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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...

Don’t blame medical doctors for outrageous emergency division costs

Just lately I posted a piece, describing analysis out of Johns Hopkins, exhibiting that when sufferers come to ERs -- both with no insurance coverage or insurance coverage that's out-of-network -- they typically face costs which might be 4, six, and even ten-fold higher than what Medicare would pay for a similar companies. After the publish,...

Violence within the emergency division places sufferers and physicians in danger

The tales are disturbing. A pregnant emergency doctor assaulted in a hallway. A affected person leaping from the mattress, wielding medical gear as a weapon towards the care group. A safety guard intervening in a tense ready room confrontation late at evening. Most individuals discover the violence laborious to fathom, however for emergency...

Simplicity is the remedy for our complicated well being system

In nation after nation, I witness the identical unhappy state of affairs: caring, often-brilliant women and men toil within the well being care trade to take care of others, however to take action they have to battle the system itself. That system has overpassed what issues, which is people caring for different human beings. To...

How our well being system is just like the Marvel supervillain Thanos

You're a baby of Thanos. "Hear me and rejoice!” “You will have had the privilege of being saved by the American Faculty of Cardiology and the American Coronary heart Affiliation. (Yeah, I do know we mentioned the identical factor once we prescribed low-fat diets to lower the chance of coronary heart illness, however you gotta...

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