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Behind The Curtain of Oz

We have done blogs on Dr. Oz before.  And yes, I have called him a big douche.   Still believe it, too.   That being said, he is a smart dude and with an impressive pedigree.  This story in the New Yorker is extensive and very detailed about his history.  They give him his due…

Doctor Unions On The Horizon?

As more and more doctors become hospital employees it seems only inevitable that they will eventually unionize.    Let’s give a quick background.  Insurers take over healthcare.   Physicians are unable to stand up to them.    Docs then get wooed by the hospitals to marry them in order to fight back (the enemy of…

Quote of the Week

“Too many of us are hung up on what we don’t have, can’t have, or won’t ever have. We spend too much energy being down, when we could use that same energy – if not less of it – doing, or at least trying to do, some of the things we really want to do.”…

The P4P Fallacy Continues

You are not going to believe this but even the New York Times is against the Pay-for-Performance trend that is ruining our healthcare system. I wish the author, Bill Keller, knew more about what he was talking about, though.  He should have contacted me if he wanted to spice up his  article.   Alas, he…

Fat Tax

This is an older article that escaped my wrath but luckily I just found it again.   It seems after one year the Danish have scrapped their fat tax.   Why?  It was hurting the economy and the small businesses.  The stupid tax was on any food containing more than 2.3% saturated fat, as “a potential…

Readmissions

Nothing bugs a hospital administrator like lost money.  It drives them crazy.   It gives them nightmares at night.  It is how they are judged by their board.   Readmissions to hospitals, within 30 days, is keeping this curse going now that Medicare is penalizing hospitals if they don’t stop this trend.  In fact, hospitals…

The Checklist Brawl at Brigham and Women’s

I haven’t read the book called  When Doctors Don’t Listen but it was just reviewed in the Boston Globe. Brigham and Women’s Hospital emergency room physicians Dr. Leana Wen and Dr. Joshua Kosowsky state that docs “often tune out a patient’s story when seeking a diagnosis and simply clue in on specific symptoms, which may lead them…

500th Post

I just realized that according to WordPress that this is my 500th post.   Wow.   It made me question why I do this?   I blog everyday because it keeps me somewhat sane.  It is like therapy for me.   I also try (not always successful) to respond to most emails and comments.  …

Legalize All Drugs

One of the “Real Housewives of New York City” cast members feels we should legalize all drugs, not just marijuana.   Aviva Drescher says that America should “free today’s slaves who are shackled in the modern day plantations — aka jails.”   What does that even mean?   This is what happens when reality TV enables…

Quote of the Week

“I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, ‘Where’s the self-help section?’ She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose.” George Carlin Tweet