Talk about a career change. (via GruntDoc)

It can get pretty bloody.

The assault continues on his credibility. David Catron, Michael Cannon and David Hogberg take their turns.

I did my residency at Boston University, where I'm proud to say had one of the few house staff physician unions. There is no question in my mind that if we were allowed to, physicians should unionize.

Health Care Renewal has more in response to the layoffs happening at Merck:

The union members (largely clerical, administrative and skilled labor) have ensured job security for themselves, ...

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Their sensational, media-grabbing reports on medical errors are eroding trust in the medical profession, which is not always good:

The now famous IOM report on medical errors - To Err is Human had as a goal to improve medical care. The authors, honorable though they are, contributed to decreasing trust in our medical institutions. Many have debated the validity of this report, but few would debate the negative impact ...

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Complaining

Should it be suppressed? Medpundit on patients who complain:

Constructive criticism isn't a fault, but constant complaining for the sake of complaining is. We see this a lot in medicine- patients who refuse or reject every treatment recommendation for a specific complaint but then continue to return with the same complaint. All treatment options have been exhausted, and still the complaints continue. It's usually at that point that ...

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It's about time our professional societies joined the 21st century - I'm still waiting for the ACP to start one. Here's what they say about the upcoming MinuteClinics set to invade Massachusetts:

They could kill our fragile primary care system. Our primary care network is already in crisis. Allowing mini-clinics to skim the easy, less complex patients might be the death knell of primary care, and our ...

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A simple question. So many answers. (via #1 Dinosaur)

John Mack goes to great lengths to explain why. A simpler explanation: this is simply a formulation of two cheap generic drugs into a one expensive brand name medication. Cost is the big reason why.

Pink cupcakes. Peter Rost rips them a new one.

A hospital has to protect its turf, and hires someone to do so:

Garcia, 61, took on one of the most unusual jobs in the hospital industry.

Since he started at White, he has broken up fights, counseled gang members, separated them, and also comforted those who have been touched by the gangsters' violence.

Like a doctor, Garcia is available 24/7, standing by for pages. But unlike anyone ...

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Generic Ambien

Check out the wholesale vs CVS/Walgreen's prices.

Blogiversary



Today marks the start of the fourth year here at Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog.

Over the years, many hot health topics have been covered and endlessly debated, making good on my goal of pulling the curtain back and allowing the medical profession to tell it like it is.

With health care reform in the wings, things are bound to get even more heated, ...

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Crisis in Alaska. It's ready to spread to the rest of the country if Medicare reimbursement continues to be cut. (via Medpundit)

Are interventional cardiologists getting nervous?

John Tierney looks further at the decisions by the jury in the Hurwitz trial:

But these jurors bought the prosecution's argument that medical negligence was a crime. They decided that a doctor's role as a drug cop was so important that even if he had no criminal motive, he should be sent to prison if a group of laymen looked over his records and decided that they would have ...

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Accomplia Zimulti

The US trade name for rimonabant, which the WSJ says "seems to promise a mysterious Italian delicacy "” 'We'd like the Zimulti with clams, please.'"

A pharmaceutical company is having doctors try an "MS simulator", to help physicians empathize with the symptoms of multiple sclerosis. John Mack sees right through this and exposes a marketing ploy.

Specifically Gardasil, where physicians are passing on the costs to patients:

"This is a national issue that is affecting lots of people," said Benjamin Gitterman, president of the D.C. chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. "It's a matter of cash flow," Gitterman added. Some insurance companies are paying doctors $122 per shot -- just $2 more than the price doctors pay for a dose of Gardasil -- an ...

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UnitedHealth is not alone. The psuedo single-payer VA system also gives undeserved bonuses to executives as well:

The Department of Veterans Affairs paid bonuses of more than $335,000 to some top North Carolina VA hospital managers during years they received reports of poor patient care and suspicious deaths, according to a newspaper report. Executives at the VA hospital in Salisbury, along with regional managers in Durham, received bonuses in ...

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