Report Your Doctor! by Val Jones MD

Here is a another great editorial by Val Jones MD at getbetterhealth.com: In another example of government over-reach, the NYT describes how the Obama administration is enlisting the help of patients to report physicians (whom they believe may have made a medical error), directly to the federal government. While there are systems already in place for such reports…

Facility Fee Probed

About three weeks ago I blogged about how hospitals and administrators have discovered a new type of greed. In the past, hospitals bought up doctors so they could control where the patients were being sent.  In other words, all admissions, x-rays, labs, etc. came to the hospital that owned the practice.   Well, since there…

Hard to Fathom

A study conducted by the non-profit research group RTI on behalf of the NY state’s health department found that poor smokers in New York State spend about a quarter of their entire income on cigarettes.  Wow.  Since these people are making less than $30 K there it seems to me that $7500 is a whole bunch of money.…

Finally The AAFP Grew Some Balls!

The American Academy of Family Physicians shot back at the whole physician extender “is as good as a doctor” trend.  You might remember that the government/hospitals/insurance companies are supporting this movement for ONE reason only.  They are cheaper.    Take a look at this AAFP stance here.  Here is a quick summary: The AAFP report…

Hospitals Losing Money

More than one-third of Massachusetts hospitals in fiscal year 2011 lost money.  Ouch.  Boston Medical Center reported the largest loss, at $25.1 million.  Granted, many of them are chock full of administrators (remember that there is a ratio of 5 admins to one doctor in this country) so I am very sure they are top heavy.  …

Too Fat To Die?

Ronald Post, who shot and killed a hotel clerk in northern Ohio almost 30 years ago, says he is too fat to be put to death. He is 480 lbs and claims his “weight, vein access, scar tissue and other medical problems” would make killing him torturous.  Has it really gotten to this?  Our country is…

Constant Rollover

The article in the American Medical News starts out with this headline: Many hospitals recruiting doctors continually Experts say physicians may want to contact health care institutions even if there is not a job listing that’s an obvious fit. Basically, hospitals are always recruiting.  Is that a surprise?  “Physicians are in high demand, which means…

Quote of the Week

Any man worth his salt will stick up for what he believes right, but it takes a slightly better man to acknowledge instantly and without reservation that he is in error. Andrew Jackson Tweet0

A True Free Market Healthcare System

Medical Economics published an editorial response by Craig M. Wax DO to the people that hammered his original article.   I thought it was so good that I had to show you it here: We have not had a true free market for healthcare services or insurance in more than 60 years. Previously, patients paid…