They're saying it will become worse before it gets better:

For whatever reason, more people are waiting to see a doctor until they can't wait any longer. Then they hit the emergency room.

"The patients we are seeing are very sick," said Becky Gab, operations director for the emergency department at Tulane University Hospital and Clinic.

About half the people who come to the hospital's ER end up ...

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The NH Board of Medicine coming out of this looking indecisive, and will be the subject of countersuits by Dr. Bennett:

The state Board of Medicine yesterday voted 4-2 to dismiss three complaints against Terry Bennett, the Rochester doctor who came under fire for comments that offended three patients.

The board also decided not to appeal a Merrimack County Superior Court judge'Â’s decision blocking the board from continuing disciplinary ...

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The NEJM publishes a study using 3 simple predictive rules:
The predictive rule recommended termination of automated external defibrillator and basic life support efforts when there was no return of spontaneous circulation, no shocks were administered, and the arrest was not witnessed by emergency medical services personnel.

Using that predictive rule, 776 patients were recommended for termination of which four survived (0.05%), which was significantly lower (P=0.04) than the ...

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Click here to make the site look like a Word document. (via kottke.org)

Patients are losing out:

"One doctor in our office, he's 75, he's retiring. His patients are coming to the front desk, crying, because they can't find another doctor. ... He had 90 percent Medicare patients. We're taking some, but I can't possibly take them all."

He apparently gained some weight. I analyzed last year's physical here.

I couldn't have put it better myself:

For the lawyers and people like me, a lawsuit is just another part of our work, but for most people, it's a life-wrecking experience. Nurses are terrified. Doctors can't sleep. Their hard-earned reputations are trashed by newspapers quoting plaintiffs' lawyers, who paint deceitful pictures of the doctors' incompetence and negligence. The doctors are forced to hire defense lawyers who eat up ...

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A tragic case, and in the end the patients lose:

We often contend that America needs a better system for dealing with dangerous doctors, instead of "jackpot justice" litigation that makes lawyers millionaires. Perhaps impartial adjudication could compensate for injuries at much lower cost. But as long as officialdom doesn'Â’t head off such practitioners, and no better method is created to resolve their outrages, the risk of bankrupted hospitals ...

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No wonder the problem isn't going to go away soon:

About 40% of obese people also said they do vigorous exercise at least three times a week, the telephone survey found.

"There is, perhaps, some denial going on. Or there is a lack of understanding of what does it mean to be eating healthy, and what is vigorous exercise," said Dr. David Schutt of Thomson Medstat, the Ann Arbor-based ...

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They even suggested introducing gangrene to justify the amputation:

Three doctors are being investigated by Indian medical authorities for offering to amputate beggars' healthy limbs so that they attract more money.

They were secretly filmed by the news channel CNN-IBN apparently offering to remove a leg for £120 and were said to be colluding with the crime gangs that control begging in cities.

One doctor, from a government ...

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They should be rewarded instead:

Ipswich Hospital, in Suffolk, which is more than £16m in the red, accidentally breached an agreement to ensure all patients had similar waiting times.

Ipswich Hospital agreed with the East Suffolk Primary Care Trusts, which fund treatment, that patients should wait at least four months for treatment.

However, doctors had treated patients inside that time and the trust refused to pay the ...

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The ultimate direct-to-consumer approach. (via PharmaGossip)

They allowed themselves to be bullied for the sake of profits.

Men who breastfeed



Bizarre. (via Fat Doctor)

And will he use this as an excuse for his tirade?

It took 3 days before the mistake was noticed:

A physician assistant and a nurse present during the surgery said the surgeon "was working in the exact location you would expect...(the gallbladder) to be located," according to the DPH'Â’s investigation report.

However, the patient had a lot of internal inflammation and an unusual internal anatomy, which made the surgery more complex, Muller said.

"From a medical standpoint, absolutely ...

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That's gratitude for you:

Police say they found a suicide note in Edeen's pocket in which the shooter complained about bad doctors in Nevada.

Ostrowsky, a 55 year old endocrinologist, was hit in the neck, jaw and shoulder. He has a bullet lodged dangerously close to his spine, but he survived the shooting and he thinks there's a reason for that . . .

. . . Edeen ...

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Hospitals and physicians' offices want a piece of the action:

The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday examined how an increased number of traditional health care providers -- "driven by the threat of new competition, the opportunity to recruit new patients" and quality of care issues -- have begun to compete with and enter agreements with retail clinics -- low-cost, walk-in facilities often located in supermarkets, pharmacies and large retail stores. ...

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A duodenal ulcer is a leading possibility.

She certainly has her enemies:

"This idea that money is evil and academia is made up of saints is nonsense," Dr. Stossel said. "Some of my vaunted academic colleagues would run their grandmothers over." He favors disclosure, too, he said, but journal editors "have acquired halos and become arbiters of scientific morality."

"There's this myth that if Mother Teresa, the Dalai Lama and Catherine DeAngelis got up and ...

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