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The New York Times Ignores the Free Market

Wow, you are not going to believe this but studies show that Americans are charged more for many healthcare items. Yep. It’s true. Thank goodness the NYT finally revealed that to us: Patients and insurance companies in the United States pay higher prices for medications, imaging tests, basic health visits and common operations. Those high…

Hero Doctor

How crazy is this? Li Wenliang, the doctor in China who was allegedly detained for warning others about the coronavirus before contracting the illness, has died, according to the hospital treating him. Li, who according to the BBC is a 34-year-old ophthalmologist at Wuhan Central Hospital, had claimed that in late December he shared his concerns about the illness via private chat with…

Chill Out

Has the average human body temperature dropped?  Some researchers think so.  Having looked at data spanning 157 years, and adjusting for potential variances in measuring methodologies, they figure our average temp has dropped by about one half of one degree Fahrenheit.  A lot of variables are postulated, including less overall inflammation, different microbial exposures, and improved hygiene…

Non-Buying It

 If physicians have any worth to society, it ought to begin with their telling the truth.  Some of you have read my repeated claim that health care is a thoroughly dishonest industry, and it is.  Our profession is guilty of allowing that corruption to infect and direct us. An old friend of mine who works in an…

It Has to Be You

To establish and maintain a healthy private practice it has to be you patients see in print, but in this day and age social media and Google. How many times have you seen an ad in a magazine…Or A TV commercial…Or any other marketing message and thought “Hmmm…that just doesn’t sound right to me”? The…

Whose License Is It Anyway?

A national story that made its rounds in medical circles is the tragic case of the 19 y/o college student in Oklahoma who died from a pulmonary embolus that was missed by a nurse practitioner (NP). I’ve read multiple comments in multiple forums about how unfair it was that this NP was dropped from the…

Pharmacy Rip-Offs

Generic Prozac is Fluoxetine.  It used to be $100 for 30 pills. Since it became generic, you can get 100 pills from Walmart for about $10.  You can get 30 pills for $4. CVS sent me a fax this past week:  “Your patient wants a drug which is less expensive.  30 pills of Fluoxetine 20mg…