Bridget Reidy MD

Bridget Reidy is an FP practicing near Victoria, British Columbia who abhors hypocrisy, waste, euphemisms, and useless bureaucrats, ie inauthentic medicine. She was a board certified FP with a certificate of additional qualifications in palliaitive care, no longer because, MOC. She did her residency in rural Marquette Michigan in the eighties, and spent her career mostly in the US in a variety of settings, emergency, urgent care, family practice - including locums on reservations, prisons and medicaid mills, and housecall practice - including work as a hospice medical director. Now she owns and runs a solo cottage industry style family practice, typical of Canadain FP's. She is on the advisory board of The Medical Post, Canada's newsletter for physicians, and a member of BC GP's for reform.

Is Burnout BS?

I’m no epidemiologist, but we all can notice how diseases and their definitions change over time.  Once AIDS was a checklist of various abnormalities that clustered together, then we discovered the HIV virus and eventually treated even those who didn’t yet fit that definition.  There are diseases we know the cause of, can diagnose with reasonable accuracy,…

Ever Notice What a Heart Attack Sounds Like?

I did seven years of emergency medicine and even with a stethoscope never detected any sound that could make troponins obsolete and MI’s diagnosed before EMS arrival.  But it turns out the click-bait title is either just the media confusing MI with cardiac arrest, or Silicon Valley exaggerating the benefits of their intrusion into health care.  At…

Healthcare Leaders Still Know Little About Physician Burnout

A group of 470 clinicians, mostly doctors and nurses, were surveyed on burnout. A whopping 70% reported experiencing the symptoms “considerably” or “a great deal”, while 90% agreed that it is a “public health crisis that demands urgent action”. But they were only asked about causes as they relate to technology, or at least that’s…

Doctor Bashing

Here we go again. Doctor bashing is a tried and true way to bring up a hidden agenda, and this article takes one of the standard approaches, claiming inadequate education and training. They studied 4 and 6 week medical student clerkships and concluded: “it seems physicians’ and medical students’ education about obesity is often limited…

How Useless Data Entry Started in 1995

I can only guess that someone was trying to convince CMS that medical care was becoming about outpatient chronic and multimorbid care, that even the maximal level outpatient payment would not suffice. Before 1995 we had three levels of billing outpatient visits which all payed less than the 14 and 15. The manual used examples…