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
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
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
Secrecy Plus The Desire For Profits Equals Patient Deaths
Over the years I have discussed a number of topics which relate to patient safety. These include secrecy, money, training, medical ethics, and surgical experience. Every once in a while a story comes along which touches on all of these … Read More
When Will Congress Protect The American People?
If you needed any further proof of the corrosive effect of unlimited corporate money in politics, look no further than the scandalous profits being made by the big drug companies. Drug companies are rolling in profits. They make these profits … Read More
Arizona Hospitals Busted by Medicare for Patient Safety Lapses.
I am not the only one who believes that there are patient safety problems at Arizona hospitals. Medicare has announced that it is penalizing 15 Arizona hospitals for high rates of infection and patient safety issues. The Arizona 15 are … Read More
Posted in General Health, health, Health Care Costs, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Infection, Medical Costs, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medicare, Sepsis
Incidence of Malpractice in Long-Term-Care Hospitals.
Unbiased information about medical malpractice is often hard to come by. As I have discussed from time to time, there is a veil of secrecy that surrounds malpractice events and claims. Doctors and hospitals don’t want to admit they make … Read More
Posted in disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, health, Health Care Costs, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Medical Costs, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Medicare, Medication Errors, Nurses, Secrecy
Drug Costs Continue To Soar.
I have often written about the fact that drug prices in the United States are a disgrace. See here and here. We pay more for the same drugs than anyone else in the world. A recent article in the New … Read More
Never Underestimate The Corrosive Effect Of Money
When I look back on past blog posts, I am surprised at the number of times money is involved in whatever bad thing I am writing about. Doctors, people to whom we entrust our lives and those of our family, … Read More
Posted in Defensive Medicine, Doctors, drug companies, Fee for Service, Fraud, Health Care Costs, Medical Costs, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, Medicare, Secrecy, tort reform
Generic Drug Price Fixing.
“Generic” is the name given to drugs that are not protected by patents. Anyone can make a generic drug. Because they are not protected by patents, it is anticipated that competition will drive down the prices of generic drugs to … Read More