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
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
Hey, Medicare Beneficiaries, There Is No Free Lunch!
Recently, I was stuck in front of a television that was showing a nature program. Every few minutes, it was advertisement time. Because this was early November and Medicare beneficiaries can change their Medicare plans at this time of year, … Read More
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
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
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
Hospitals Continue to Hide the Ball.
As anyone who observes our health care delivery system in action knows, hospitals are hotbeds of medical errors. It is not all their fault but it is a fact. There are so many people participating in patient care. There are … Read More
Posted in disclosure of medical mistakes, Fraud, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Lawsuits, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Medicare, Nurses, plaintiff, Secrecy
Hospital Pricing is Crazy and Unfair
If you want an example of why we in the United States pay more per capita for health care than anyone else but don’t get much for our money, look no further than the data being reluctantly released by hospitals … Read More
Many Hospitals Prey On Their Patients
Last week’s New York Times ran an article about how rich hospitals profit from their patient’s car accidents. The article showed how hospitals take advantage of old lien laws enacted to ensure patients received treatment in the days before widespread … Read More
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