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Right the “First” Time by Pat Conrad MD

A sentence like “For the 11th consecutive year, the family doctor was the most highly recruited doctor” should get the primary care types feeling a little better about themselves, right?  Of course the cynic might note that the quickest way to fix a shortage is to increase pay, the relative paucity which of being the best…

This Won’t End Here by Pat Conrad MD

A doctor went nuts this weekend, walked into his hospital with an AR-15 under his lab coat, and shot six, killing one.  “Dr. Henry Bello then shot himself, and staggered, bleeding, into a hallway where he collapsed and died with the rifle at his side, officials said.”  According to an email sent by the perp,…

People Will Die!

People will die!!! Yes, people do die. It is the circle of life. In fact, people have died because they could NO LONGER afford the rate increases by Obamacare. Yes, Obamacare! Nothing in this world is perfect.  I hate the political hyperbole almost as much as this guy.  Plus, I thought this video was well done and funny.

Full disclaimer – I don’t love this new bill much either. In fact, no health care bill works for me unless it HURTS the insurance companies.

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CNN, Mexico, Birth Control

Please try to take politics out of this.  Try to look at the lunacy instead.  The headline on CNN went: ‘Trumpcare’ would send her to Mexico for birth control There is more: “It’s not that the Gonzalezes don’t have insurance; they have very good insurance through Ariana’s job as a high school teacher. The problem is…

Embracing DPC Takes Dedication and Sacrifice

My friend and colleague, Julie Gunther MD, is highlighted in the most recent AAFP News magazine.  I recently spent a lot of time with Julie at a business conference (Inc Magazine) where we got to know each other much better. I was NOT at the DPC Summit to hear her talk but I know what she…

Like a Fine Whine by Pat Conrad MD

The recent general election in the U.K. was a shock and a bad wound to the ruling Tory Party, and to Prime Minister May.  Aware of the rising health care costs and average age in Britain – sound familiar? – conservatives sought a way to offset these costs by shockingly passing the responsibility on to…