Valleywide Legal Blog

Hospital Greed in the Era of Covid.

It is late May 2020 in the Imperial Valley of California.  The sun is high and hot.  Temperatures exceed 110 degrees.  The Novel Coronavirus is also running hot.  The only two hospitals in the entire Imperial Valley are swamped with … Read More

Posted in Fee for Service, health, Health Care Costs, Hospitals, Medical Costs, medical ethics, Medicare, Rationing |

The Pre-Existing Condition

For quite a few years now, we have been bombarded with references to “pre-existing conditions.”  All politicians seem to promise that they will protect the voters from losing coverage for pre-existing conditions.  A review of the record and of the … Read More

Posted in Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, Insurance Law, Medical Costs |

Drug Prices

We are in election season and there is much talk about the high price of prescription drugs and promises by politicians to do something about it.  Don’t hold your breath.  Drug prices are like the weather:  Everyone complains about it … Read More

Posted in Doctors, drug companies, Fraud, Health Care Costs, Medical Costs, medical ethics, Medicare |

Hospital Ratings Can Be Misleading.

When it comes to hospital ratings, don’t believe everything you read. While I am a big proponent of doing some research about hospitals before being admitted to see if this is a place I want to go, not all hospital … Read More

Posted in General Health, health, Health Care Costs, Hospitals, Medical Costs, medical errors, Medicare, Nurses |

The Hospital Says, “This is not a bill,” But You May Still Have to Pay It.

If you are injured in an automobile accident, you may find yourself at the Emergency Department. Maybe your injuries are minor enough that you can be discharged to home. Maybe they are more serious and you need to be admitted … Read More

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Our Drug Development Model and Drug Supply Chain Are Broken.

One of the lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic is that our drug development model and drug supply chain are broken.  Our western capitalist system has served us well for many years.  It provided products at a low price, which allowed … Read More

Posted in drug companies, Fraud, health, Health Care Costs, Lawsuits, Medical Costs, Medical Devices, Medicare, Pharmacies, Secrecy, Vaccines |

Another Perspective on Healthcare Consolidation

Here is a piece that a friend of mine sent me.  It appeared in a healthcare blog.  It recounts a probably fictional event in which a doctor saw a briefing paper intended for a hospital executive but accidentally left behind … Read More

Posted in Doctors, electronic medical records, Fee for Service, Health Care Costs, Hospitals, medical charts, Medical Costs, medical ethics, Secrecy |

An Unethical Outrage.

How would you like to be kept alive in a permanent vegetative state for a year just so your hospital can continue to make money?  That is what happened to at least one patient at a hospital in New Jersey … Read More

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Medical Malpractice Claims Are Unfairly Blamed for Rising Medical Costs.

Last month, I blogged on the alarmingly high rate of preventable medical injuries occurring in hospitals.  The blog post was based on a well-designed study of randomly-selected Medicare patients discharged from hospitals over a one month period of time.  The … Read More

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Why Your Local Non-Profit Hospital Makes So Much Money.

We are all familiar with non-profit hospitals.  They are pillars of the community.  They may provide free or nearly free care to the needy or they may do free medical research for the public good.  The one thing they don’t … Read More

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