Quote of the Week: Joseph Campbell

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. Joseph Campbell Editor’s Note: For those in the medical field, that’s you! Click here to get your free weekly newsletter. No Spam. No giving out of your info. Promise.) Tweet0

The Joint Commission Can Kiss My Ass

I hate the Joint Commission.  I always have hated the Joint Commission.  I worked for three different hospital systems in my life and this organization always caused an uproar whenever their supposed appearances were threatened.  It was one of the few times administrators were seen throughout the hospital (where these administrators came from and why…

Burnout and Resilience

Burnout is the new “in” thing.  Everyone is worried about it, especially the idiots who helped create it.  Here is another AAFP attempt at placating its members with a series called “Family Medicine Physicians Speak Out on Burnout and Resilience”.  The title, to me, basically says, “Family Docs are Trying to Weather the Storm but…

Everyone Loses With Insurer Monopolies Except the Insurers

It turns out that when insurers don’t have any competition they drive down the payments to hospitals and doctors.  And then they keep all the profits. In markets where insurers and providers are concentrated — where consolidations have increased individual market shares — hospital admissions and physician fees drop, a big-data study shows. However, the…

When There Isn’t Enough Meat To Go Around by Pat Conrad MD

Times are tough all over.  More and more patients need more care, for which the government takes more responsibility, and shells out more money, passing more laws, creating more shortages, and rationing more access.  As they have so often, the United Kingdom has led the way toward innovation and stretching limited resources. Here in the…

Fun Friday: Odors

This was the genius of the Placebo Journal, a print magazine that ran from 2001 to 2011.   Something as official sounding as a medical algorithm was totally blown up into something preposterous. Click here to get your free weekly newsletter. No Spam. No giving out of your info. Promise.) Tweet0

The Healthcare Mortgage Payment

Are you ready to pay through the teeth for health insurance that you will never use, because of the high deductible? This is from the Associated Press (not Fox or other right leaning media outlet): Millions of people who buy individual health insurance policies and get no financial help from the Affordable Care Act are…