Russell Kamer MD

Life is a Checkerboard

One recent morning while rereading Napoleon Hill, I came across this quote. Now, he has it in quotations too, but does not attribute it to anybody else. “Life is a checkerboard and the player opposite you is time. If you hesitate before moving, or neglect to move promptly, your men will be wiped off the…

Free Market Surgery

I thought I was going to read another story about evil insurance companies and why we need socialized medicine. Instead, this clinical vignette makes a great case for the free market as a way to provide good care at a reduced cost. James Schlieper drove five hours from Central Texas to a surgery center across…

Arthritis Foundation Endorses Snake Oil?

NBC reported on new guidelines about CBD released by the Arthritis Foundation. Given that CBD is sold everywhere from gas stations to flea markets, information from a supposedly reputable organization should be welcome.  The Arthritis Foundation started off reasonably enough, saying CBD may help, but there aren’t rigorous controlled studies to confirm this notion. That should have been enough for a prudent…

Let Them Do Water Aerobics

Another day, another article about physician burnout. Today’s solution is water aerobics. Dr. Peter Zwerner, chief medical officer for the physicians group at the Medical University of South Carolina, explained that prancing around in the water fed into “MUSC’s goal of building resilience among doctors.” The doctor exercise program was so important that it was one…

Experimenting on the Vulnerable

It wasn’t just Nazi Germany that conducted experiments on vulnerable people. Right here in America, the infamous Tuskegee study withheld treatment for syphilis was so researchers could study the natural history of the disease, allowing people to die so they could study their autopsies.  Thankfully, we’ve advanced. The World Medical Association developed the Helsinki Declarationprinciples of ethical…

Where Does All the Medicaid Money Go?

The NY Post reported that New York’s Medicaid program over paid managed care insurance premiums by more than $100 million between 2014 and 2018.  “Auditors found that between 2014 and 2018, the state Department of Health made payments for managed-care premiums to 65,961 individuals with multiple client identification numbers. The mix-up stemmed from missing or incorrect…