Doctors who continue to do this are akin to gamblers.

It worked. 15 physicians responded to the recruiting ballad.

So-called "mystery shoppers" are secretly taking notes about waiting room service:

The note-taker is a mystery shopper, one of a new breed of hospital employees in Boston and nationwide who secretly watch fellow workers to see whether patients are treated courteously and helpfully.

ER boarding

Overecrowding has led to an increase in boarding (the practice of treating patients in the ER hallways):

The group sent a 10-question survey about boarding to its 2,821 members in New York State, New Jersey and Connecticut. In New York, 28.2 percent of those responding said they "personally had experience of a patient dying as a result of boarding."

In Connecticut, 16.2 percent of the doctors responding said ...


More from the case at Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital last month:

In the 40 minutes before a woman's death last month at Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital, two separate callers pleaded with 911 dispatchers to send help because the hospital staff was ignoring her as she writhed on the floor, according to audio recordings of the calls.

"My wife is dying and the nurses don't want to help ...


Lawyer drug ads

DTC ads are ok, but Big Pharma is taking exception to lawyers' ambulance chasing ads:

But there's more than a little irony here. For years, drugmakers have been criticized for ads that minimize risks, and push consumers to ask docs for scrips. The issue is so contentious that Congress is weighing limits on DTC advertising. But when lawyers run ads - well, that's a problem.

For those wanting "free" health care - you get what you pay for:

Providing the high level of medical care that is expected by the American public is not cheap. Attempts to nationalize, socialize, quasi-socialize, or we-swear-we're-not-going-to-socialize will do nothing to lower costs unless medical care is strictly and severely rationed.

Physicians are encouraged to tell it like it is when dealing with child obesity:

The recommended terms cut to the chase, at least medically, but don't mean that doctors should be insensitive or use the label in front of every patient, he said

"We need to describe this in medical terms, which is'obesity.' When we talk to an individual family, we can be a little more cognizant of ...


A JAMA study suggests that race matters:

What Popescu found was that that black patients were less likely to receive invasive, aggressive treatments following a heart attack -- procedures like bypass surgery or receiving an artery-opening stent.

Rising Cesarean section rates and how lawyers like John Edwards are the root cause.

The NY Times with a profile. Unsurprisingly, they lack corporate support:

Not surprisingly, Cafepharma lacks corporate fans.

Pfizer, the subject of the site's most popular bulletin board, declined repeated requests to discuss Cafepharma. Shreya Prudlo, a spokeswoman, said that Pfizer monitored every "communication channel" that reached its constituency, and that each needed to be "viewed based on their accuracy and integrity."

Medtronic, which has the busiest Cafepharma ...


Health care secrets

A panel of anonymous doctors tells all:

How can a patient get a doctor to really pay attention?

Dr. Heart2: You say, "You know, I've heard a lot about you, I've heard you're a great doctor, and I'm really glad that I finally got a chance to come see you." Something like that. That sets things up extremely nicely. Even if it's a white lie.

Dr. Baby: ...


More exaggeration of their successes:

The Department of Veterans Affairs continues to significantly overstate its success in getting patients to see doctors for timely appointments, according to a draft report obtained by McClatchy Newspapers.

Although VA officials told Congress earlier this year that 95 percent of appointments are scheduled within 30 days of a patient's requested date, the true number is about 75 percent, according to the analysis by ...


One reason why traditional medicine is so slow to adopt blogging and other Web 2.0 technology:

Some have commented on a slide in my presentation about this topic contrasting disruptive Web 2.0 values such as risk taking opposing health care values, risk adverse. The interesting thing is that good medical practice by nature is collaborative and should embrace Web 2.0. But the conservative side of medicine will continue ...


Doctors are suing personal injury attorneys for defamation:

Being labeled a P.I.M.P. for the insurance industry by Palm Beach County trial lawyers didn't sit well with Dr. Michael Zeide.

Grabbing a weapon from the lawyers' arsenal, the orthopedic surgeon sued the Palm Beach County Justice Association, accusing the group of trying to ruin his reputation.

Although that lawsuit could have been written off as the action of one ...


Hospitalized patients in Canada are being charged if they don't accept the nursing facility they are being sent to. (via The Medical Quack)

Doctor as patient

A physician in the UK is diagnosed with lung cancer, and sees the pros and cons of the NHS first-hand.

They reverse course from their "stunning display of ignorance regarding how medicine is practiced."

Insomnia costs

Just over $3,200 an employee, or almost $20 billion a year when considering the United States civilian workforce.

The fact that there are hearings at all is nothing short of a public health disaster.

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