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Capitalism Can Be Bad For Your Health

Capitalism has done wonders for the world in terms of raising the standard of living for so many people.  Of course, like everything else in this world, capitalism is not an unbridled blessing.  It has its dark side.  When it … Read More

Posted in Doctors, drug companies, General Health, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, Hospitals, Medical Costs |

Doctor Conflicts of Interest Are Getting Worse.

“Under no circumstances may physicians place their own financial interests above the welfare of their patients.”  American Medical Association Code of Medical Ethics Opinion 11.2.2. Doctors rightly occupy a privileged position in our society.  We entrust them with our bodies, … Read More

Posted in Doctors, drug companies, Fee for Service, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, Hip Replacement, Hospitals, joint replacement, Medical Costs, Medical Devices, medical ethics, Medicare, Plastic Surgery, PODS, Prostate Cancer, Secrecy |

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 |

“Get That Money.”

That was the message to employees of a dermatology practice in the Midwest that had been purchased by a hedge fund.  The bosses at the hedge fund were encouraging the employees of the dermatology practice to get more patients scheduled … Read More

Posted in Cancer, Doctors, Fee for Service, Health Care Costs, Medical Costs, medical ethics, Melanoma, science news |

The Type 2 Diabetes Epidemic.

America, we are letting ourselves go and it is costing us.  It is costing us in terms of rising health care costs, loss of quality of life and shortening of life expectancy itself.  We are getting fat and flabby.  We … Read More

Posted in General Health, health, Health Care Costs, Medical Costs, Type 1 Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes |

Hospital Billing Practices Can Send You To The Poorhouse.

The way in which hospitals bill their patients is a sin.  It ought to be against the law, but it is not.  Hospitals can charge whatever they want for a medical procedure and often do.  Some studies have found that … Read More

Posted in drug companies, General Health, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, Hospitals, Insurance Law, Medical Costs, Secrecy |

We Are At The Bottom. Again. Still.

USA!  USA!  We’re Number –  Eleven? The Commonwealth Fund was founded in 1918 to create better, more accessible health care systems.  Since 2004, it has been conducting studies of the health care systems of the richest eleven countries in the … Read More

Posted in drug companies, General Health, health, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, Hospitals, Medical Costs, Medicare |

Health Care Rationing Is Here and Always Has Been

Very few words stir more passion when discussing health care than “rationing.”  It sounds terrible.  It conjures up images of loved ones being denied life-saving treatment.  It gives rise to attention-seeking politicians claiming there are “death panels” coming for you … Read More

Posted in Health Care Costs, Medical Costs, medical ethics, Rationing, Secrecy |

The Coming (?) Telehealth Revolution.

The telehealth revolution is either coming or it is already here.  It depends on whom you ask.  Regardless of whom you ask, they will be quick to tell you that more is on the way.  As with any fast-growing field, … Read More

Posted in Arizona Medical Board, Board Certification, Doctors, Fee for Service, Fraud, General Health, Health Care Costs, Hospitals, Medical Costs, medical ethics, Medicare, science news, Vaccines |

Small Town Hospitals And The Profit Motive.

If you live in a small town, you probably have a problem obtaining quality health care.  Big cities get the big hospitals and lots of doctors practicing every medical specialty you can think of.  Small towns get what is left.  … Read More

Posted in Doctors, General Health, Health Care Costs, heart attack, Hospitals, Medical Costs, medical ethics, Stroke |