Wanting the same thing

A survey was recently done by Consumer Reports.

The second most common patient complaint: Couldn't schedule an appointment within a week.

The second most common physician complaint: [Patients] wait too long before making an appointment.

Surely, something can be done here.

Steven Seagal pitching anti-aging cream. Not a joke.

Cardiovert by touch

Scalpel transforms atrial fibrillation to sinus rhythm with a touch of his stethoscope.

A classy "Screw you"

Musings of a Dinosaur hosts a unique writing contest.

From the world's foremost procrastination expert:

Steel has also come up with the E=MC2 of procrastination, a formula he's dubbed Temporal Motivational Theory, which takes into account factors such as the expectancy a person has of succeeding with a given task (E), the value of completing the task (V), the desirability of the task (Utility), its immediacy or availability (Ã) and the person's sensitivity to delay (D).

It ...


Successful treatment of an oral cancer.

In today's WSJ, Benjamin Brewer talks about the effects of the drug-rep ban at his office.

David Williams talks about his Christmas Eve ordeal with the healthcare system. I can't blame the on-call doc for the ER recommendation. Someone over the phone can't diagnose, and maybe it could have been a serious fracture.

I think Mr. Williams falls into the Monday Morning Quarterback trap. Diagnosis is always 100% when done in hindsight.

The difference here is that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas actually took the effort to listen to physician concerns.

A minority view from an anonymous physician:

There actually should be a law protecting expert witnesses from this type of abuse. Also, the theory that expert testimony constitutes medical practice is completely preposterous. The AMA and other physician groups should not be allowed to get away with it. I've tried speaking up about this at some medical meetings, but I now have given up. Most doctors are completely convinced ...


Physicians aren't going to be happy with the 2 percent fee/tax physicians are going to have to pay. KipEquire with more:

Apparently Schwarzenegger is borrowing a page from the Michael Bloomberg book and hoping that living in California is so irresistible (i.e., that demand is so inelastic) that physicians, nurses and other health care professionals won't simply pack up and leave the state, no matter how impossible the ...


Inspiring story:

At the age of ten, Alice Harvey has already forged a reputation as a tough opponent on the squash court.

She regularly beats older players ... many of whom don't even realise that this remarkable competitor has artificial legs.

Alice developed meningitis at the age of 23 weeks. It led to blood poisoning and surgeons had to amputate her right leg below the knee and ...


Physicians are upset about the trivialization of cosmetic surgery:

The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) accused Europa International of "plumbing new depths".

It said the company was using marketing gimmicks to attract customers to surgery abroad.

But John Babbage, co-founder of the Prague-based company, said there was no difference between somebody winning surgery, and paying for it.

The offer of a cosmetic ...


Maybe this will rein in some of the out-of-control hired guns.

This is their second article on medical blogs (first one is here). Impressive how the medical blogosphere has grown since then.

Apparently 10 percent of referrals are men - but for more practical reasons:

"Now, more men are asking for a more rounded, firmly-shaped rear end."

Two years ago, two percent of people asking plastic surgeons about buttock augmentation were male. Now, 10 percent of inquiries are from men. The reason?

"Men are more practicable," Dr. Mendieta says. "Many of these guys have a flat rear which does not ...


Given the current practice environment, is this any surprise?

Low reimbursement rates and loss of autonomy were the top two reasons for poor morale.

Bureaucratic red tape, patient overload, loss of respect and the medical liability environment were among the other reasons physicians cited.

Those work problems caused fatigue in 77% of physicians, emotional burnout in 67% and marital/family discord or depression in about one in three ...


ER physician shortages in Canada are leaving hospitals to consider staffing them with nurse practitioners and paramedics.

A suggestion that polypharmacy be managed by clinical pharmacists, leaving physicians to concentrate on diagnosing.

Sensitive parents are putting up a stink:

Jasmine is one of 139 students at the school who came home last week with a height and weight screening referral letter. Though similar letters went to nearly half of the school's 295 students, Jasmine's mother, Vicki Elliott, said she is unhappy because the letters not only single out easily rattled youngsters for being "fat," it's none of the school's business.

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