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More On Employed Docs

Scott Gottlieb says a lot of the things that  I have been saying for years in his WSJ piece entitled “The Doctor Will Not See You Now”.  He blames ObamaCare for a bunch of it but that may or may not be true.    It surely won’t help the situation, however.  I recommend the read.…

Health Benefits Store

Man, it is good to have money because then you do things like this.   United Healthcare opened a health benefits store in New York’s Chinatown in February.  That is their  23rd such store!  These places get about 3000 visitors a month.    The 11,000-square-foot Asian Plaza allows visitors to: Discuss their health care benefits with…

Robo Diss

It turns out that robots aren’t all that great for healthcare yet.   A recent MSN article highlights this: “While there may be some advantages to the use of robotics in complex hysterectomies, especially for cancer operations that require extensive surgery and removal of lymph nodes, studies have shown that adding this expensive technology for…

Super Utilizers

It amazes me that we actually have a label for “frequent flyers” to the emergency room.   Oh, wait a minute, that’s a label too.   Hmmmm.  Anyway,  a small blurb in the Family Practice News states that “two Cincinnati-based research and advocacy groups seek to identify and address the issues behind super-utilizers of emergency…

Stop The Over Testing

I am torn on this.  As a family doctor who also thinks himself as a steward of the healthcare system, I love the idea of a “campaign to fight unneeded tests“.   The first 45 recommendations came out last April.    There are now a total of 135 with the ones below recently added.  …

Who Is Responsible?

A patient taking prescription drugs had attempted suicide. The family blamed his physician.  The patient was on an antidepressant, and unbeknownst to his psychiatrist, he also was taking a narcotic prescribed by an orthopedist. In a drug-induced haze, the man threw himself down a flight of stairs, breaking his neck. Guess what?  The psychiatrist settled.…

Getting Real by Pat Conrad MD

In keeping with the mission statement of this blog, let us acknowledge our esteemed editor’s vision of that medicine which is “authentic”, to include the humorous aspect of the art.  I have a lot of problems with a LOT of that which passes for medicine these days, but I am truly grateful to be involved…

Subtle Innuendoes Follow

Patients lie.  That’s just a reality.  This WSJ article spells it out in detail.  “Common lies include everything from diet and exercise regimens to medication adherence, sexual histories, and taking alternative medicines.”  Over the years, I think I have seen it all.  I have seen a lot of illicit drug use that was only admitted…

Selling Us Down The River

Here is a nice article in Business Week that makes doctors out to be the bad guys in the nurse practitioner battle.   It is the same old, same old.   And without doctors being unified or pushing back, we will lose this battle.   I won’t rehash the same old arguments.  You can read…