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Can You Say No to Your Doctor?

“Thanks, Doc, But No Thanks” I’ve recently had opportunity to decline medications recommended to me by two different doctors. Doing so once didn’t set off any triggers, but after the second time it occurred to me that maybe I ought to write something about it. How often do we get to practice what we preach, […]

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Doctor-Centered Healthcare

Healthcare’s Archaic Delivery Model  Much of the failure of our healthcare system lies in the office-based “medical model” itself – doctor-centered, transaction-driven, intervention-oriented, and largely unaccountable.[1] The shortcomings of this archaic model have become more evident with its failure to stem the growth in chronic diseases like diabetes and obesity. Even reductions in heart disease […]

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Is Your Doctor On the Take – or On the Make?

Doctors’ Profits Drive Many Treatment Choices The latest edition of The New England Journal of Medicine  (NEJM) reports on a study comparing the use of expensive Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) for early-stage prostate cancer by doctors owning their own IMRT equipment with those who don’t. This practice of physicians buying expensive technologies for their group practices […]

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Your Doctors’ Dirty Little Secret

What’s Up, Doc? It’s difficult for many of us to accept that our doctors often put their own financial interests ahead of our safety and financial security. Some readers may even get defensive about it – especially, of course, doctors themselves. Not all of them, of course. The good ones know this doesn’t apply to […]

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