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$99,750 Bill For An Ear Wax Removal

Really?  I am all for physician-owned surgical centers but ridiculous bills like this make me sick.   Nothing but greed and they make us all look bad.   That is not what competition and capitalism is all about.  Now Aetna is going to court to fight  over what constitutes fair health care bills.   Why do we need…

Med Schools Want To Play House

Here is another funny one.   Medical schools also want to be part of the  medical home world.  They plan to “teach teamwork , quality improvement and community-based care to prepare students for practicing in a patient-centered medical home.”  Let’s all just jump on the politically correct parade, shall we?   Hey, if it gets more medical…

All Doctors To Be Landlords

For the family docs “buying” into the Medical Home Model let me just warn you that the neighborhood is getting crowded.   According to the American Medical News, “a handful of non-primary care groups have qualified within the general program, but an expansion would allow more doctors to participate.”  So there you go.  You thought they…

Obesity by Ted Bacharach MD (retired)

Our problem with obesity has reached a point where it is becoming obvious that all of us are eating too much and a change is needed. More food has saved us from starvation and many of the diseases associated with malnutrition have disappeared. In their place we have gotten fat and diabetes has become a…

Heisenberg and Quality

This is from Wikipedia: In quantum mechanics, the uncertainty principle is any of a variety of mathematical inequalities asserting a fundamental lower bound on the precision with which certain pairs of physical properties of a particle, such as position x and momentum p, can be simultaneously known. The more precisely the position of some particle…

Quote of the Week

Good morning, ladies and germs.  The ambulance stopped with a jerk, and I got off. Hawkeye Piecre MY LAST DAY WORKING AS A DOCTOR IN MAINE.  IT HAS BEEN A WILD 18 YEARS!   Tweet0

Judgment Day

Supreme Court Health Care Decision Will Define The Future Of The American Health Care System!!!  That is the headline here in this Huffington Post article.  Man, have they over dramatized this enough?   I don’t like a lot of the aspects of the Affordable Health Care Act, as I have listed in previous blogs, but…

Debatable Science

The headline reads that Fan Dies after 11 Nights without Sleep.  I think the science here is debatable. Supposedly, a Chinese soccer fan died at his home after going 11 nights without sleep as he watched every single European Championship match.   After watching Italy defeat another team that no one cares about, the 26-year-old fan went back…

The $5 Doctor

Russell Dohner, a Rushville, Illinois doctor since 1955, is getting some nice press for basically doing charity work.  He charges $5 per visit and has been doing that since the 1970’s.  Here is also what the article said: The low price isn’t the only thing at Dohner’s office that’s remained constant for decades. The office…