A misguided person thinks that his employer-paid health insurance and continuing Medicare coverage is "free":

One gentleman said he never has to pay for healthcare. He gets his for free.

Free? uh-huh "” sure.

I asked him if he works for a living. No, he said he is retired. So I asked him if his employer paid for his medical care and he ...


Apparently, the heat is being turned on him:

So where is the doctor? According to Access, since news broke about the methadone prescription Dr. Kapoor has been unavailable for comment. He cancelled an interview with Access and was captured with his head covered while ducking in to a van in Los Angeles yesterday. His Southern California practice offices had the curtains drawn and the doors locked as well.


Hallmark with cards for specific medical conditions:

Likewise, most cards lining the store shelves don't work on occasions as someone leaving an abusive spouse, undergoing drug rehab or declaring their sexual orientation . . .

. . .'Cancer is a villain who doesn't play fair'
For illness: "Cancer is a villain who doesn't play fair ... but it can't dim your spirit, and it can't silence prayer."


Closure on a case discussed previously.

Hotel concierge doc

Something to keep in mind when traveling. It may be cheaper and more convenient than going to the ER.

Ridiculous red tape preventing doctors from doing their best for incoming vets. (via a reader tip by Hello Mary Lu)

It's fee for service on steroids over there:

At some urban hospitals, the rate of Caesarean sections have risen to more than 60 percent of all deliveries, the Xinhua news agency reported, citing medical experts.

"Caesarean sections earn doctors higher profits so they tend to persuade pregnant women to have the procedures," said a doctor who did not wish to be named.

Bacteria ties

Neckties are known to be bacterial cesspools. Now, you can wear a tie that showcases that!

Could the parents have a financial gain from the diagnosis?

In some states, there is an increasing array of financial incentives to having a diagnosis of autism, such as one's potential eligibility for Medicaid. By contrast, there has been a decided lack of incentives, state insurance, and availability of affordable health programs for the more mundane diagnosis of mental retardation over the same time frame.

The tragic case of the clonidine overdose mentioned previously. Was her diagnosis upgraded to bipolar disorder to increase the services available to her?

Another link from Graham, where someone wrongly advises that you don't have to worry about overdosing from Tylenol.

The Weis trial continues

The plaintiff's expert witness took the stand yesterday:

Defense attorney William J. Dailey Jr. questioned Wittgrove's credibility, saying he had not seen X-rays of Weis until yesterday morning despite being contacted about the case before Thanksgiving. Dailey, who has stated that Hodin acted in the best interests of Weis because of the possibility of a pulmonary embolism, which would have made a second surgery extremely dangerous, also questioned Wittgrove ...


CPR on Grey’s Anatomy

I think the current three-part episode has been pretty good from a dramatic standpoint, shoddy from a medical standpoint - but then we're talking Grey's Anatomy here.

Graham looks at the CPR from last night's episode - the ratio was probably shortened because increasing the frequency of mouth-to-mouth is much more dramatic. Also watching 30 compressions in a row doesn't make for good television.

More foreign-trained doctors are opting for a H1-B, which allows them to practice in urban areas:

Today hundreds of doctors from India, Pakistan and other countries are bypassing the J-1, which gives doctors eligibility for a green card if they first spend three years in an underserved area. Instead, many foreign doctors are securing an H1-B, which doesn't require the rural stint, and are working in the big urban ...


Ideas for reform

Economist Daniel McFadden with some health reform ideas in today's WSJ:

There are a number of reasons for this gathering storm. First, the U.S. population is getting older, and the old require more medical maintenance. Second, we are getting wealthier, and staying alive is the ultimate luxury good. Third, we demand expensive medical innovations, such as dialysis, MRIs, transplants, stents and biotech. About a third of all medical costs ...


Despite criticism, Big Pharma is still displaying the same old ad strategy:

In December alone, an ad for impotence drug Viagra aired at around 9 p.m. during "Prancer," a G-rated movie about a young girl who nurses one of Santa's reindeers back to health; another spot for rival medicine Levitra appeared during an afternoon showing of the comedy "Pee-wee's Big Adventure;" and another for Cialis graced an early-evening presentation ...


Production for the influenza vaccine may have to be curtailed to produce a bird-flu vaccine. Is it worth it?

At Sanofi, Mr. Bernal says making bird-flu vaccine for a potential threat would cut into the company's production capacity for vaccines for seasonal flu, which kills about 36,000 people annually in the U.S. alone. By contrast, the H5N1 strain of bird flu, the one that worries health authorities most, ...


The medical arms race

Like many states, Minnesota is experiencing out-of-control escalation in medical technology. (via Schwitzer health news blog)

Richard Reece takes a look at the jobs page at NEJM and thinks so.

"Best doctor" lists

Simply designed to sell magazines.

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