When Patients Audio Record Without Your Consent

January 26, 2010 in Medical Legal

What if a patient or family member secretly records your conversation. Is this legal. Is this a medical legal crisis? Should you freak out? Should you call your lawyer or the police? Or should you be polite and remain calm?

Getting What You Pay For: Primary Care

January 25, 2010 in Health Care "Reform"

How much would you pay for real primary medical care?

How To Fix The Great Powered Wheelchair Money Pit

January 23, 2010 in Health Policy

Millions in tax payer money is wasted per year on Medicare purchased electrically powered wheelchairs and scooters. Much of this is from improperly filled out or missing documentation but I suspect that even more is because of needs and use that is not really completely medically necessary.

Office Wait Times to Worsen in California

January 22, 2010 in Health Policy

A new California law set to start in 2011 will mandate minimum times to get an appointment to see an HMO doctor. It’s a great example of using brute force legislation to try and fix a problem without addressing the root causes. You go, California!

Poll: 80% Americans Want to Legalize Medical Marijuana

January 21, 2010 in Health Policy, Medicine

The percentage of Americans who support some form of legalized marijuana continues to increase to near record levels. This is unprecedented in a nation that has a hard time uniting and agreeing on anything short of war and yet Washington remains mute on this issue.

Wild Inconsistency and Lack of Common Sense Plague State Medical Boards

January 19, 2010 in Health Policy

A doctor removes the wrong kidney. The punishment varies wildly depending not only the state but upon unmentioned intangibles that exemplify the limitations of throwing together a group of peers who neither have enough legal experience nor follow their own science training to make “common sense” decisions.

Crush Injuries in Haiti

January 16, 2010 in Medicine

After being trapped under the rubble of her house in Port-au-Prince for 2 days, an 11 year old girl died within 24 hours of being rescued. The only injuries mentioned were to her right leg and shoulder. Why did she die and so suddenly after being rescued?

Dead Bodies Do Not Spread Disease

January 15, 2010 in Medicine

You hear it after every natural disaster that causes large loss of life and the massive earthquake in Haiti this week has been no exception: Dead bodies spread disease. Well, no, not exactly. The short answer is that corpses are not an infection risk for diseases they didn’t already have.

Is Taxing Expensive Health Benefits the Key to Health Care Reform?

January 14, 2010 in Health Care "Reform"

MIT economist Jonathan Gruber and the Obama Administration are pushing Congress to include a massive tax on so-called “Cadillac” health care insurance plans under the theory that these expensive insurance products are causing high health care costs.The problem is that this theory is an unproven fantasy that Dr. Gruber was paid by the Obama Administration support.

How Drug Prices Respond to Billions in Funding

January 12, 2010 in Health Care "Reform"

Medicare part D and expensive and senseless prescription drug utilization by physicians is reeking havoc in a non-capitalist responsive medical care system.