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Doctor Shortage: Short Doctors

This article (1) is not about short doctors under 5’10”, it’s about a shortage of primary care physicians (PCP). Sources indicate: “The United States will see a shortage of up to nearly 122,000 physicians by 2032 as demand for physicians continues to grow faster than supply, according to new data published today by the AAMC…

Insurance Companies Shenanigans

A lot of insurance companies now have physicians on their payroll. Their job is to review charts and then call their peers in clinical practice to tell them what treatments cannot be covered and what alternatives are available to them. This is for the sole purpose of denying coverage for certain medications and procedures. Last…

I Want My Slice of the Pie: Rationing of Health Care in the United States, An Inevitable Consequence of Increasing Health Care Costs

The bottom line up front (BLUF): “Following the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), much of the national discussion was focused on expansion of coverage and value in health care, but new concerns about rationing of care are emerging.” And who do you think this is going to affect? That’s right, the have not’s. In a recent…

Psychiatric Patients are NOT Mentally Ill Monsters

I will admit that I have spent the last three years rather displaced from current events, especially in regard to politics, as I have let medicine consume my life. However, when politicians begin broadcasting televised statements that have the potential to harm the patients I feel for most deeply, I have to pull my head…

The Target on Your Back

The Physician Philospher blog has a good article on why physicians seem to be targets for unscrupulous financial products-from brokers, insurance agents, and more https://thephysicianphilosopher.com/2018/08/15/financial-target/ The author points out five reasons why physicians seem to be easily bilked: They make high incomes They don’t know much about business and investing They are too busy to research…

Cirque D’Erreurs

Many years ago, and old timey surgeon told me a hilarious story.  After his intern year, he did a tour in the Navy, where the duty was often easy and the docs could do practically anything they wanted.  So lounging around the clinic one day, he go an interesting request:  a strapping, tall 19 year old marine decided…