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Stop the war against patients with intractable pain

An open letter to doctors still prescribing opioid medication when necessary: Thank you so much for standing up for us pain patients. My chronic pain comes from a genetic connective tissue disorder (Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome), so there is no treatment or cure for my slow, but relentless, physical deterioration as the collagen holding my body together...

Forget what you’ve heard. Direct primary care is here to stay.

Much has been written in recent weeks about the failure of direct primary care giant and pioneer Qliance. Much of the conversation has examined the reasons for their closing and the negative impact it will have on the direct primary care movement. Questions have been raised about the longevity of the movement, with many...

Are pharma gifts to doctors a red herring?

Physicians are influenced by marketing. That's no surprise. So are most consumers, as evidenced by television and radio commercials, billboards, pop up ads and targeted ads for drugs on your computer screen. Big Pharma markets not only to physicians, but also directly to consumers. In a recent Washington Post op-ed, Dr. Nicole Van Gronigen made...

Health reform: It’s time for Congress to grow up and do their jobs

Health – /helTH/ – The state of being free from illness or injury Care – /ker/ – The provision of what is necessary for the health, welfare, and protection of someone or something. System – /’sistəm/ – A set of things working together as parts of a mechanism or an interconnecting network. It’s not keeping us Healthy,...

Health reform should simplify our health system. Here are some ideas.

We are a nation divided. Our two major political parties agree on essentially nothing. Republicans cannot agree even amongst themselves how to proceed on health care reform. It is demoralizing that even though U.S. health care has sunken to last among developed nations, our elected leaders are unable to envision or agree upon...

Physician spouse speaks out against dangers of prescription opioids

The impact of the opioid crisis struck home within the Missouri physician community on Dec. 15, 2014. That’s the day when, just two months shy of his 30th birthday, Derek succumbed to an opioid overdose. The news was devastating for his mother, Kelly O’Leary, a longtime volunteer with the St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society...

The administrative misconception hurting American healthcare

There is an approved story in American healthcare that is so implanted in our society that it is nearly undisputed. It goes like this. The primary wrongdoer underlying the high-cost, low-grade American healthcare system is the typical fee-for-service repayment version, which awards doctors for the quantity of solutions they supply without any factor to...

This medical professional quit suggesting opioids. Various other doctors need to do the exact same.

Have you ever before had a prescription modified? I have, a number of times-- all opioids. In spite of making duplicates of every prescription to confirm exactly what I really created for, taking care of every little thing from individuals that intimidated to sue me for incorrect allegations to time invested with the DEA...

Fixing our well being care system gained’t make us wholesome

Like all medical doctors, I'm annoyed after I see my sufferers lacking out on what could possibly be years of fine well being. And our medical system is so dysfunctional that it’s tempting for medical doctors and sufferers accountable poor well being outcomes on how we pay for medical care. However, our ridiculous...

Don’t let worry hurt your well being

I keep in mind reciting a phrase throughout my childhood that goes one thing like this, "Step on a crack, break your mom's again." In order I'd stroll forwards and backwards to high school, I'd make a acutely aware effort to keep away from any and all cracks within the sidewalks for worry...


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