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mammography perceptions reflect healthcare expectations

Are Medical Advances Always Wise?

Our Healthcare Needs More Zen, Less Spend [ez_date] This week’s New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) has a couple of reports that got me to thinking about how much our healthcare system runs on the fuel of fear – not unlike how much of the Old Testament of the Bible used fear to keep the masses […]

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Is Patient Safety an Oxymoron?

A Cacophony of Crappy Patient Safety News This week finds us with a cacophany of crappy patient safety news – a discordant blend of medical neglect, indifference, and ineptitude that should shake the faith of the most determined pollyannas among us. Let’s dig right in… A recent report from the Joint Commission that accredits America’s […]

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Tainted Medical Evidence Corrupts Evidence-Based Medicine

Corruption In Our Medical Labs I’ve written before on the corrupted state of our medical research (see “Healthcare USA: Biased Research, Bogus Medicine” and, of course, Our Healthcare Sucks). The fact that the big money in medicine is in pharmaceuticals has not been lost on academic medical centers, as seen in the gross commercialization of […]

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Medical Mishigas

 Digital Health, Medical Research and Physician Incompetence A recent issue of The Boston Globe included an interesting juxtaposition of three medical-related articles that combined to paint an unintended picture of what plagues our deeply dysfunctional healthcare system. In no particular order, these addressed… A digital health revolution that hopes to create operational efficiencies in a […]

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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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Navigating Medical Nuance – Disease, Un-ease & Uncertainty

Grappling With Medical Uncertainty  [ez_date] 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 […]

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Misplaced Medical Trust

Medicine’s Double-Edged Sword The following is excerpted from MedSmart Patients – the next eBook in the MedSmart series soon to be released. “Be scared. You can’t help that.                                        But don’t be afraid.”                                                             William Faulkner [ez_date] Assume you’re handed a medical diagnosis that could be a death sentence. What’s your reaction? If you’re like most people, […]

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Healthcare mistakes are often kept a secret

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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Book cover of MedSmart Patients - Navigating America

Navigating America’s Broken Healthcare System

Following Doctor’s Orders (The following is excerpted from MedSmart Patients  – the next eBook in the MedSmart series that will be released shortly.) Most of our attention in America regarding our healthcare has been directed at Obamacare and its political opposite that would repeal it and replace it with more of a free-market and less […]

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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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