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How Patients Can Help Themselves Get Better Care

I’ve spent a lot of space on this site writing about participating in your healthcare so you get the right care. And, I talked about developing a “relationship” with your doctor so you can effectively communicate. Relationship does not mean drinking buddy, golf partner, or someone to do shopping with. What is meant by “relationship” is […]

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Shared Decision-Making

If you were told that medication rather than an invasive cardiac procedure would reduce your angina and work as well as reducing the risk of heart attack, which would you choose? How about a lumpectomy rather that mastectomy after diagnosis with early breast cancer? Both have the same survival rates. What about surgery for lower […]

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Contaminated Drugs Are Knowingly Being Sold

The notorious pharmaceutical company, GlaxoSmithKiline, that for years hid the dangers of it’s diabetes drug, Avandia, while it raked in millions in profits has been fined $750 million for healthcare fraud for selling contaminated drugs! As reported in the NY Times Glaxo has agreed to pay $750 million to settle criminal and civil complaints that […]

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The Doctor Is In-No More Waiting For An Appointment

ZocDoc is a free service that allows patients to book doctor and dentist appointments on line. This service began in September ’07 and in the beginning of this month it added Dallas to its provider list. Doctors must pay between $200 and $250 a month, depending on specialty, to be listed on ZocDoc.com. ZocDoc offers more […]

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Don’t Waste Money-Get The Right Information To Get The Right Care

We’ve heard a lot about how participating in our healthcare being essential to getting the right care. But, what exactly does this mean and how do we do it? Basically, it means having enough information about your “condition” and its treatment options to make an informed decision about how to proceed. Well, it appears that patients are […]

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