Quote of the Week

If you want to succeed in the world you must make your own opportunities as you go on. The man who waits for some seventh wave to toss him on dry land will find that the seventh wave is a long time a coming. You can commit no greater folly than to sit by the…

Just a Vitamin?

You have to read this article in the NY Times about how high achieving students abuse ADD drugs.   I knew it was out there  and I know that I was worked for an Rx before by a student demanding it but I never knew it was this bad.  It turns out that Adderall ,…

Unethical Medical Student

Emily Dirr, a female medical student from Northeast Ohio Medical University, is being accused of having a phony blog for 11 years.   Well, that doesn’t sound bad, that is until you realize what she was doing.   “Using photos that she allegedly pulled off websites, Dirr recounted a tear-jerker of a story about 5-year-old Eli Dirr, his struggle with cancer and his mother’s death in a car accident on the way to the hospital in Saskatchewan where she worked.”  Unfortunately, it was all a hoax or a kind of Munchausen by Internet.    What kind of future doctor would lie, cheat, misrepresent herself, tell tall tales, and manipulate emotions all to further some personal agenda.  Looks like we have a making a future medical administrator.  Congratulation, Emily!

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The Cost of Defensive Medicine

In an article I originally found in Medical Economics, Dr. Jeffrey Segal does a wonderful job explaining how defensive medicine drives up the cost of healthcare.  Segal, a neurosurgeon, is CEO of Medical Justice and a board member of Patients for Fair Compensation, a non-profit seeking to revamp the medical tort system.  His points are…

Narcs for Athletes

In the ongoing concussion controversy  in sports, we tend to forget that there are physicians in place who are supposedly there to help these athletes.   Or are they?  The pressure of working for a professional sports team is huge.   Owners, coaches and players are all after the doctors to change their minds or…

Three-Way Stop by Pat Conrad MD

From time to time I like to throw out acerbic and scornful judgments regarding what we are pleased to refer to as the “justice” system when it comes to medical malpractice…and voila, a gem from this past week.  Seems one William Martinez was leading a particularly active social life, and and was subsequently summoned to the Great…

Physicians by Ted Bacharach MD (retired)

Not too many years ago the attraction of medicine as a profession was tremendous. There continues to be considerable attraction but compared to the past it has shrunk considerably. The reason for this is not entirely clear although the image of the physician as depicted pictorially tends to reflect how the medical profession is viewed.…

Right Under My Nose

In a really interesting “review and outlook” in the Wall Street Journal, there is a synopsis of what they call ObamaCare in Reverse.   They explain how one state passed laws like the new Affordable Healthcare Act in 1993 and subsequently  four of the five insurers left the state.  This lead to higher premiums, consumers…