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Up to 98,000 patients die each year in the hospital as a result of preventable medical errors

A recent report published in JAMA revealed some harrowing facts about the failure of our strained hospital system.  Payment controls and other regulations are causing physician workloads to exceed safe levels which results in the death of patients. The hospitalist model of care...
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Future Predictions for Healthcare in America

According to the recent Presidential vote, we as a nation do in fact wish to nationalize healthcare.  We do believe that a larger federal government is the answer to our woes and finally, it is ok to ask for more taxes to enable this to go on. Bottom line prediction:  Under...
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We Need To Rethink Hormone Replacement In Women

A recent Danish study shows that 10 years of hormone replacement started early in menopause significantly improved cardiovascular risk (50% reduction).  A few years ago America was floored by the Women’s Health Initiative’s results which suggested no cardiovascular...
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“Get ready for a two-tier system of medical care”

As I explained in the Mediscare/Paul Ryan blog a couple of weeks ago, Medicare’s price-fixing has resulted in the Health Insurance industry indexing their prices to Medicare. Additionally,  unrealistic demands by both are causing primary care doctors to just flat refuse to...
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A Funny Thing Happened On The Way Back From Washington….

Well, not really funny but it did happen.  September 10th, 2012 marked my third meeting with the Physicians Counsel For Responsible Reform (PCRR) which is a physicians caucus to discuss health care recommendations to the (mostly) republican physician congressmen currently in...
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Doctor Shortage May Swell to 130,000 With Caps

“Does anyone in this country beleive in a free market economy anymore? Here are some ideas. Why don’t my professional membership organizations such as the ACP, AMA or state Medical Associations start a volunteer fund that will use the monetary resources to analyse real...
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Stockton seeks bankruptcy; comparing the cost of a city with the cost of healthcare

Putting Numbers in Perspective  July 27th it was announced that Stockton, California, with about 300,000 residents and a $700 million debt load, is set to become the largest U.S. city ever to seek Chapter 9 protection and file for bankrupcy. Looking at these numbers left me...
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Doctors are going out of business

As it turns out, I’m not the only physician struggling to stay afloat in this severely mismanaged healthcare system.  This recent survey shows that 26% of private practice physicians could close their practices within a year.  This is all due to government regulations, Medicare...
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Cure for Alzheimer’s? Functions of HDL Cholesterol Continue to Surprise

It’s too early to know if this will work but it does appear promising.  Tying in a protein found on HDL cholesterol (known as Apo E) with amyloid has resulted in a basic science experiment which shows real promise for Alzhiemer’s disease treatment.  The Wall Street...
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Healthcare Reforms: a stance from the Coalition of State Medical and National Specialty Societies-11/29/2011

The president of the Florida Medical Association (Dr. Miguel Machado MD) goes to the mat for Doctors and patients.  Please read the letter sent to our congress, which he co-signed with other mutually interested representatives. This letter contains recommendations for reform that...
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Prostate Cancer Screening Controversy-11/26/2011

For years, the FDA recommendation for annual prostate cancer screening has been digital prostate exams along with the PSA (Prostate-specific antigen) blood test annually starting at age 50.  Recently, there has been a U.S. Preventive Services Task Force draft recommendation...
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