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One important reason why health care is so much more expensive here:
Americans seem to be less willing to take no for an answer and more willing to try almost anything, no matter how expensive or how slim the odds, to prolong life. (The United States is also a fatter, more diverse country with wider income disparity, which gives our medical system a harder task.) . . .
Can it be hope for Merck? The selling point is no weight gain. Trials show a decrease of 0.77 in A1c over 12 weeks.
I wonder why? Hmmm . . . actually, the article does a decent job explaining the obvious reason why there is such little interest in geriatrics. Every single incentive is geared against primary care and geriatrics:
Reimbursement drives doctors' compensation. Gastroenterology, for instance, became more lucrative - and popular - once Medicare, which sets the standard for most other health insurance, began paying for screening colonoscopies. Geriatricians ...
He did the right thing - there's no need for an apology.
Don't let the door hit you on the way out:
Sick. Just sick. That $250,000,000 could fund 25,000 patients' annual health care benefit costs (if one assumes $10,000 per year of fees per patient). Such options transactions hurt our healthcare system and need to be made a felony.
Ridiculous article from the BMJ, showing what we already knew: don't trust industry-sponsored drug reviews.
How Ambien is being used by people who want not to be blamed for their own bad behavior. (via Overlawyered)
keagirl, the blogging female urologist, writes about a few.
Medpundit takes issue with an ignorant insurance company.
Kim with great advice. I've hosted three times - the best tip is not waiting until the last minute. You will receive 50+ posts, and putting it all together can easily take upwards of 4-6 hours. Putting the GR post together as the entries come in worked for me.
Pee and poo never looked so cuddly.
It's a buyer's market for physician jobs. Hospitals not having a hospitalist program are at a disadvantage:
Doctors are satisfied with Coweta's patient base and current hospital facilities, but some are reluctant to make a commitment to Coweta because of Newnan Hospital's lack of a "hospitalist" program, according to Bass . . .
. . . A lack of financial resources has so far prevented Newnan from establishing ...
New terminology in Oregon.
A cardiologist sues a hospital for damaging his rep. The hospital loses. Big time:
A Dallas hospital and one of its top officials were ordered to pay $22.5 million to a cardiologist who claimed they damaged his reputation.
A jury had awarded the doctor $360 million after a 2004 trial, but the judge cut that amount last month.
Dr. Lawrence Poliner said many of his patients ...
There are TVs all over the hospital despite the recommendation that children under 2 should not be watching TV. The hospital says it distracts from sometimes painful treatment:
Before installing the televisions in the new cardiac unit last year, she said, the hospital sought input from patients' families and found overwhelming interest in having television. The parents wanted them not just as a distraction for the children but ...
Caffeine is a drug and can be harmful:
"Young people taking caffeine either to stay awake or for a feeling of euphoria, may actually end up in the emergency department more often than we think," she said, because young adults taken to a hospital for chest pains and heart palpitations are rarely asked if they've taken caffeine supplements.
Newer guidelines suggest starting medications earlier because patients aren't compliant with lifestyle changes:
"We recommend starting patients on metformin immediately," said Dr. David M. Nathan, who directs the diabetes center at Massachusetts General Hospital and is a member of the group that formulated the new guidelines. "Don't start with lifestyle alone, even for newly diagnosed people. Most end up failing the lifestyle recommendations."
He added: "What classically happened ...