No Borders For Halloween by Pat Conrad MD


  Even as neurotic parents, do-gooder advocates, and municipal safety rats try to take the thrills out of Halloween, along comes yet another scary creature to add some real chills. Sometimes the scariest doctors don’t have the perverted genius of Frankenstein, the genocidal malevolence of a Mengele, the diabolical wizardry of a Phibes, the cabinet…

Quote of the Week


“Eventually you will see that the real cause of problem is not life itself. It’s the commotion the mind makes about life that really causes the problems.” Michael Singer, The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself Tweet

Narrow Network Reversed


Earlier this month I described how “narrow networks” work.  Basically, I detailed how the insurers are knocking doctors out of their plans because of “quality” reasons, which means they don’t want to pay them. I forgot to highlight the reverse.  Many physicians are not taking the plans from the exchange because they pay too little.…

The Quarantine Dilemma


A Maine nurse is pissed about how she was treated in NJ.  She was forcefully quarantined after returning from working with Ebola patients in West Africa.  To quell the panic of its citizens, New Jersey Governor Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo jointly announced a new quarantine policy: Under New Jersey’s protocol, state residents who come…

The Medicaid Shunt


Take a look at the ACA from a 30,000 foot level.  The administration was in cahoots with the insurers.  It is certainly not affordable.   Then look at the amount of NEW people getting Medicaid.  It looks good for the government because they pay so much less to providers for Medicaid patients and they can…

UnitedHealth’s Profit


How does an insurance company make money?  As the title of this article says, they “boost their profits by lowering medical costs”. So here are the facts.  UnitedHealth Group Inc. reported better-than-expected third-quarter earnings and raised its profit forecast for the year and did it by driving down medical costs. How? Medical utilization remained restrained UnitedHealth added that…

The Apology


Remember Thomas Eric Duncan?  He was patient zero who first brought the Ebola virus to the US.  He is the Typhoid Mary who lied about his contact with an Ebola victim in Liberia.  He is dead and now two nurses are infected because of him. Of course you all know this by now and it…