I recently spent a week with the Floating Doctors in Bocas del Toro providing medical care to the Ngabe people in western Panama. In the jungle, there is little concern about prior authorizations or deductibles. There is also a critical lack of access to services that we have available in the U.S. The Ngabe people do not own much. In fact, some kids do not even have names. In the Ngabe ...

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I was seeing a patient who brought me a bag of supplements she bought from another specialist. I looked skeptical and then she pulled out the list of lab results the other doctor ordered on her. I reviewed the results with her and asked why all these tests were ordered in the first place, some of which I had never ordered in my life. She said she told the specialist ...

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Around the U.S., millions of college age kids head back to start their fall semester in college. Their courses carefully selected months ago and their packing completed in a frenzy of activity. But, little thought is given to the most violent crime that happens on college campuses: rape and sexual abuse.  Estimates show that approximately 25 percent of college women have been victims of rape. In fact, every 21 hours ...

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My medical student found it difficult to get any information from a patient. When she presented the patient’s medical history to me, she was quite flustered and did not know what to say. I went with here to talk to the patient and met the same wall. It is not always an easy task finding the patient within. Often, when what a patient is saying doesn’t make sense, or it is ...

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As a long-distance truck driver, he did not have time to visit a doctor. In fact, the last time a doctor ever examined him was decades ago. When his leg started hurting, he ignored the pain for months before it got too severe and started interfering with his ability to drive.  He showed up in my office in severe pain and limping. And while he tried to joke it off, ...

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