Health courts make sense
"Health courts, along with non-economic judgment caps and tighter regulation of the insurance industry, might constitute an effective approach to solve the problem of how best to reform medical-malpractice litigation, a panel of experts said."

Of course, the lawyers are balking: "Carlton Carl, director of media relations at the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, told United Press International the whole idea of health courts ...

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Tom Cruise gives medical advice
"I can recall an incident on the set of 'Days of Thunder' where a stunt driver had a horrible, high-speed accident, just barreled into a wall, and unfortunately he had been harnessed incorrectly. He was screaming in agony, his legs and several ribs were obviously very badly broken, and the first instinct of everyone on the set was to get him airlifted to a ...

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Barack Obama answers questions on health care
"Q. Doctors are leaving southern Illinois to practice elsewhere because of high medical malpractice insurance costs. When do you think this will be resolved and what do you think will do it?

A. There is a crisis in Illinois. Malpractice insurance premiums are going up and making it too expensive for doctors to provide the care our citizens need in crucial areas. ...

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Malpractice fears put doctors on defense
"When Geoffrey Blatt went to medical school, he was taught not to order unnecessary tests for his patients. Now, even some patients with headaches get brain scans.

'You're afraid of the one-in-10,000 patient that may have a brain tumor,' the Kansas City neurosurgeon said.

And afraid that the patient may sue for malpractice.

Defensive medicine like this has become standard operating ...

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The New Hampshire Medical Society is making a plea to physicians to support the bill for pre-trial panels in medical malpractice cases (SB 214). I will do my part by spreading the word through this blog. This has been exhaustively discussed previously.

From a letter I received today: "Many legislators have only received one call or one letter from physicians in support of SB 214. ...

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Several hundred physicians rallied at the Capitol yesterday for malpractice reform
"Dr. Steven Fletcher, a general and vascular surgeon at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, N.J., said lawsuit reform would reduce the amount of defensive medicine he performs.

About 70 percent of the blood-clot checks he conducts are not are not medically necessary, but 'we have to do them just in case,' Dr. Fletcher said.

Defensive ...

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A shortage of primary-care physicians is an obstacle to universal health coverage in Vermont
"'If the state reimburses similar to Medicaid - currently Medicaid pays about 53 percent of what Blue Cross pays - you will not attract physicians to Vermont,' he said. 'But if a new state-administered plan provides adequate reimbursement Â… it could make Vermont an attractive place to practice.'"

The bottom-line is money. Physicians will ...

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Sounds so easy on paper
"True health-care reform cannot occur until the issue of medical malpractice is seriously addressed. A national health insurance will lead to loss of patient autonomy and an indeterminate delay in the provision of services. Honest legislative decisions, made with input from those intimately associated with the issues, can lower the cost of health-care delivery, thereby providing better access to care for the poor and underserved ...

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I'll be your bop buddy
MD Net Guide writes about the medical blogosphere. Here's what they say about Kevin, M.D., under "The Blog as Bop Buddy":

All of the foregoing is certainly noble enough, but there comes a time in every physicianÂ’s life when he or she just wants a place to tell a funny story, scream to the heavens about the frustrations of HIPAA compliance, complain about a ...

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The United States is the only industrialized country in the world allowing full direct to consumer advertising of prescription medicines
Like universal health care, the United States is one step behind the rest of the world.

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