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Palliative care docs are labeled “murderers” by some of their colleagues

Palliative care docs are labeled “murderers” by some of their colleagues

I read a disturbing article in yesterday’s NY Times about a palliative care physician who by merely doing his job and advocating for the patient was denigrated by his colleagues. Palliative care doctors provide comfort care to patients who don’t want heroic efforts to keep them alive. The patients’ wishes are expressed by the DNR documents executed […]

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More is not better when it comes to healthcare

Here we go again! You’ve probably noticed I’ve been posting a lot about fraud in healthcare because it appears to be so prevalent. Well, I consider overtreatment to be a form of fraud, especially, when published practice guidelines are not followed. The NY Times reported that more than 25,000 defibrillators-22.5% of the total- that were implanted into patients between 2006 and […]

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Doctors Are Entering The Weight Loss Business

On January 1, Medicare will begin paying for obese patients to undergo physician-supervised treatment for weight loss. Now, many doctors are forming weight loss companies to take advantage of this new plan to increase their profits. They’re armed with prescription pads to get patients hooked on amphetamines-oh, excuse me, I mean appetite suppressants-and  are stocking their […]

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Contraception Must Become Preventive Medicine

There is a very important Op-Ed in today’s NY Times by Vanessa Cullins, an OBGYN, who is vice president for medical affairs at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. While our country is hijacked by the holier than thou ultra conservatives women and children are suffering. I’m talking about the federal funding denied Planned Parenthood and organizations […]

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What Primary Care Docs Shouldn’t Be Doing

The National Physicians Alliance, an organization composed of 22,000 physicians, compiled a list of the top 5 don’ts for primary care that was reported in Tuesday’s NY Times . That’s right- Five procedures you’re better of not having done. The Alliance’s aim is to increase the quality of primary care, while being good stewards of […]

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