Just in - the latest wait times in Ontario, Canada:

Last October and November, the average wait in Ontario was 34 days for cancer surgery, 138 days for cataract surgery, 150 days for hip replacement, 203 days for knee replacement, 46 days for an MRI and 30 days for a CT exam.

I often wonder what medical malpractice is like overseas. Here's a story of medical malpractice in Japan:

"We are at war with hierarchical, old-fashioned Japanese society," says Doctor A. "But we are doctors so it is our responsibility to put the dignity of patients first."

Mr. Cummings was operated on by doctors using a relatively new neurosurgery procedure called endovascular coiling, which involves threading a catheter from a ...

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A second surgery to remove a facial mass in a Haitian teen.

Grand Rounds 2:18



Welcome to Grand Rounds, the weekly best the medical blogosphere has to offer, and a hello to all the new readers from WebMD. I'm honored to be hosting for the third time - it has come a long way since Kevin, M.D. last hosted way back in 2004.

The phenomenon of medical blogs has been gathering increasing mainstream recognition, with ...

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A neurosurgeon goes bare, and is taking heat for it:

Gold, the Boca Raton attorney suing Martin, said getting money from him is like trying "to get blood from a turnip. The practical problem is that no one will ever see a nickel." . . .

. . . "This is despicable that someone performs this type of surgery without insurance or at least a method to compensate people for ...

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"You'll have to sue to find out." A woman becomes a quadruple amputee after giving birth:

"I want to know what happened. I went to deliver my baby and I came out like this," Mejia said.

Mejia said after she gave birth to Mathew last spring, she was kept in the hospital with complications. Twelve days after giving birth at Orlando Regional South Seminole hospital, she was transported to ...

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On the Supreme Court's ruling of Oregon's Death with Dignity Act. "Any effective physician has two fundamental roles. The first is to prolong life. The second is to ease suffering. In most situations, easing suffering is part of prolonging life, as when we guide a patient through an accident or a surgery and treat pain as part of ensuring survival. Sometimes, though, our two roles collide, and a decision ...

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Another malpractice case where a C-section was done too early. "The lawsuit alleges Gulick developed lung disease because doctors performed a Cesarean section delivery too early.

Doctors then administered anesthesia to the infant in preparation for surgery to repair an unrelated abdominal defect. The anesthesia exacerbated the child's breathing difficulties, and ultimately led to his death, according to the lawsuit.

The plaintiffs claim recommended tests to check the ...

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Striking a nerve. Apparently, Orac takes exception to I said a few days ago:

Dr. Kevin's comment revealed a common misconception of what it is really like to work in academic medical centers that is common among physicians in private practice . . . If you're in academia for any length of time, you become aware that many private practitioners appear to have some sort of stereotypical picture of ...

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Via Medical News Today:

Consumer Reports has named cesarean section number three on its list of "12 Surgeries You May Be Better Off Without." The recommendation, based on research at the non-profit Rand Corporation, encourages consumers to "check out safer alternatives" before having any of the 12 listed "invasive procedures." (link).

The number three ranking of cesarean surgery appears just above episiotomy (#4) and hysterectomy (#5) and below angiography ...

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