Tag Archives: health care

Defensive Medicine Makes Us All Sitting Ducks

Defensive Medicine Quackery “Defensive medicine” is the term applied to medical tests and procedures ordered by many physicians in order to protect themselves in the event of a malpractice claim filed by or on behalf of their patients.   These tests and procedures are often not necessary and can lead to further testing and invasive […]

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Healthcare Delusions and Deceptions – Exploiting the Search for Immortality

Are YOU Getting Too Much Healthcare? An essay in the BMJ (formerly British Medical Journal) echoes much of what I report in Our Healthcare Sucks,albeit with far more eloquence and erudition. Entitled “Overdiagnosis: when good intentions meet vested interests”, the author, Dr. Iona Heath – a retired general practitioner – summarizes the ethical, political, and human […]

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Why Less Healthcare May Be Better

When Too Much Healthcare Harms The choice every patient faces with our healthcare system, whether they realize it or not, is which treatment alternative offers them the best balance of risk and benefit. Most of us, however, see only the benefit and seldom seriously consider – or are even made aware of – the risks. […]

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For Your Healthcare, Forget Obamacare and Take Charge Yourself

When it comes to their healthcare, are patients too trusting – or too complacent? There’s a post by Richard Eskow on The Huffington Post today entitled “Healthcare’s Forgotten Crisis, Part 1: Families Can’t Afford Medical Care” that mirrors much of what I write about here, specifically how healthcare is increasingly unaffordable for many Americans and will […]

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Healthcare Investment – Lipstick On a Pig

Healthcare Bloat, Inefficiency & Sheer Corruption There are many healthcare examples of how things go awry when government regulatory functions are co-opted by those they’re intended to regulate. The FDA, of course, jumps immediately to mind. The Medicare pay scale for doctors – called the Relative Value Unit, or RVU,  Scale – in which specialist […]

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Patient, Heal Thyself – Because “Patient Engagement” is Unlikely

Patient Engagement Will Follow The Money “Patient activation” is the new buzzword threatening to replace “patient engagement” – long before many patients have actually been, you know, engaged. Apparently, we no longer bother to to wait for our terminology to take on meaning before we feel compelled to replace it. As it stands, neither term […]

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Healthy Lifestyle Changes Reduce Healthcare Dependence

Healthy Lifestyle Changes Are The Answer  Smart medical consumers know the importance of healthy lifestyle changes. They also know we don’t need to wait for the medical profession or the government to figure out a solution to the chronic disease epidemics that threaten to bankrupt the country. We can take the bull-by-the-horn ourselves with healthy […]

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Medical Uncertainty & Patient Engagement

Medical Lessons From The Trenches So I got the lab results for that colonoscopy exam I discussed in last week’s post (see “Navigating Medical Uncertainty – Disease, Un-ease & Uncertainty“). And while they weren’t a completely clean bill of health, they could have been much worse as well. Having gone on the record about this […]

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Ten Reasons Why Your Health Insurance and Healthcare Cost Too Much

Reassessing Your Health Insurance and Healthcare Needs Healthcare in America, including health insurance, costs up to twice as much as other developed countries. Here’s why… We use twice as much medical care as we need – largely due to deceptive medical “bill-padding”; Our healthcare system is fragmented and poorly coordinated, earning a shoddy 51% efficiency […]

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Navigating Medical Nuance – Disease, Un-ease & Uncertainty

Grappling With Medical Uncertainty  I’m now living in the land of medical uncertainty – as in waiting for lab test results for the eight polyps removed during my colonoscopy yesterday. We all experience this, sooner or later – first for loved ones, then for ourselves. It’s impossible not to consider your own mortality during such […]

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