I would think that Canada can use another doctor. However, he's working in a warehouse, awaiting certification. Nice use of resources.

You're not alone, a physician directories often contain the wrong information.

Some are thinking that their legal strategy is paying off:

Lawyers on both sides agree that Merck's victories, and its stated strategy of trying every case rather than settling any, are discouraging plaintiffs with weaker claims. Already, lawyers for plaintiffs have recently withdrawn more than 300 federal suits, mainly after finding that their clients could not produce adequate evidence that they took the drug.

The answer should still be no, but the UK is having second thoughts:

The new draft maintains that doctors should not use their professional position to pursue relationships, but acknowledges that there might times when dating an ex-patient is permissible - something not covered by the 2001 guidelines.

Not vaccinating your kids is akin to child abuse:

Most parents today have never seen the physical and emotional devastation caused by vaccine-preventable diseases and have a skewed view of the perceived risks associated with vaccines versus the actual risks of the diseases the vaccines are designed to prevent.

Somehow I don't think this is going to work.

She also has a medical blog. (via KidneyNotes)

Better primary care could have prevented almost half of ER visits:

Nearly half of emergency room visits in New Jersey by people who were not sick enough to be admitted to the hospital might have been avoided with primary care, a Rutgers researcher said Wednesday.

Derek DeLia of the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy also found that 31 percent of hospital admissions made through the emergency department were ...

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A primary care practice goes bankrupt in Miami but its affiliated concierge practice remains open:

Even though the university expected Merino's office to lose $50,000 to $80,000 a year, in the past 12 months it was almost $250,000 in the red, said Jerry Broderick, assistant chairman of the university's department of medicine.

"The loss was far greater than what we'd planned for," Broderick said. "Professional fees and patient revenues ...

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This writer wants life to go back to the old (pre-hospitalist) days:

Somewhat reduced length of hospital stays and lower costs are touted by the hospital and health insurance industries--but hospitalists with subspecialties actually raise costs, and I am aware of no studies of overall costs or number of readmissions after the initial hospital stay.

In-house hospitalist programs do not typically pay their own way, and we ...

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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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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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