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Look Familiar?

Training, Tax Credits Among Ideas to Solve Pilot Crisis.  That’s the title of the article in the WSJ.   The story is the same as the one doctors are going through.  Here are the highlights if you can’t read it: A looming U.S. airline pilot shortage is prompting novel proposals for expanding participation in flight-training…

Was It Worth It?

Linds Redding, a New Zealand-based art director who worked at BBDO and Saatchi & Saatchi, died last month at aged 52 from an inoperable esophageal cancer. His blog on perspective in life as got a life of its own.  The parallels of his profession and the medical profession are extraordinary. It is IMPOSSIBLE to read…

Virumax

Virumax was the name of the fake drug we parodied in the Placebo Journal. Five days of nothing that really does nothing for your virus.  The bottom line is that people who go to the doctor want something for the effort.  They do not like hearing “it’s just a virus”.  A recent article talked about…

Does My Ass Make My Ass Look Fat?

Have you heard of the tube feed diet?  That is what a receptionist, where I work, recently asked.  I thought it was a joke.  It was not. The K-E Diet has doctors putting feeding tubes into healthy people – usually young women before their wedding days – to help them lose weight: Up to 20…

And So It Begins

Every action has a consequence.   Business owners have complained about Obamacare from the get go.  Now we have this: Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter said he plans on passing the costs of health care reform to his business onto his workers. Schnatter said he will likely reduce workers’ hours as a result of President Obama’s…

Forced Expansion

Here is an article in the American Medical News talking about how Oklahoma is dealing with whether to expand Medicaid or not.    As you know, this was part of the ACA but left up to the states after the Supreme Court decision.  Here are some high points that I gleaned from the piece: With…

Doctors in the House

Patients over the years (and even still today) ask me why I don’t go into private practice.  They don’t understand that it is almost impossible to do it.   Other than concierge care, which is my dream, there are very few doctors who have been successful working with insurance companies.  How sad is that?  Even…

Quote of the Week

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t…