A commenter (I believe a physician) on one of my posts wrote the following: "I can prevent heart attacks and strokes (caused by atherosclerosis – "blockage") in people (minimal cost) who have no symptoms. If I wait for their heart attack or stroke – it costs a whole lot more." The implication is that screening and treating high cholesterol saves money in the long run. Unfortunately, the truth is the opposite. ...

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When I first stared hearing about the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) concept, I perceived it to be a euphemism. For whatever reason, the concept of primary care or family medicine hasn’t resonated with politicians, corporate benefits managers, or the general public. To me "medical home" was just a warm fuzzy term that at least gave an unknowing listener a sense of the benefits of a strong relationship with a competent primary ...

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Why is Catherine Zeta-Jones so mad? It’s a facetious question. Her husband, Michael Douglas, was recently diagnosed with throat cancer he described at “stage 4.” She was quoted by People magazine as saying, “It makes me furious they didn’t detect it earlier.” They have young children, and anyone who hasn’t personally been faced with this threat can only imagine her fear and anxiety. I suspect no number of large houses, expensive cars, ...

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