The latest word from the plastic surgeons.

Always seems to be 20, no matter what the situation.

Here are a couple of cases that illustrates the clinical gray area of banning abortion:

Once abortion becomes illegal here physicians will face jail time for caring for these septic abortion patients. So, fingers crossed and let's all hope these patients will be considerate enough to expire before they get to the hospital.

It comes down to campaign contributions, where physicians are being out-donated 7.5 to 1 by lawyers.

Got pagers?

Why you should tie your scrub pants tight.

Respected writer and general surgeon Sid Schwab will be joining the blogging team over at MedPage Today's new blog. Dr. Schwab's Surgeonsblog is a perennial occupant at the top the MedBlog Power 8, and I am thrilled he will also be contributing his witty insights over MedPage Today.

Fascinating exhibit. From the press release:

Inside terrorism is a photography exhibit which uses actual X-rays and CT-scans from the two largest hospitals in Jerusalem to explore the most important social issue of our time: the effects of terrorism on a civilian population.

"Enlargement of Watch in Neck"

There's a whole market for consultants willing to negotiate fees on behalf of patients:

Baker negotiates rates with U.S. hospitals, similar to the discounted rates insurers negotiate. He adds a percentage onto that rate for his own fee, collects the money from the patients, then pays the hospital cash up front before the patient is treated.

Meditation prn

Legitimate, or further invasion of woo in academic medicine?

Increasingly, doctors across the country are recommending meditation to treat pain, and some of the nation's top hospitals, including Stanford, Duke and NYU Medical Center, now offer meditation programs to pain patients.

Fleeing the NHS

So, is this what universal coverage buys you?

More than 70,000 Britons will have treatment abroad this year "“ a figure that is forecast to rise to almost 200,000 by the end of the decade. Patients needing major heart surgery, hip operations and cataracts are using the internet to book operations to be carried out thousands of miles away.
(via Andrew Sullivan)

Medical bills

Do they need to be audited? Errors in itemized bills are rising.

MRSA and the media

Is it time to panic, or media hype?

I will go out on a limb and make another prediction regarding the media's handling of the CA-MRSA epidemic. After a few weeks and after teevee doctor Sanjay Gupta does a heartstring-tugging hourlong special on the germ and its human impact, the media as a whole will drop this slightly gross and decidedly unsexy story like a purulent potato and ...


Adopting a single-payer system would cost so much, it would eliminate any administrative savings that advocates naively tout:

"Administrative" costs, generally speaking, are those not directly funding medical care but instead spent to deliver insurance benefits. Sure enough, on paper Medicare's are about 3% of outlays, compared to 11% to 14% for the private system. But Mr. Zycher notes that a more accurate measure of Medicare's administration would include ...


Continuing scenes from an operating room in Iraq.

Screening for autism

Is it significantly different from what pediatricians are already doing?

Part of any well child visit is screening for developmental delays, so one has to wonder what's different about these recommendations. Are they setting lower limits for what's abnormal so that those mild cases of autism (which some argue aren't really autism or even disease) can be treated? If that's the case, then don't be surprised when a couple ...


A boy is tested for growth hormone deficiency using a routine arginine test. What happened next is tragic. (via Medpundit)

Well, how about free drugs? (via Dr. RW)

I actually agree with his proposal for DTC drug ads. Hell has just gotten a bit frosty:

Edwards believes this isn't enough. And so he's outlined a plan to regulate what he views as misleading drug ads, the Associated Press reports. And to bolster this conviction, Edwards argues that annual spending on such ads nearly has quadrupled to $4 billion in the decade since the government relaxed rules on advertising ...


The Brits aren't taking kindly to Moore's lies:

Unfortunately Sicko is a dishonest film. That is not only my opinion. It is the opinion of Professor Lord Robert Winston, the consultant and advocate of the NHS. When asked on BBC Radio 4 whether he recognised the NHS as portrayed in this film, Winston replied: "No, I didn't. Most of it was filmed at my hospital [the Hammersmith in west ...


The smoking doctor

My, how much things have changed in 50 years.

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