so many ways our bodies are wondrous machines that work nearly flawlessly for decades before they finally wear out or something goes wrong. Over millions of years, the process of evolution tried out various strategies and discarded the ones … Read More
Are We Headed Back to the Bad Old Days?
My granddaughter and I were looking at songs in a folk singing book the other day and one of them was “Sweet Molly Malone.” If you know the song, you know Molly was a fishmonger in old Dublin, who died … Read More
Want To Live A Long And Healthy Life? Be Born Rich.
I don’t suppose it has ever been different over the course of human history, but our society is unequal. More and more research studies are “finding” that inequality makes a big difference in how healthy you are and how long … Read More
Advances in Diagnosis and Treatment of Melanoma
A diagnosis of melanoma was often a death sentence. It was and remains today one of the most dangerous of the skin cancers. However, as science has marched on, there have been a number of developments in prevention, diagnosis and … Read More
The Good Bacteria
Last week I wrote about some of the dangers of overuse and misuse of antibiotics: they create resistance among the disease causing bacteria and make antibiotics less effective in saving lives. There is an equally important second reason, however. The … Read More
The Danger of Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria
We are surrounded by life forms that are constantly mutating and changing. This is particularly true of bacteria. Because they have such short life spans, they can evolve quickly to meet threats. That is exactly what they have done to … Read More
The Brave New World of Genomic Testing.
An organism’s genome controls its destiny. This is as true for the human genome as it is for the genome of the Covid-2 coronavirus. It was less than 20 years ago that scientists first sequenced the human genome. The project … Read More
“The Hip Bone Is Connected To The Thigh Bone.”
Our bodies are beautiful machines that evolved over millions of years to keep us alive and healthy. My practice requires me to do a lot of studying about the human body. I am continually amazed as I come into contact … Read More
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