Apparently some punks broke into his home while he was receiving treatment at MGH:

A Vermont-based teenager had been suffered from osteosarcoma, bone cancer in the leg, and was "recovering from surgery" a few hundred miles away from home. Apparently, someone(s) the family actually knew broke into their home while they were obviously away, and proceeded to jack his Xbox 360 as well as "over $1,000 worth of games ...

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Going too far?

SOCIAL workers are placing obese children on the child protection register alongside victims thought to be at risk of sexual or physical abuse.

In extreme cases children have been placed in foster care because their parents have contributed to the health problems of their offspring by failing to respond to medical advice.

The intervention of social services in what was previously regarded as a private ...

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For some reason, there was no such order in the chart. Did the doctor have a choice?

With the increasing amount of diagnostic testing, like bone and thyroid scans, as well as nuclear perfusion studies, more will need to explain why they are setting off radiation detectors.

Saviour siblings

Cases where parents have genetically selected babies to save their children from illness. Medical ethicist Maurice Bernstein wonders if these kids would be loved less.

She duped a fertility clinic to get treatment:

A 67-year-old woman who is believed to be the world's oldest new mother told a British Sunday newspaper she lied to a U.S. fertility clinic "” saying she was 55 "” to get treatment.

People started lining up at 2 am the night before:

Hundreds of people still without health insurance in areas hard-hit by Hurricane Katrina lined up before dawn Sunday for the start of a weeklong event offering free medical care.

Bundled up against the chilly wind, people began arriving at 2 a.m. outside the tents and doublewide trailers offering free care in eastern New Orleans. By the time the first ...

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Kudos to Paul Levy, CEO at BI-Deaconess in Boston, for opening up his salary to discussion.

Recent debate has asked whether health care was a right or entitlement. Emergiblog joins the fray:

Health care is not a right. Health care is a need, like water or food. And like water or food, it isn't free.

Everybody should have health coverage, and each individual should have the opportunity to choose the health care they want from the provider they want.

Every individual ...

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. . . in a livevideo that is.

New Blogger

I was forced to change to the New Blogger tonight against my will.

Please let me know if there are any changes or issues with the blog.

Can P4P be manipulated?

Of course it can - and expect this to happen routinely once P4P is instituted:

A diagnosis which was not really the primary medical issue suddenly becomes number one because of dollars, and a lack of documentation rather than lack of care ends up being construed as a lack in quality. In response to this, hospitals are placing an enormous effort on documentation ("buffing the chart"). Not necessarily a ...

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A 22-year old requests a prostitute and a controversy is touched off:

Nick Wallis, 22, who suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, persuaded staff at Douglas House, in Oxford, that he should be allowed to experience sex before he died, even if it meant paying a prostitute.

The case posed a major moral dilemma for Sister Frances Dominica, the founder of Douglas House, and its ethics committee.


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A lawyer argues that the DEA has too much time on their hands:

In the fictional world of the hit show "24," federal law enforcement agencies are pouring every last resource into the search for a nuclear terrorist in Los Angeles.

In the real world, federal agents apparently have so much free time that they can dress up in bulletproof vests and masks in order to raid clinics ...

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Take a look at the Medicare reimbursement system, and you'll see a potentially dark future if the government is able to negotiate drug prices:

As senators weigh the merits of such an approach, they should keep in mind that the Medicare physician payment system"”a combination of administrative pricing and price controls"”is a mess. It should serve as a warning. Administrative pricing for more than 7,000 physicians' services has failed ...

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This ambulance driver says no.

An AIDS patient takes medical marijuana to treat appetite suppression. He's not happy with the recent raids on clinics.

Good to see the NHS has its priorities straight:

While cancer and Alzheimer's patients are denied life-prolonging treatments on the NHS, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) revealed a plan to offer junkies prizes for staying clean.

A case where a patient died due to multiple handoffs. retired doc criticizes the trend:

We seem to be replacing personal physician responsibility with "systems".

What lessons are being implicitly taught to the house staff? The procedure doc seems to have no post procedure responsibility but is content to delegate care to a NP. In that environment how surprised could you be to learn the intern ...

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