"Plaintiffs' lawyers love it when physicians point fingers at each other. They can just sit back and watch the doctors destroy each other."

Another benefit of a "laborist":

Besides improving patient care, a laborist can lower a hospital's malpractice liability and insurance premiums, says Louis Weinstein, ob/gyn department chair at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.

"If a laborist prevents one lawsuit every five years, he's paid for himself," says Weinstein, who's promoted the use of these specialists.

That's one way to get the point across. (via Orac)

According to this new study (sponsored by mid-wives). Of course, many men will be ok with this.

Which is precisely what happened to Kaiser in the kidney transplant scandal:

Kaiser Permanente's speedy rollout of a vast new kidney transplant program in 2004 overwhelmed regulators with paperwork, putting organs out of reach for hundreds of patients, a newspaper reported yesterday.

She is currently hospitalized with a stroke. I wish her a speedy recovery. (via GruntDoc)

Bad luck:

"My consultant said that I had more chance of winning the lottery than getting breast cancer.

"I just wish I had bought a ticket."
(via The Cancer Blog)

Pharmaceuticals are using old tricks to boost sales:

Coupons, money-back guarantees, rebates and other supermarket-friendly promotions offering '10 percent off,' 'free trial offers' or 'buy six prescriptions, get one free' are now standard marketing tools for many top-selling prescription drugs.

A researcher says that the Fusarium infections are unlikely to come from the Bausch and Lomb contact lens solution.

Google Health

Rumored to be coming next week.

It's because real diagnosis and treatment takes time, something that is not valued here, where volume takes precedence:

What the report has not considered are some of the most obvious differences:

* We die the soonest and are the sickest of First World countries.
* We spend far more per capital on health care than our peer nations.
* But, aha, much of that expenditure ...

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If you want more people to go into primary care, you have to increase salary. Nothing is a stronger incentive for medical students.

The lawyers blamed the suicide on the insurance company for not settling the case.

The debate comes on the heels of the 63-year old who received IVF.

New Hampshire is one step closer to being the first state to keep physician prescribing data away from drug reps:

Lawmakers took a big step Thursday toward making New Hampshire the first state to prevent pharmaceutical companies from obtaining information on which drugs doctors are prescribing.

The state Senate voted 22-0 in favor of legislation sponsored by Rep. Cindy Rosenwald, D-Nashua, who was moved to act by complaints from ...

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For being featured in the ACP Observer.

More on David Blaine's stunt. (via kottke.org)

She vetoes a malpractice bill aimed at helping the ER staffing crisis:

"She's pretty much saying that 'I'm going to stick with the guys that brung me to the dance," and that's the trial attorneys," said Allen, a Republican with whom Napolitano has worked on issues in the past. "There are fewer and fewer doctors who want to serve in the emergency room because they are scared of being sued. ...

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Opting out

More doctors are shunning insurance:

The proportion of physicians who don't participate in managed care plans is rising in a development that may signal a trend toward higher patient costs and less access to doctors, a study to be released on Thursday said.

Kaiser decided to keep organ transplants in-house. They couldn't handle it:

Kaiser's fledging transplant program was unable to handle its caseload, which caused prolonged waiting times and required patients to continue on dialysis, according to the Times.

In contrast with Kaiser's program, in which more patients died than received new kidneys, more than two patients received kidneys for every one that died at transplant centers statewide, the Times ...

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