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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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Is Your Healthcare a Rip-Off?

Your Healthcare and State Politics One thing our experience with Obamacare to date has driven home is how differently each state in America deals with its healthcare system. It doesn’t begin or end with whether or not they set up their own health insurance exchanges or refuse to expand their Medicaid coverage as Obamacare anticipated. […]

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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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America’s Doctors Need to Look in the Mirror

Doctor, Doctor, Mr. M.D. – What’s Ailing Thee? Doctors in America generally perceive themselves as victims. They’re victims of overly-aggressive lawyers and a litigious culture, of insurance company rules and restraints on their practice of medicine, of government intrusion and non-compliant patients. “Woe is me” is their implicit mantra. This is borne out by a […]

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Wishful Thinking On Healthcare Reform

Healthcare Reform Won’t Come From Within  America’s doctors are being exhorted to assume healthcare reform leadership roles in expediting payment reforms and system transparency. In considering why I find this so unlikely, I remembered a tactless comment I made back in  my days as a regional health planner when presenting my case to a state […]

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Hospital Feeding Frenzy To Hire Docs

What Hospital-Physician Realignment Means For You If you’ve been hit with a hospital “facility fee” for a doctor’s office visit (see “Hospital Scams About To Explode“), you may not be happy to learn that similar medical bill padding lay in store for most Americans. That’s because the hottest thing in healthcare these days is hospitals […]

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Hospital Scams About To Explode

Hospital Facility Fees Facilitate Rip-Offs You may not think you use hospitals very much, but you’re about to pay more for them whether you ever set foot inside one or not. While the nation remains focused on preparatory measures for Obamacare’s implementation next year (see Trisha Torrey’s excellent summation of related issues here), America’s hospitals […]

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Doctors’ Irresponsible Anti-Fat Bias

Doctors’ Anti-Fat Bias Costs Us Dearly A recently published  study compared doctors’ attitudes toward obese patients with the general population’s attitudes toward obesity and found no difference between the two. As the study concluded, “Weight bias among medical doctors is widespread”. The researchers analyzed voluntary self-assessments by the general public and by doctors – 78% […]

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Healthcare Jargon KILLS

Healthcare’s Dark Underbelly They who control our healthcare language control the healthcare conversation – and your healthcare future as well. Our Healthcare Sucks exposes the rampant decline in American medical ethics. Even the good doctors among us have been unable to correct this decline. That’s partly due to their choice to preserve professional etiquette with […]

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Medical Greed’s Newest Poster Boys

Greed Before Need If you’ve read Our Healthcare Sucks, you might think we’ve fully exhausted the examples of medical greed, unethical practices, and conflicts of interest in American medical practice. But we’re not done YET. And neither are our doctors, who keep inventing new and nefarious ways to separate you from your money. “Gimme More, […]

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