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Orac takes us through a call night of an academic surgeon.

It shirks its payments and now picks on hospitals serving the poor:

The trouble began in 2004 when Oxford agreed to a new contract that increased the rates it paid the hospital, then continued to pay the old rates for more than a year, according to both Jamaica and the New York State Department Center.

That cost the hospital tens of millions of dollars, but the loss is ...

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This must put him in an awkward position:

According to the lawsuit, Patty Phillips went to the hospital's emergency room March 19 with extreme abdominal pain. Her husband said he was certain it indicated a serious intestinal problem that required immediate surgery.

Instead, he asserted in the lawsuit, she spent hours in a bed without standard monitoring machines in a storage area outside the hospital's radiology unit before she ...

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Having such as fully-developed third arm is rare:

Neither of the boy's two left arms is fully functional and tests have so far been unable to determine which was more developed, said Dr. Chen Bochang, head of the orthopedics department at Shanghai Children's Medical Center.

It is because of the jury's unpredictability that leads to payouts and settlements:

The trial bar desperately wants the unpredictable nature of a jury to remain in the equation. Even though most cases that make it to court are won by the physician, the unpredictability of the outcome encourages physicians and their insurers to agree to a payment for an alleged error, even though in some cases the ...

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Hospitals seem to think so.

And I thought I was young when I graduated medical school. Not compare to these siblings:

When Sugar Land siblings Shilpa, Shinil and Shiwan Shah moved across country for medical school, they were just 16 and 17 years old. Their mom came along, cooking meals and caring for them while they studied at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-School of Osteopathic Medicine.

The three ...

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Must be read to be believed:

Four times, Dr. Frank Bonnarens was sued for malpractice, and four times, the lawsuits were dismissed.

So after a fifth suit was filed and later dropped, the Louisville orthopedic surgeon fought back -- filing his own suit against the moonlighting state government attorney who had sued him in the fifth case . . .

. . . But the president of the ...

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Think the lawyers were tugging on any heartstrings?

Given her condition since the 2000 procedure, the woman offered her husband a divorce -- a man she met on a blind date, just a day before he left for the Vietnam War.

She told him she'd understand if her husband of 35 years, the father of their two children, the one who sent "Love Is ..." cartoons with all ...

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I've ragged on Forbes before for their health "advice", but here's a good one:

Here's another tip: If you don't require emergency care, make an appointment with your doctor. Using the emergency room for routine medical care is a good way to start sinking into debt.

"You might get charged $1,000 for walking in the door," Cecere cautioned.

Meet John E. Curran: "Curran claimed to be a physician and 'natural healer,' a doctor who treats diseases with natural agents like air, water or sunshine."

Amazing story:

A top New York heart surgeon who was doing a mercy-mission operation on an 8-year-old boy in El Salvador had to scrub out in the middle of the procedure so he could donate his own rare-type blood to the patient.

Dr. Samuel Weinstein said he had his blood drawn, ate a Pop-Tart, returned to the operating table and watched as his blood helped the boy survive the ...

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Healthcare blogger analyst Fard Johnmar gives his take. Thanks for the shout out.

Sailorman rebuts my thoughts on the recent Studdert malpractice study:

A trial is much like a diagnostic test, actually. In general use, you don't do a test because you KNOW there is something wrong, you do a test because you WANT TO KNOW if there is something wrong, or because you THINK there is something wrong.

Similarly, you usually don't sue when you know all the facts ...

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Arkansas has a $1 million cap: "A lot of cases that use to get filed that didn't have merit simply have not been filed."

A tragic outcome, but the need to blame someone has got to end. The hospital is not responsible. The court agreed. The risk of HIV and other viruses are on the informed consent sheet before any blood transfusion.

Or, as Matthew Holt point out, the best as protecting profits:

Insurance companies make money off the float"”always have. So it's in their interest to be at the bottom of the list until either they get fined by the state (as happened to United in Arizona lately) or they get sued by medical associations.
Shameful.

She made up the allegations about sexual misconduct:

A woman who accused her doctor of molesting her and having his identical twin impersonate him to assault her must pay the doctor $2.8 million because she fabricated the allegations, a judge ruled . . .

. . . "The contradictions and inconsistencies in Ms. Saldivar's testimony were some of the most pronounced this court has ever seen," Stolz wrote Wednesday.
The ...

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The so-called "sleeper effect" in kids:

Children who light up just once are twice as likely to become steady smokers later.

British researchers report that, among 11-year-olds, the desire to smoke can lie dormant for more than three years after trying just one cigarette.

The researchers call this a "sleeper effect," and it doubles the risk that a child who smokes just one cigarette will become a regular ...

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Most will learn this important public health information from the drug company:

The scientists and researchers who made and tested these incredibly promising vaccines will probably not be deciding the best way to educate men and women about cervical cancer, or how to plan for affordable global distribution that is now, more than ever, the right thing to do.

Regrettably, some of those decisions have already been made ...

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