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Importing Doctors

NPR is now trying to make the point that doctors from other countries do basically what we do,  so why not import more of them into the US?  Check out the article here.  Wow, can we be marginalized any more?  First it is midlevels and now it is foreign docs.  Why do some people keep…

Your Hospital Bill

If you haven’t read the piece in the Time Magazine entitled Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us then please do……but on an empty stomach.   It will make you sick.   Here are just a few standout points for me: When you look behind the bills that Sean Recchi and other patients receive, you…

The Dreaded Pill Count

If you have been a follower of my writing, you know my stance on narcs.  I believe 90% of the chronic pain people are bullsh%t.   You can read entry after entry where  I have blogged evidence to prove that.   I also think most docs who dabble in chronic pain management are idiots.  …

You, Doctor, Are The Problem by Pat Conrad MD

Like a lot of you, I’m feeling a little tired after the last two months of winter.  Along with a bigger than average flu pandemic, and the annual cold weather circus of COPD flares and mothers needing back-to-school notes for pink-eyed urchins, I packed in a few extra hours.  No that’s not a complaint, just…

Quote of the Week

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” Dale Carnegie Tweet

Firing Patients

I was sent this article from the Poughkeepsie Journal called Doctors ‘firing’ patients is a disturbing development.   The author, Karen Angel, brings up a lot of appropriate concerns but is off base on a few of them.   She first decries how her mother was fired from a medical practice (after she sent management…

EMR/EHR Flaws

For everyone who thinks Electronic Medical Records are perfect than you should see this article.    It seems Drexel University’s Scot Silverstein is a renowned critic and I love it.   Here are some great highlights from the piece: “We’re in the midst of a mania right now” as traditional patient charts are switched to computers,…

Dr. Watson Bullsh%t Again

Throw in a fancy title like the “The Robot Will See You Now” and you have the makings of a great article, right?  Maybe.  Jonathan Cohn of The Atlantic gives his best shot to explain why computers may take over for doctors.      I blogged a couple of years about “Dr. Watson” from IBM.…

The Dilution of the Family Doctor

It’s just embarrassing.  Instead of fixing the real problems (pay, competition from LELTs), some medical schools are adding to the problem by SHORTENING medical school for those inclined to go into primary care.   What a joke.   Now you have medical students who are taking this career route out of trickery and bribes.  …

The NOT So Good Old Days

This came in from a loyal reader, Ana Gratacos, after she read this article entitled Walmart to Offer Heath Screening Stations: I am an old fashioned person, at the same time I embrace technology, but this one I really dislike, especially when it says: But SoloHealth’s backers do have larger plans. The Duluth, Ga.-based company…