Great idea, but there's no way to enforce this:

West Virginia families served by Medicaid could face a reduction in benefits if they refuse to sign contracts promising to show up for doctors' appointments and to use the emergency room only for emergencies.

Well, that's what happens when profits takes precidence:

Tardiness or refusal to pay what doctors consider legitimate medical claims may add as much as 15 to 20 percent in overhead costs for physicians, forcing them to pursue those claims or pass along the costs to other patients.



It has been shown to help with Alzheimer's disease:

Named the world's most soothing robot by Guinness World Records, the robot can express emotions and react sensitively to humans by cooing, moving delicately and opening and closing its eyes. It looks happy when patted on the head and gets angry when ignored. Paro has been shown to help people suffering from Alzheimer's disease and mental disorders by reducing ...

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I was reading this piece in the Boston Globe about a new malpractice proposal. Of course, Studdert's malpractice findings are trotted out:

A study released by the Harvard School of Public Health earlier this month found that about 40 percent of the medical malpractice cases filed in the United States are groundless. Many of the lawsuits analyzed contained no evidence that a medical error was committed or that the ...

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. . . to almost 30 percent of practicing physicians. Want to boost membership? How about reducing the ridiculously high annual fee, or making AMNews free again. You're welcome - no charge for that advice.

People in jail often get better health care than those on the outside:

"These people may have neglected their own health on the outside, but once they get in here they develop all kinds of ailments," Hertz said. "The ailments may just be outlandish, but we can't afford to tell them they're crazy. We have to err on the side of caution because if they really are sick, and we ...

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He does heart surgery on gorillas during his spare time:

Frist, at heart, is a doctor. At 5:45 a.m., before a recent Senate workday, he prepared for a quirky slice of surgery. During congressional breaks, Frist, 54, has been known to fly to Africa to operate. But in Washington, he has quietly cultivated another practice: gorillas at the National Zoo.

"These gorillas seem to develop heart disease," said ...

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This editorial essentially sides with the physicians regarding their letter against homeopathy in the UK, but says they're too mean:

Where the 13 medical scientists went wrong yesterday was in their tone. The NHS is supposed to be seeking to become patient-centred, under which there is "shared decision-taking". Medicine aims to become a team effort. And scientists are in urgent need of more public support. All this will only ...

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I'd be curious in hearing an OB's opinion on this case:

A jury in New Brunswick has awarded a North Brunswick couple $14 million to help them with the long-term care of their 5-year-old son, who was born with a genetic birth defect that will require him to have blood transfusions the rest of his life.

The jury deliberated less than two hours on Friday after hearing evidence ...

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A 17-year old dies after a tonsillectomy:

Irene Triplett's lawyer, Bruce Fagel, said that Lee ordered the nurses to give Versed, a sedative, to calm Gomez before surgery. At the post-anesthesia care unit, Gomez was given two injections of two milligrams of morphine. The injections were 10 minutes apart, Fagel said. The morphine was given because a nurse thought Gomez was in pain because he was "moaning." Those drugs caused ...

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Similar in concept to an airplane's black box, can this be coming soon?

Doctors attending a medical conference in Tobago have been told of a new device, called a "medical black box," capable helping doctors improve their surgical skills and of detecting malpractices in operating theatres.

"The black box or clinical data recorder will allow data to be recorded and lead to improvements in patient care." said Pro. ...

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It looks like this marketing campaign for an urgent care clinic didn't go too far.

Update:
The link is fixed.

There have been some high-profile deportations recently:

Some Toronto doctors are calling on the federal government to ease up on deportations after recent high-profile removals appear to have spooked many illegal migrants into cancelling appointments at clinics serving the uninsured.

This has been discussed before here. This is a fantastic idea:

Drexel University in Philadelphia is offering a new "mini medical school" for trial lawyers to learn about their clients' conditions.

The program, offered through a partnership between the university's medical and law schools, is sponsored by the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association and the Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel.

The program is designed to help trial ...

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Japanese car companies are not letting health costs for retirees bankrupt them.

Perhaps this speaks more for the nursing shortages in the country:

Nearly one in four older hospitalized patients received a urinary catheter without any medical reason for one, and these patients tended to be the ones who would need the most help going to the bathroom if left un-catheterized, said Seth Landefeld, M.D., of the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center here.

Apparently, both kidneys were on the patient's right side.

Doctors only want the NHS to fund evidence-based therapies. Makes sense to me:

In a letter, reproduced in the Times, they raised concern the NHS is backing "unproven or disproved treatments", like homeopathy.

One doctor said the NHS was funding "bogus" therapies when patients struggled to get drugs like Herceptin.

He restrains an unruly passenger on a plane:

Dr. Robert Rey, a plastic surgeon who practices martial arts, told The Associated Press he got out of his seat and intervened when he heard the man make a "big noise" as he pushed a female flight attendant toward the cockpit.

"When you get a black belt, at that stage your brain just clicks into action," the doctor said. "I ...

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Thanks Mr. Studdert for giving us the study that highlights the glaring flaws of our malpractice system. No matter how it is spun, the numbers clearly speak for themselves:

Finally, the fact that payment was made in 19 percent of claims with little-to-no evidence of error and 32 percent in a slight-to-modest evidence of error is evidence enough that the tort system is woefully inadequate from the physician's ...

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