KevinMD posts of the week, June 26, 2011

Here are the top posts from this past week, based on the number of times they were viewed.

1. 5 strategic tools to solve our healthcare woes. The way things are going now—with the economy wheezing, doctors bailing, chronic disease rising fast, boomers sliding out of the Viagra years into the Depends years, reimbursements getting squeezed ever tighter, Medicaid sputtering on fumes, and 30 million or more new people soon swarming our doors with insurance cards—if we don’t pull a rabbit out of a hat real soon now, we’re in serious trouble.

2. Why physicians are not wealthy. “Money talks. Mine just says goodbye.” A physician client of mine once grumbled to me. He is in good company.

3. How far should hospitals go to treat obese patients? Patients need to take some basal level of responsibility for their own health. If you’re saying that you got to be 850 pounds due to a “glandular problem,” you’re blowing smoke.

4. Medical practice career choices commonly become medical business failures. Never in the history of medicine have doctors faced such a ruthless gauntlet of threats, financial debts, and practice restrictions than they do today.

5. Why the AMA is in decline, and should doctors care? The AMA may not be every doctor’s cup of tea, but it’s the best voice we have. And that is better than no voice at all.