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Not-for-profit Scare

This just in.   A Moody’s Investors report states that “the outlook for the U.S. not-for-profit healthcare sector remains negative as new uncertainties over Medicare and Medicaid funding and the potential for political gridlock onhealthcare reform could worsen the low growth in revenue”.  There are three reasons for this: One is the pressure to acquire physician practices and other providers, in order…

Quote of the Week

There is far more danger in public than in private monopoly, for when Government goes into business it can always shift its losses to the taxpayers. Government never makes ends meet-and that is the first requisite of business. Thomas A. Edison Tweet

Help For Addicts and Doctors?

One one my readers sent this to me: Doug, Here’s a fun link giving hope for a new additive treatment with opioid pain control.  I’m pretty excited because the drug seekers faking dangerous symptoms are really the ones who still wear me down the most at work. I’m already prepared for this to be a…

Oh, By The Way

CNN has some deal with a plastic surgeon named Anthony Youn.  He is a plastic surgeon in metro Detroit who wrote a book called “In Stitches,” a humorous memoir about growing up Asian-American and becoming a doctor.  He had a huge PR company push that book out to the masses (they even paid a little…

Nursing Shortage?

A day after an article came out in the Boston Globe claiming there was a nursing shortage in the state another article came out rebuking the original argument.  Nurses wrote in to say “they have been struggling to find a job for months. In particular, they say, newly licensed nurses are having a hard time getting work”.    So…

Spiderwoman

Let’s lighten it up today.  You think you have it bad?    This lady had an itchy ear for five days.    The doctors realized that a live spider was causing the problem.  Peek-a-boo, I see you! Tweet

The Health of Doctors

Here is a nice piece that came out in The Atlantic.   It shows a mixed report card when grading the health of doctors: The good news first: doctors are good at avoiding risky behavior. Compared to everyone else, they almost never smoke, they rarely drink, and they lack many of the obesity-related chronic illnesses…

RomneyCare

The Wall Street Journal did a recent review of what is going on in Massachusetts.   You may not be able to see the link unless you have a subscription.  Let me review: 79% of the newly insured are on public programs. Health costs will consume some 54% of the state budget in 2012 up from…

Ashamed 731 by Pat Conrad MD

Saying what I actually think of the federal government would probably get me banned from this website, and enlarge what I’m sure is an ample FBI file somewhere.  So I leave it to the reader’s imagination… …Today I renewed my DEA license, you know, the cute little government card that lets me dispense and prescribe…