Drug Prices

Why does Walgreens charge 1,237% more than Costco? That is the headline clickbait but you can read the whole article in USA Today . Do you want the answer? Because they can. Want to fix it?  Shop somewhere else.  Walgreens will lose business and will then have to bring their prices down. That is called the…

The Derm Response

I recently did a review of a ridiculous study and you can see it here.  After mocking it I said this: I guess when you make so much money you have to find a way to distract people from being too critical?  How? First up, throw the evil sun at them.  If that fails then you…

UnitedHealth Outdoctors The Government

The Justice Department on Tuesday has accused UnitedHealth Group of overcharging the federal government by more than $1 billion through its Medicare Advantage plans. They are alleging “that the insurer made patients appear sicker than they were in order to collect higher Medicare payments than it deserved.” How does this happen?  Well, Medicare pays the health plans using…

That’s More Like It by Pat Conrad MD

And then… Miss USA is getting her mind right, courtesy of the mob.  After saying during her title-winning pageant answer that health care is a “privilege,” she was scorched for such a horrible slight to humankind.  She has since clarified:  “I am privileged to have health care and I do believe that it should be…

Rookie Move by Pat Conrad MD

Ooooh, she didn’t read the script!  Everybody knows there are acceptable opinions, and there are rude, nasty, ugly points of view that will get you blasted from fashionable circles quicker than you can say “personal responsibility.” Kara McCullough is a 26 year-old daughter of a U.S. Marine, a graduate of South Carolina State University with…