Valleywide Legal Blog

Hospital Secrecy

Hospitals are big business.  While many may be non-profit corporations, they make lots and lots of money and they definitely do not want you to know how they do it or how to protect yourself from being overcharged. Hospitals chains, … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Fee for Service, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, Hospitals, Medical Costs, medical ethics, Medicare, Secrecy |

Physician Conflicts of Interest

One of the very first of the ethical rules promulgated by the American Medical Association requires doctors to place the welfare of the patient ahead of the doctor’s own self-interest or obligations to others.  As life grows ever more complicated, … Read More

Posted in Doctors, drug companies, Health Care Costs, Hospitals, Informed Consent, Medical Devices, medical ethics, medical research, PODS, Secrecy |

Defensive Medicine Hurts Patients in Many Ways

Defensive medicine is the name given to actions taken by doctors, not for the primary benefit of their patients, but to reduce the chance they will be sued for medical malpractice.  It is unethical and almost always detrimental to the … Read More

Posted in Defensive Medicine, Doctors, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, Hospitals, Lawsuits, Malpractice caps, Medical Costs, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, tort reform, trial |

Doctor Ethics

Doctors win 85% to 90% of all medical malpractice trials in Arizona.  The same figures apply pretty much across the United States.  Doctors win cases even when there is strong evidence of negligence on their part.  The most likely reason … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Fraud, Health Care Costs, Lawsuits, medical ethics, medical malpractice cases, trial, Verdicts |

Consolidation Threatens Doctor Independence.

If you are not concerned about consolidation in the delivery of medical services, you should be.  We like to think of the medical profession as individual providers who care about us and also care for us.  We like to think … Read More

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

You Are Being Operated On, Do You Know Where Your Surgeon Is?

A recent story about a Syracuse, New York orthopedic surgeon casts light on a practice that will likely come as a shock to most patients.  The surgeon is accused of botching a hip replacement in which his patient allegedly suffered … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Fee for Service, Fraud, Hip Replacement, Informed Consent, joint replacement, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice cases, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Orthopedics, Surgical Errors, Verdicts |

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 |

Improving Hospital Care

Anyone who has ever been a hospital patient or who has had a loved one in the hospital has seen errors in care.  They occur on almost a daily basis and they come in all shapes and sizes.  Modern medical … Read More

Posted in Arizona Medical Board, disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Lawsuits, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice claims, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Nurses, Secrecy, Surgical Errors |

Generic Drug Betrayal

The promise of generic drugs is enticing:  quality replacements for name-brand drugs at a fraction of the price.  Regardless of whether that promise was ever anything more than an illusion, it is a proven lie today. I read two recent … Read More

Posted in drug companies, Fraud, health, Health Care Costs, Lawsuits, Medical Costs, medical ethics, Secrecy |

Secrecy and More Secrecy

I swear it is not just me.  While I have been concerned about the effects of secrecy in health care and malpractice litigation for some time, the news lately is just full of stories about patients being kept in the … Read More

Posted in antibiotic resistant bacteria, Arizona Medical Board, Defensive Medicine, disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Infection, Lawsuits, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice claims, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Medicare, Secrecy |