SIMPD is an organization committed to changing the face of primary care in our country. They are the leading voice of a wide number of practice models which fall under the umbrella of direct medical practices. They are a growing group of doctors who felt that they could no longer look their patients in the eyes and honestly say they were providing the best possible care with ...

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DB asks those knee-jerking nay-sayers to stop and ask themselves why would they object to a win-win model for patients and physicians.

I urge these authors and their ideological colleagues to look beyond the trappings. I urge them to perform a thought experiment. Why are patients increasingly willing to pay? Why are highly ethical physicians opting for this style of practice? If they are ...

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Insurance = Prevention

Another great rant by Dr. Wes...strong work.
So fantastic is insurance at heart attack prevention that the researchers of this important trial never even had to consult a single health record to verify their claims. Not one. From the studies "limitations" section:
"Our study relied on self-reported health measures rather than data from medical records. Although our measure of adverse cardiovascular outcomes summarized related items selected for their ...

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Dr. Jay Parkinson, who has moved his blog, calls our attention to an excellent article summarizing CDHC...

Would physicians practice medicine differently if they were paid differently? There is ample evidence that the answer is yes. Unlike other forms of surgery, the typical cosmetic surgery patient can find a package price in advance covering all services and facilities, compare prices prior to the surgery, ...

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The Integrity in Science Database lets you quickly and easily search for professional with close to ties to major industries.

(hat tip: Book of Joe)

Medical Myths

Many publicly held medical myths have little to no supporting evidence...

Apparently it has a lot to do with testosterone...

Over 600 nuns have volunteered to participate in one of the most comprehensive neurological studies to help further our understanding of Alzheimer's.

As long as people will accept crap, it will be financially profitable to dispense it.

--Dick Cavett

The NHS Song

The Amateur Transplants are my new favorite band.

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This may be the stuff of science fiction now, but it may be considered usual and customary for our children.
...why can't doctors revive someone who has been dead for an hour? Because once the cells have been without oxygen for more than five minutes, they die when their oxygen supply is resumed. It was that "astounding" discovery, Becker says, that led him to his post as the ...

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Charles Dickens, author of the Christmas Carol, is credited with some profoundly accurate descriptions of several neurological diseases.
Dickens has long been recognized as a skillful and accurate chronicler of human behavior. His characters are rendered with a realist's dedicated, unstinting eye. Physician readers of Dickens's stories have commented on the precision with which he portrays his characters' quirks and oddities "” many of which are now ...

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Governor Christine Gregoire, praises Qliance, praising it as feasible solution to our health care crisis.

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Dr. Gordon Bliss, widely regarded as one of the founders of concierge medicine, now Direct Medical Practices, is developing a widely successful business model that provides concierge quality to Seattle's working poor.
Singh is not your typical patient of a boutique medical practice; he earns about $50 or $60 a day"”far less than the CEOs and other wealthy types who tend to pay the monthly, out-of-pocket ...

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Medical Quack might be on to something here...How about it Mr. Levy?

But DB is beginning to see that direct medical practices are a logical solution to the primary care crisis...
...before he left his former practice, he was delivering a standard of care which troubled him. He was losing his love for medicine and patients.

As I asked SP about his typical day, he told me that he physically saw 6-8 patients each day. He spent at least ...

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Not Just For the Rich

That's right, when combined with Health Savings Accounts and High Deductible Plans, retainer physicians are affordable for nearly everyone, especially the small business owners.

Contagious Chin Dimples

Junkfood Science demonstrats absurdity by being absurd...

Medical Gift Cards

What a brilliant idea that may be just a bit before its time and hopefully won't die on the vine.

In our current system, a few hundred dollars may barely pay for a month of insurance, but with direct medical practices, it could by unlimited visits (including labs and chest x-rays) to your primary care doctor.

Dad, I Love You

Dr. Wes with a heartwarming reflection on the last year with his Dad...

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