A vascular surgeon in Australia has a 10-year waiting list for non-urgent procedures
"He said waiting times for non-urgent surgery at RBWH had blown out to 10 years and the situation had become so critical there were 'waiting lists for waiting lists'.

Waiting times for category two patients, where admission within 90 days is considered desirable, had also blown out as much as two years, he said."

Why specialty hospitals? "Profit, profit, profit"
"The debate in Rapid City, a city of 60,000 people near Mount Rushmore, mirrors national concerns about specialty hospitals, which are typically doctor-owned for-profit facilities that focus on a narrow range of services such as heart or orthopedic surgery. Critics say specialty hospitals harm hospitals that serve poorer and sicker patients, and lead to waste of health-care dollars by driving people to get unneeded ...

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Patients are suffering: Malpractice costs are a major reason why specialists are in short supply in PA
"Dr. Jack Wilberger, chairman of neurosurgery, Allegheny General Hospital: 'There are no neurosurgeons between Pittsburgh and Erie, which is a huge space, and no neurosurgeons east of Pittsburgh until you get close to Harrisburg.'

And he says it's tough to get anyone to come fill the slots in neurosurgery, general surgery, ob-gyn, ...

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An Illinois neurosurgeon who advocates for caps gets hit with a $2M malpractice verdict
"Dr. Thomas Hurley, president-elect of the Illinois State Neurosurgical Society, told the Chicago Sun-Times his case illustrates the problem of allowing big awards that raise doctors' insurance rates.

He said his annual malpractice insurance premium would probably increase from the current $245,000 to $300,000 or more.

The legal action was by Richard McCorry, ...

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UCSF settles a case where a post-op patient was left in a vegetative state after being overmedicated
"The patient, Spencer Sullivan, entered UCSF Medical Center on Dec. 26, 2001, for routine elective neck surgery, which was successful, according to a June 20 legal brief summarizing the plaintiff's case. Following the surgery, however, Sullivan "was grossly overmedicated and then grossly underobserved," leading to irreversible brain damage, according to the brief, ...

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A doctor in India broke the Guinness record for the removing the biggest bone tumor
"The rare surgical feat of removing a 16.5kg malignant bone tumour -- so far the largest of its kind -- from the right femur (thighbone) of a patient has earned for an Indian doctor a place in the latest edition of Guinness Book of world records.

Dr. B K S Sanjay, Director of ...

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A study about perioperative beta-blockers came out in the NEJM. Here are some articles showing divergent headlines:

Study: Beta Blockers Don't Help All

Beta blockers don't help people with low heart risk after surgery

Beta blockers and surgery not a good mix?

Cardio Drugs May Prevent Surgery-Linked Heart Attack

Here is the real conclusion:

Perioperative beta-blocker therapy is associated with a reduced ...

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Patients lose again: The impact of losing caps in Wisconsin
"A big spike in insurance premiums could prompt some physicians in high-risk specialties such as obstetrics, neurosurgery or trauma care to stop accepting some patients or move to a state with lower malpractice premiums, health industry officials said.

Early physician retirements are another concern, as is 'defensive medicine,' which is the ordering of unnecessary medical tests to guard against ...

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Vice-president Dick Cheney completed his physical:

Cheney, 64, was at George Washington University Hospital for a colonoscopy, an upper endoscopy and a vascular screening. The procedures completed his yearly medical checkup.

In the first part of the exam last week, an annual heart checkup produced good news for Cheney, who has had four heart attacks, though none since he became vice president in 2001.

The latest tests ...

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A Canadian-trained ophthalmologist is frustrated at the bureaucracy preventing him to operate
"I am licensed to practise in Ontario and provide service in multiple offices in the Toronto area. During an average week, I see up to 200 patients and refer four to 10 surgical cases to my colleagues with operating privileges. Those patients then have to travel a significant distance, be re-examined by another doctor and then wait weeks, ...

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