Support for health courts:

That is why we are advocating the creation of a health court system that would benefit patients and doctors alike. Under this non-adversarial system, decisions would be made by neutral medical experts and injured patients would not be pitted against their health care providers. Doctors would be required to immediately admit and apologize when an avoidable mistake has occurred and would offer the injured patient early ...

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Side job:

The medical license of a Capitol Hill doctor was suspended recently after authorities discovered that he had advertised as an escort on an Internet site.

Earlier this month, the state Health Department's Medical Quality Assurance Commission suspended Kevin Elliott's license for five years.

According to the state medical board's charging papers, Elliott placed an advertisement on an Internet site in January 2005, offering himself as ...

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A homeless man was discharged from the ER to a homeless shelter, where he died 12 hours later:

Monitor reporter Sarah Leibowitz was at the shelter when the 66-year-old Arsenault arrived. Its volunteers and residents were shocked at his condition. He was in hospital pajamas. He could not sit or stand and at times appeared unaware of his surroundings. He died 12 hours after a taxi dropped him off.


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What's up with all the car crashes into medical clinics?

Denied - a Canadian physician only takes patients younger than 55:

In these days of acute doctor shortages, it takes a lot more to get on a physician's list than being first in line when a practice opens its doors.

At age 59, Edith Paulus knows she's not as young as she used to be, but when she responded to a general practitioner's ad for new patients in the ...

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Today's Doctors Gone Wild. A physician slaps an elderly woman in the face.

Tips for a successful malpractice defense. "There's a common saying in the medical community that there are two types of physicians: those who've been sued, and those who will be sued. I would suggest a third category: those who will be sued again."

Never give medical advice outside of an office visit. Not over the phone. Not in the parking lot:

Although Herbert O'Rourke had diabetes, Norma said he often woke at 5:30 a.m. to walk four or five times around nearby Heckscher Pond. So she was concerned when he complained of shortness of breath and chest pains on Nov. 6 after a quick walk to the mailbox.

The ...

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The wrong kidney was removed in an operation in Scotland.

Apparently it's pretty easy to obtain prescription medications online.

The NY Times profiles Dr. 90210.



"Skeptics in the medical profession question everything from Dr. Rey's bedside manner (on a recent show he advised a patient, after giving her breast implants, to 'take care of these babies, I worked hard for them') to the way he rakishly wears a stethoscope "” plastic surgeons seldom use one "” draped around his Italian suit collars.

'Only cardiologists ...

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The drug-trial horror show:

A volunteer who escaped a disastrous medical trial unscathed after being given a placebo has described the horror effect on the other six men.

Twenty-three-year-old Raste Khan was terrified as the others "went down like dominoes".

He told the Sun: "First they began tearing their shirts off complaining of fever, then some screamed out that their heads felt like they were going to explode.

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WebMD is coming under fire for accepting advertising from Philip Morris.

Requiring birth certificates or passports for Medicaid. Robert Centor has strong opinions on this:

This is an interesting issue. Part of the Deficit Reduction Act stipulates that Medicaid beneficiaries must "“prove" citizenship. Proof of citizenship requires either a valid passport or a birth certificate. Now while this standard seems rather easy and straightforward for most of us, consider the average Medicaid recipient. Few have passports. Many have no ...

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Everybody's a winner: A doctor lottery in Canada has lower-than-expected turnout.

The current state of American medicine: "Everyone is at equal risk for poor quality of care."

Michelle talks about doing anesthesia during an organ harvest:

So. About this 3am case. Organ harvest. Basically, brain dead guy, family consented to donate his kidneys, and we were there to collect. It was something I'd never done before, though I'd done anesthesia for the corresponding surgery on the other end of the arrow (the kidney recipient, I mean), and even though I'm all for organ donation--everyone make sure ...

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NYT - the lost art of medical-school pimping:

Does grilling medical students with questions make them into better doctors? For years, many professors routinely peppered students with relevant and arcane queries, often embarrassing them. Things may be gentler today, but the practice, referred to as the "pimping" of students, still has its advocates.

Welcome to the UK. In the land of waiting lists, the NHS causing some physicians not to see patients:

But Mr Penman said appointments had been shunted into the next financial year, by as much as 20 weeks in some cases, in order to reduce the overspend, while doctors, nurses and theatre teams were standing around doing nothing.

He said: "What do you do while you wait ...

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