The Schiavo case illlustrates the importance of advanced directives

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A pediatrician was sued for prescribing medication without seeing the patient
"Dr. Gustave Kreh is doctor at Pediatric Associates of Savannah. He's treated kids like Gabrielle for almost 30 years. He used to think nothing of calling in a prescription for something minor, but not any more.

'It has to be a case-by-case basis, but we will be very hesitant to call in a prescription without seeing a ...


A cardiologist implanted a pacemaker he bought on eBay
"Advanced Cardiac Specialists, a statewide physicians practice with offices in the East Valley, bought two pacemakers on eBay for $411, according to Sacramento, Calif., police and medical board records. The devices are worth about $6,000 each."

A reporter reflects in the doctor's waiting room
"In the doctor's office, you always have to wait your turn. So you learn to make the best of the time in a quiet corner of captivity."

The Bioethics Discussion Blog advises not to mix medicine with politics in the Schiavo case
"If the U.S. House and Senate agree on a law which President Bush signs tomorrow which will permit the family of Terri Schiavo to attempt to overturn 7 years of detailed and consistent judgments in the Florida courts by starting the whole process in the federal courts, does everyone realize what the consequences of this ...


Why a doctor chooses to serve as a plaintiff's expert

"If people tell you tort reform isn't important, don't believe them. The contrast between practicing in a highly litigious area versus a low one is incredible."
"While I knew it was taking a toll on my life and affecting my practice style, I had no idea how much until I got out here. Using my clinical judgment without the threat of second-guessing and Monday-morning quarterbacking not only improves care, ...


A plastic surgeon was sued for causing a fire during an eye lift procedure
"Shafer was using an electrocauterizing tool to seal off small blood vessels in Corrado's eyelids when the device generated a spark that caused a flash fire over Corrado's face.

The fire spread to surgical draping around Corrado's head and along a plastic tube that had been run up her neck, taped to her chin and ...


Check that, there are now four malpractice proposals in Washington state
"Republican lawmakers have unveiled their own notion of medical-malpractice-insurance reform, a package they have named Plan A.

Like Plan B, announced Monday by Democratic leaders from the House and Senate, it is meant to be an alternative on the fall ballot to initiatives 330 and 336, the doctors' and lawyers' proposals, respectively, for changing the medical-malpractice system."

Caps on pain and suffering can increase a plaintiff's motivation to try to increase their economic losses
"A new study suggests that medical malpractice jury awards are not significantly lower in states that already limit compensation for a patient's pain and suffering. Instead, lawyers are finding clever ways around the limits, either by emphasizing their clients' medical expenses or by placing a dollar value on domestic services, such as housekeeping."

How will Terri Schiavo die?
"The process of starving to death seems very barbaric but in actuality is very peaceful."

A Canadian heart patient in need of an electrocardiogram was told the appointment would be in three months
The letter added: "If the person named on this computer-generated letter is deceased, please accept our sincere apologies."

Attention grabbing

A billboard in Australia promoting the use of sunscreen to prevent skin cancer.

Drugmakers are rethinking their consumer advertsing
"'I think there's a regrouping going on. They're going to be terribly, terribly careful,' says Frank Ginsberg, CEO of advertising agency Avrett Free Ginsberg.

He and others expect fewer ads in the future that name a prescription drug "” and thus usually have to include potential side effects "” and more general ads that describe medical conditions and then direct consumers ...


Are doctors too cheap to perform a rapid flu test?
"In general, it costs about $45 to purchase and perform the test. But Medicaid and Medicare reimburse doctors only $8 for the test.

'You can see that a doctor who might want to use this test would actually lose money every time he tries to accurately and rapidly diagnose the flu,' Grover said."

Dr. Grover is sadly misguided, ...


The obsession with cosmetic surgery is obscuring the real work plastic surgeons do
"The British Association of Plastic Surgeons even said some people saw them in a similar vein as hairdressers."

One of the top doctors in Kaiser is becoming a woman
Dr. Judson Lively will return in two weeks as Dr. Judy Lively.

No sex rule has implications for isolated MDs
"Imagine you are the only doctor in a small, isolated northern community. You're single. The law says you're not allowed to have sex with your patients. Since everyone in the community is your patient, that means you're not allowed to have sex. Period."

A patient in the UK with crippling back pain has to wait 68 weeks to see a specialist
"What happens if he says I need a back operation and I have to go on the waiting list for that?"

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