Our Health Care Spending Subsidizes the Rest of the World
If you follow this blog or read much about health care spending, you know that we in the United States spend twice as much per person on health care as any other nation on earth. We pay way more for … Read More
Developments in Type 1 Diabetes.
Nine years in and counting. It has been nine years since my then 3 year old grandson was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. At the time of his diagnosis, I assured his anxious parents that relief was on the horizon. … Read More
Medication Errors Are Easy To Make.
A few months ago I wrote about the Tennessee nurse who was criminally prosecuted for administering the wrong medication to a patient. The medication resulted in the patient’s death and the nurse was convicted of negligent homicide. One of the … Read More
The Retained Foreign Object.
Something is going on and I am not sure what it is or why. The incidence of objects being left behind in the body of the patient is increasing. What is being left behind, you ask? Mostly it is the … Read More
Posted in blood infections, disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Hospitals, Medical Devices, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice lawyers, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, never events, Nurses, retained sponge, retained surgical instruments, Sepsis, Surgical Errors
Bacterial Infection: A Relentless Killer.
They are all around us. The bacteria that cause infections are all around us. They live on our skin, in our guts, on the food we eat, on the surfaces we touch, and in our mouths. They float on the … Read More
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
It Is The Wild West Out There.
In the movies, the wild west is always portrayed as a lawless place in which the sheriff was either outgunned or corrupt and citizens were at the mercy of the bad guys. You had to protect yourself because there was … Read More
Posted in Arizona Medical Board, disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Fraud, Health Care Costs, Hospitals, Medical Devices, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, PODS, Secrecy, Surgical Errors
Beware! Beware! Beware!
Healthcare is a multi-billion dollar industry. Where there is money, there are fraudsters and scammers. The healthcare industry has more than its share. Some of these scammers target Medicare and health insurers but many target individuals. Don’t be one of … Read More
Physician Conflicts of Interest
Physicians occupy a special place in our society. They are respected and honored. They are often well-compensated for their efforts. We trust our doctors. Very few patients ever think that the doctor who is recommending surgery or a particular treatment … Read More
Posted in Doctors, drug companies, Fee for Service, Fraud, health, Health Care Costs, Hip Replacement, Hospitals, joint replacement, Medical Devices, medical ethics, Orthopedics, PODS, Secrecy
The Never Event.
In 2001, the concept of “never events” was introduced. The idea was that a never event was one which was identifiable, caused serious injury or death and was almost always preventable. The original list has grown and there are now … Read More
Posted in Birth Injuries, blood infections, disclosure of medical mistakes, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Medical Devices, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medicare, Medication Errors, never events, Nurses, Pharmacy Malpractice, Prescription Errors, retained surgical instruments, Secrecy, Surgical Errors