Fruit Roll-Ups

Maerenn Jepsen, a General Mills spokeswoman, said, “We stand behind our products, and we stand behind the accuracy of the labeling of those products”.  And that is why the lawsuit continues in California.   The person suing them believes the company is being untruthful when they state the Fruit Roll-Ups are healthful and natural, rather than a…

Grand-Aide

You got to love when a cardiologist working at a medical school has an epiphany on how to fix the primary care shortage.   His concept is simple.   Create a position called Grand-Aides.    Who they are?   Well, students getting a grand-aide certificate would do coursework that “covers protocols for 26 primary care conditions,…

Quote of the Week

The superior doctor prevents sickness; The mediocre doctor attends to impending sickness; The inferior doctor treats actual sickness. Chinese Proverb Tweet

Medical Tourism Heating Up

I have always been a fan of medical tourism.   If any country wants to hire me as their “medical” ambassador, just give me a call.  Why?  The bottom line is that if the doctors are good and the price is much cheaper then they deserve the business.  And what a business it is. Nearly three…

Medical Cost Cutting by Ted Bacharach MD (retired)

The application of industrial methods to cutting medical care cost seemed to make good sense. Doctors who were busy and had little desire to be administrators figured it would be best to let others do this type of activity. It did not take long before some of these money saving features intruded on the medical…

Bring In The Clowns

In another media story that means very little, clowns are being brought into a Canadian hospital to help get women pregnant.  Sound ridiculous?  Two professionally trained, university accredited medical clowns from Israel are presented a conference at the McGill University Health Centre’s reproductive centre about the link between clowning and fertility rates.  In a study…

Medicare Fraud

Finally, the government is getting on the ball by finding, arresting and prosecuting the doctors who abuse our Medicare system.  The recent arrest of 108 doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers from around the nation was impressive as they had bilked the country out of $455 million, which was the highest amount of false claims pursued in…

Removing the Third Party

I love the concept of independence.   Unfortunately, when I came out of residency it was not an option.  I was broke, had a family, and needed security after spending a decade of my “earning” years in school.   Now, doctors are trying to eschew insurance and directly bill the patient and I love it!…

Extra Story of the Day

Sent in by one our readers to give you a smile: Back in the 1970s, I spent six months of my clinical psychology internship year with the department of medicine at the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis, working with the Psychological Medicine division that focused on psychosomatic illnesses. One of our weekly case conferences involved…