Eric Novack tells it like it is. Bravo:

It is difficult to quantify these costs, but the costs are huge. Patients often come in'demanding' an MRI or other test. Accompanied with the demand is almost always the statement'well, I have insurance', and'it is covered and will not cost me anything'. These demanded test and procedures dovetail with CYA costs"”fear of not getting a certain test and ...

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Not surprisingly, she thinks her latest antics are a cry for help:

Britney Spears shaved her head in a desperate bid to make sure she's not hurt by a man again, a leading US psychiatrist has claimed.

Dr Carole Lieberman said the singer's bizarre behaviour - which saw her visit a Los Angeles tattoo parlour where she cut off her hair - is a classic cry for help.


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That, combined with the push for an EHR:

The federal government is pushing for physicians to implement electronic medical records, thus adding to their overhead expense, she said.

"Suppose your overhead was 60 percent and you're going to get a cut of 10 percent," Turner said.

"That entire 10 percent comes out of the 40 percent you were going to take home, so now you're only going to ...

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Doctors to the stars dole out prescriptions like water.

Maurice Bernstein looks further at this ridiculous decision.

The allure of the ER

The promise of tests and an instant diagnosis makes it worth the wait for many patients:

Matilde Fernandez, for example, woke up with a sharp pain in her stomach. At 8:30 a.m., she had called the Brookside Community Health Center in Jamaica Plain, but her doctor, who was working a half-day, was booked. The health center offered her an appointment with another doctor, but she decided to go to ...

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The Year of the Pig

Psychiatrist-blogger Maria over at intueri writes on the tragic Rebecca Riley case:

. . . no one is jumping up to conduct a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blinded study on kids and medications because of all the ethical issues involved (although I recall reading somewhere that Harvard had done something like that"¦ though I can't find the citation now). Would you want your kid (baby sister/brother/cousin/et al.) to receive medications at uncertain ...

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Otherwise known as red carpet dermatology, pre-Oscar cosmetic treatments are big business.

A neurosurgeon charges $10,000 per day for his testimony.

Cash-strapped hospitals in Canada are taking handwashing seriously.

He wouldn't treat the ear infection and sent the child away.

A physician does everything right, yet is sued. The theatrical plaintiff's attorney played a scene from Lord of the Rings, equating doctors to monsters:

Five years later I found myself walking into a courtroom to face charges of medical malpractice. The suit said that because of my negligence, a man had been a quadriplegic for four years and then died of sepsis after a decubitus ulcer became infected. ...

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And are primary care physicians bringing it upon themselves?

Gary Schwitzer thinks so. It's sweeps month after all.

For those who support a "Medicare for all" approach, consider what happens when you have a single entity making all the health care decisions:

The 75% rule is one example of the kinds of decisions that a government sponsored universal healthcare system will make. When one payer (government or non-government) develops a monopoly, their decisions can single-handedly limit consumer choice, prevent physicians from exercising clinical judgment, and decrease quality ...

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An economist promotes less, not more, government in health care:

Some of our politicians hold up the Canadian and British nationalized health care systems as models for us. You can bet that should we ever have such a system, they would exempt themselves from what the rest of us would have to endure.

There's a cure for our health care problems. That cure is not to demand more government ...

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I've always applauded his openness and forward thinking. Many other hospital CEOs would be wise to follow his lead and embrace the openness and transparency offered by blogging.

He wasn't happy with the wait. (via Scalpel)

These videos were uploaded by a family physician from the UK:

Dr Steele told El Reg: "These are videos that I have produced at my own expense to help educate the public. I know for a fact that people find this material very helpful, as they are often provided with minimal support information when they enquire about these procedures."
(via Shiny Shiny)

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