Valleywide Legal Blog

The Problem With Drug Prices.

There was a good story in the Washington Post earlier this week discussing some of the reasons for our high drug prices.  So why are prices so high?  Why doesn’t our vaunted free market system drive them lower through competition?  While … Read More

Posted in drug companies, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, Hospitals, Medical Costs, medical research |

Power Morcellators Revisited

I have written in the past about power morcellators and the harm they have caused patients.  I have links here, here and here.  Despite their risks, power morcellators continue to be used by surgeons for minimally invasive gynecological surgery.  In … Read More

Posted in Cancer, Doctors, hysterectomy, Informed Consent, Medical Devices, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical research, Power Morcellators |

Secret Conflicts of Interest

By now I am sure it is common knowledge that doctors are often paid by drug companies and by the manufacturers of medical devices.  There is a strong correlation between the amount of a company’s drugs a doctor prescribes and … Read More

Posted in disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, drug companies, Health Care Costs, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Medical Devices, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, medical research, science news, Secrecy |

Good News for Type 1 Diabetics!

Last week I wrote about one of the problems facing Type 1 diabetics: the ever increasing cost of the insulin they need to stay alive.  Today, I am writing about some good news that may reduce the need for insulin.  … Read More

Posted in drug companies, General Health, health, healthy living, medical research, science news, Type 1 Diabetes |

Medical Research – Funding and Fraud

Medical literature is frequently the gold standard when it comes to addressing issues in medical malpractice cases.  Studies published in most respected journals involve research that is rigorous and well-controlled for multiple factors and biases.  The scientific community and the legal community … Read More

Posted in Fraud, medical research |

Beware Lasik!

If you have been following our blog for any period of time, you know that one of the things we often discuss is the fact that medicine is a business and the patients are its customers.  Like almost all other … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Fraud, General Health, lasik, medical research |

What is Holding Up Virtual Medicine?

Last month I wrote about what many health care professionals believe to be the biggest problem in medicine: lack of patient compliance.  This has been offered as the reason the many new technical advances in medicine are failing to produce … Read More

Posted in Defensive Medicine, Doctors, General Health, health, Health Care Costs, Lawsuits, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice cases, medical malpractice claims, medical malpractice lawsuits, Medical Negligence, medical research, Misdiagnosis, science news, tort reform |

Surgeons Continue to Perform Unnecessary Surgeries.

As I have observed on many occasions, medicine is a business and we patients are its customers.  It is as true in Phoenix, Arizona as it is in New York or California.  Under the fee for service model of payment, … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Fee for Service, Fraud, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, Medical Costs, medical research, PODS, Prostate Cancer |

Telemedicine Is Coming to You.

Some days it seems the world just keeps turning faster and faster.  The ways in which we have done things all our lives are changing.  No area is spared from change and that is particularly true of medicine.  We used … Read More

Posted in Doctors, electronic medical records, Health Care Costs, Hospitals, Lawsuits, Medical Costs, medical errors, medical research, science news |

Medicine Is A Business, And Don’t Ever Forget It.

There have been a couple of recent news stories which serve to remind us that medicine is a business and that the business aspects of medicine can affect our health.  The first story had to do with a vaccine for Type 1 … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Fee for Service, health, Health Care Costs, Medical Costs, medical research, science news |