January 29, 2010 in Health Policy
Q: What happens when the chronically sick and elderly have to pay more out of pocket every time they see their doctor? A: They go to the hospital more. It’s not cost shifting. It’s Medicare.
January 28, 2010 in Medical Ethics
Dr. Wakefield will likely lose his UK medical license for “dishonest, irresponsible and [showing] callous disregard for the distress and pain of children” in attempting to prove a link between the MMR vaccine and autism. Good thing he currently works in Texas!
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?