Doug Farrago

RomneyCare

The Wall Street Journal did a recent review of what is going on in Massachusetts.   You may not be able to see the link unless you have a subscription.  Let me review: 79% of the newly insured are on public programs. Health costs will consume some 54% of the state budget in 2012 up from…

Ashamed 731 by Pat Conrad MD

Saying what I actually think of the federal government would probably get me banned from this website, and enlarge what I’m sure is an ample FBI file somewhere.  So I leave it to the reader’s imagination… …Today I renewed my DEA license, you know, the cute little government card that lets me dispense and prescribe…

Safety-Net Hospitals

A new study in the Archives of Internal Medicine show that the 25% of hospitals with the highest proportion of Medicaid patients score nearly 6 percentage points worse on measures of patient satisfaction compared with what is called non-safety-net hospitals.   Here a taste of some of the questions:  “How often did doctors explain things in a…

Frailty Be Thy Name

A new study at Oregon State University  found that from a survey of more than 4,300 U.S. adults older than 60, those with low vitamin D levels had a 30 percent greater risk of death during the study period than those with higher levels. Frail people had more than double the risk of death than those…

Who? by Ted Bacharach MD (retired)

When you ask anyone about their doctor you get a surprising array of answers. You do not get the now obsolete reply: “My doctor is Dr. Abernathy.”, or “Our family physician has always been Dr. Smith.” In today’s environment the responses are much more likely to be: “My doctor is “Health Corporation Xylast” or our…

I Know What He IS Guilty Of by Pat Conrad MD

Lance Everett Wyatt, M.D.  Honestly, I don’t know whether he did it or not.  Los Angeles plastic surgeon  Lance Everett Wyatt, M.D. was arrested on 8/2 on suspicion of secretly videotaping naked patients, and as well as charges of sexual battery and use of force Doc arrested.  Anytime your name and the word “arrested” makes headlines,…

Quote of the Week

Our first reaction to most others statements or opinions is an evaluation or judgment, rather than an understanding of it. It’s time we start to permit ourselves to understand what the meaning of the statement is to the other person. Martin Luther King Jr. I thought of this during the whole Chick-fil-A craziness.  Here is another quote I found…

Tell Sanjay What You Think

I like a few different doctors who are television personalities.   One of them is Sanjay Gupta from CNN.  He is a neurosurgeon and so he does not know what it is like to be in the trenches of the healthcare system.  That being said, he just wrote a nice piece for the NYT entitled…

Fifty Percent

I am biased.  I have repeatedly pointed out that the “quality” fad is a sham and unproven. I have offered up study after study to this blog (and my former employer in Maine) showing that there is no proof that quality initiatives improve patient care or even lower the cost of healthcare.  I admit my…

Let The Character Assassination Begin

I told you about the moronic lawyer trying to sue after the Aurora shooting.   Now comes the media and the world trying to put blame on the psychiatrist who was seeing this criminal.  This article is entitled Details emerge on psychiatrist of Colorado massacre gunman and they quickly try to go on to destroy…