Straw Man: The Dishonesty Needs to Stop

A straw man argument is defined as “an intentionally misrepresented proposition that is set up because it is easier to defeat than an opponent’s real argument.”As such, the dishonesty under the guise of promoting a profession needs to stop. My former profession has resorted to the straw man fallacy in arguing for full practice authority (FPA).…

How to Stop Feeding $$$ to a Dragon in the Great Swamp of American Healthcare

When a doctor treats a patient, the patient’s conditions and treatments are then communicated to insurers using the language of the Current Procedural Technology (CPT) coding system, the first edition of which was produced in 1966 by the American Medical Association (AMA). The federal government eventually granted copyright royalties for the CPT system to the…

A Look into Medical Tourism

Recently I was scrolling through the AOA Morning Brief email when the headline, “THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS ARE CROSSING THE BORDER INTO MEXICO EVERY YEAR TO GET AFFORDABLE MEDICAL TREATMENT” from Newsweek caught my eye. I was first introduced to “Medical Tourism” as part of a medical missions trip to the Philippines in 2004. A few…

Out of Reach

Drug prices are insane. Drug Copays are going up fast. Increasingly, drug coverage insurance is pushing more drug costs onto the patients. This quickly becomes a problem. The result: Even when patients have health insurance, huge copays may place necessary drugs out of reach. Pharmaceutical companies will respond in several ways to this criticism: Copay…

THE BLAME GAME….WHO TO NAME?

It has become so easy to blame physicians for all the wrongs that are occurring in health care. And it is unfair. So let me clarify some things. Medical school and residency taught us how to care for the human body and all of its requisite ills. It did not prepare us for the onslaught…