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Machines kept the patient's blood circulating, as he awaited a transplant.

A hospital sues a patient

A mosquito bite costs a patient $2.5 million in medical care. Despite health insurance, he still cannot pay his hospital bills.

Chris Rangel wonders whether medical school contains too much harassment and belittlement.

The good life

Can concierge medicine be this good?

A nurse kills a home intruder with her bare hands.

Quite a lot, explains Slate:

Doctors find retained foreign bodies in both smugglers and recreational body-packers. One experienced pleasure-seeker told an online body modification magazine that it took two years of training before he could accommodate a wine bottle"”which is about three inches wide. (Now he can handle 4-inch balls.)

Watch for debris

A patient is killed in her hospital bed when a rock that crashed through the roof hits her head.

A physician loses a malpractice case due to a known complication:

At trial, Wagner, OHSU's lawyer, told the jury that Ackerman's injury was a known risk of the surgery, and Ackerman had signed the consent form acknowledging that his doctor had educated him on complications.
But of course, "money was never the issue."

A physician responds to an editorial in PA:

But defending cases costs an average of $50,000 - even if it never gets to court. These costs, initially paid by the insurance companies, are passed on in premium increases to doctors and hospitals. And the cost of staggering jury awards, also paid by insurance companies, is passed on in premium increases to ALL doctors, even if negligence is found in only ...


An editorial on Michigan's Medicaid payments: "Make it a bad business and everyone pays more in the end."

The patient was bipolar and schizophrenic and leads to the question of whether some patients should be seen alone.

A drug to help premature ejaculation.

And the battle lives on.

They would spend more time researching car and computer purchases. Most wouldn't change their habits even if price and quality information were available.

By going retail: "I really didn't spend 12 years in school to sell glasses, but that's half our income right now."

Opportunities are arising as medical schools try to improve medical students' interpersonal skills.

He actually sees some good in this, damn the USPSTF:

Others see these tests as tools for health-conscious people who want them more often than their doctor orders. Dr. Bruce Friedman is a pathologist.

"As a physician, I'm very enthusiastic about this form of testing," Dr. Friedman said. "I think any kind of testing that allows consumers to take more ownership over their healthcare status is important."
And ...


Errors beget errors

Physicians who believe they committed medical errors are more prone to burnout and depression, which increases the risk of future error.

As time pressures increase for PCPs, expect more of this to continue. It takes less time to give an antibiotic than it is to counsel and test:

About 14 percent of U.S. children visit a health professional at least once a year for serious sore throat, and over two-thirds of these are prescribed antibiotics, according to a survey by HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

But the ...