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  • White House: Seven in Ten Doctors Say Climate Change Is Harming Patients

    02/27/2015 6:45:48 AM PST · by PROCON · 54 replies
    weeklystandard ^ | Feb. 27, 2015 | JERYL BIER
    Usually when the Obama administration is discussing doctors and health issues, Obamacare is on the table. Thursday, however, the White House threw a curve by linking health to climate change. In a new blog post, the White House declares that "7 out of 10 Doctors [say] Climate Change Is Already Harming Patients’ Health." While often the White House has been a source of upbeat reports on recent health improvements attributed in part to the Affordable Care Act, the language of this post stands in sharp contrast. For example: "Already, 1 in 10 children in the U.S. suffers from asthma. Heat-related...
  • Illegal Aliens Unhappy with Shortage of Bilingual Doctors

    02/22/2015 11:31:54 AM PST · by jazusamo · 51 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 22, 2015 | Pedro Gonzales
    The LA Times reported that illegal aliens are unhappy that not enough doctors speak Spanish. The article never used the words "illegal" or "undocumented" or "dreamer" or "super virtuous" or however we are to call illegal aliens nowadays; only referring to "Hispanics" who can't understand English. But since all citizens understand English, or should, I presume that the article is only talking about illegal aliens. Now let the sob story begin: Every day, chronically ill Latino patients stream into Harbor-UCLA Medical Center's family medicine clinic. Some have neglected their health because they're flummoxed or alienated by the medical system, Dr....
  • Doctors say you should write your own sick note (Germany)

    02/17/2015 4:12:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 16 Feb 2015 11:25 GMT+01:00
    Researchers at the University of Magdeburg argue that workers should be able to excuse themselves from work for short periods to reduce the burden on family doctors. “The goal can be that employees should be able to report themselves sick for up to a week,” lead researcher Wolfram Hermann told Welt am Sonntag. Hermann said that workers needing sick notes accounted for a large proportion of short-notice visits to doctors, taking up too much of their time. …
  • Doctors Having Say About Your Health Care

    02/16/2015 6:52:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 16, 2015 | Bruce Bialosky
    One thing I have often pointed out about the Affordable Care Act (ACA alias Obamacare) is that very few doctors participated in the conceptualization of the legislation. The final bill focuses on expanding Americans’ access to health insurance with a total disregard for increasing the supply of medical professionals or facilities for treatment. Some doctors are directing their efforts to educating their patients and the voting public of what they believe the bill is doing to harm patient care.To better learn the effects upon doctors and thus their patients of this new law, I had a conference call with a...
  • Rep. Blumenauer: 'We Need More Research on the Health Effects of Guns’

    02/13/2015 7:31:07 AM PST · by PROCON · 28 replies
    cnsnews ^ | Feb. 12, 2015 | Eric Scheiner
    (CNSNews.com) - Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D- Ore.) has released a plan calling for “more research on the health effects of guns.” Blumenauer’s “Enough is Enough” plan looks back to how the U.S. government addressed tobacco use and automobile safety in years past and calls for a similar approach to guns. “The Surgeon General's report on tobacco was a major catalyst for the efforts to reduce tobacco use. Ralph Nader’s research captured headlines and focused public attention on automobile safety. Similarly, we need more research on the health effects of guns. We can start by improving the ability of researchers and...
  • Doctors Warn Against Revival of ‘Measles Parties’

    02/09/2015 4:28:11 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 85 replies
    Breitbart California ^ | February 8, 2015 | Michelle Moons
    Doctors are warning parents against reviving “measles parties” intended to expose children to the disease at a gathering with at least one infected person. The parties ostensibly help children build immunity against the disease and are used instead of vaccinating or leaving exposure up to chance. Such practices have been discouraged despite similar events such as “pox parties” which expose children to chickenpox for the purpose of building immunity. “CDPH strongly recommends against the intentional exposure of children to measles as it unnecessarily places the exposed children at potentially grave risk and could contribute to further spread of the outbreak,”...
  • Abortion Stigma: Two Abortionists Quit After Listing on AbortionDocs.org

