Some Doctor Reviews Are Fake.
Studies show that consumers search for and rely on reviews for nearly everything, including medical care. We are all looking for that 5 star product or service. Couple this with a thriving black market in fake reviews and you have … Read More
Some Medicare Advantage Plans Are Taking Us For A Ride
In 2003, Congress made a major change to Medicare. In the hopes of reducing costs through privatization, it created what are called Medicare Advantage plans. The idea was that private companies would be paid a fixed amount to provide Medicare … Read More
Doctors Behaving Badly.
Doctors are not immune to the mores of the society around them. It seems that everywhere we look today, we see a coarsening of society. Past generations may have cursed, but they didn’t do it all the time or loudly … Read More
Virginia OB/GYN, Who Routinely Performed Unnecessary Surgeries, Gets Prison Time
There are predators in the medical profession. The profession is unable or unwilling to root them out. The doctor I writing about today was proven to have preyed on vulnerable women in Southern Virginia for at least ten years between … Read More
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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