Tag Archives: Medicine

Is Malpractice Reform a License to Kill?

Malpractice Reforms That Enable Malpractice It appears that many malpractice-prone doctors flee to nearby states that enact laws that purport to “reform” medical malpractice by capping non-economic damages patients may receive. That, at least, is the conclusion of a recent malpractice report in the Journal of Law and Economics. This means doctors guilty of frequent […]

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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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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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A New Year’s Resolution for Smart Patients

Resolve to Be a Smarter Patient With the first deadline for complying with Obamacare’s insurance requirements looming large, it may be hard for many Americans – especially patients in our broken healthcare system – to think about anything else. But the start of this new year may be a better opportunity than most to refocus […]

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It’s Time for Patients to Practice Some Defensive Medicine

Defensive Medicine Should Protect YOU, Not Your Doctors  Defensive medicine is the term used to describe physician practices intended to protect them from medical malpractice lawsuits. Examples include ordering CT scans and other diagnostic tests that are often unnecessary, as well as invasive procedures and hospitalizations that may put their patients in harm’s way. One […]

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Lifestyle or Deathstyle?

The Lifestyle You Choose May Seal Your Medical Future  The term “lifestyle” can be off-putting with its yuppie connotation. But its pervasive use in both medical and lay literature forces us to adopt it as an effective shorthand that captures crucial variables such as diet, exercise, stress, sleep, and toxic exposure. It’s a bit of […]

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When Healthcare Turns Dubious

Healthcare You May Not Need For those who doubt the evidence cited in Our Healthcare Sucks, here’s another example of the arbitrary nature of many medical procedures routinely performed  across America. This one concerns a cardiac procedure called left ventriculography that involves inserting a catheter across the aortic valve to the heart and injecting a […]

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Ten Little Known Facts About Managing Disease

Confusing Health & Healthcare  In Managing Disease Mainstream medicine has proven woefully inadequate at managing disease despite its relative success in treating urgent medical conditions with often life-saving results. This failure to better manage chronic medical conditions helps explain why 75% of America’s healthcare spending is for chronic medical conditions that are largely mismanaged. It’s […]

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