    02/03/2015 4:00:16 PM PST · by Morgana · 7 replies
    operationrescue.org ^ | February 3, 2015 | Cheryl Sullenger
    Montgomery, AL – Proving that participation in abortion is a bad career move, two Alabama abortionists have quit their jobs at abortion facilities in Alabama and turned to more reputable work. Elizabeth Kemp, who was formerly employed with Reproductive Health Services of Montgomery, left her job as an abortionist soon after she was listed on AbortionDocs.org, a website managed by Operation Rescue that lists every abortion facility in the U.S. and all known abortion providers along with documents related to them and their practices. Kemp’s Alabama medical license status is listed as “inactive.” “So often, we find that abortion providers...
  • Patient Thoughts

    02/03/2015 6:23:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 3, 2015 | Paul Greenberg
    Report from the waiting room: Down the hall in this great maze of a modern medical center there is another clinic, one advertised with a big sign pointing the direction there and saying something about beauty. It apparently specializes in cosmetic surgery. It's wearing enough to be here arranging for necessary if not urgent surgery. Why would anyone be here just to get a bigger bustline or have a nose straightened? It's a mystery to me. It's one thing -- a necessary, even a life-serving thing -- for skilled physicians to employ their considerable talent and years of training to...
  • No housecalls? Mississippi probes 88-year-old doc who works out of car

    01/28/2015 5:10:10 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 28, 2015 | Kyle Rothenberg
    For more than a half century, residents of a tiny western Mississippi community have counted on Dr. Carrol Landrum’s house calls for their health care. The sight of Landrum’s dented, black, 2007 Toyota Camry pulling up has brought relief to countless shut-ins in Edwards, a town of about 1,000 about 28 miles west of Jackson. But the state medical board is probing the country doctor, an 88-year-old World War II veteran, because, he says, they don’t like him working out of his car. “I didn’t know there was any law against it,” Landrum, who grew up in Taylorsville, but has...
  • The Obama administration wants to dramatically change how doctors are paid

    01/26/2015 9:14:39 PM PST · by Nachum · 120 replies
    WaPo ^ | 1/26/15 | Jason Millman
    The Obama administration on Monday announced an ambitious goal to overhaul the way doctors are paid, tying their fees more closely to the quality of care rather than the quantity. Rather than pay more money to Medicare doctors simply for every procedure they perform, the government will also evaluate whether patients are healthier, among other measures. The goal is for half of all Medicare payments to be handled this way by 2018. Monday’s announcement marks the administration’s biggest effort yet to shape how doctors are compensated across the health-care system. As the country's largest payer of health-care services, Medicare influences...
  • (Exempt) Joe Biden to doctors: 'You've changed the mindset'

    01/25/2015 7:30:14 AM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    OC Register ^ | 1/24/15 | AARON ORLOWSKI
    **SNIP** In years past, health ills such as infections picked up at the hospital during treatment were just considered the cost of doing business, Biden said. But then people like the founders of the Patient Safety Movement decided these sorts of infections and deaths didn’t have to be. They spoke out. “You’ve broken down the silence,” Biden told the several hundred doctors, hospital administrators and patient advocates attending. He added: “You’ve changed the vocabulary. You’ve changed the mindset when it comes to preventable deaths.” Hospital-acquired infections declined by 17 percent from 2010 to 2013, resulting in 50,000 lives saved and...
  • Feds Spend $499,880 to Teach Doctors How to Talk to Fat Kids

    01/17/2015 12:12:36 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 16, 2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    A new project from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is using computer simulated training sessions to teach doctors in Minnesota how to talk to fat kids.The nearly $500,000 study using “virtual role play” to coach doctors is the latest attempt by the federal government to combat obesity.“Obesity in the United States is at historically high levels and is an important health problem,” the grant for the project states. “Interventions targeting children are a high priority because children bear the greatest lifetime health risk from overweight and obesity.”“Health professionals in primary care settings are influential in the lives of families,”...
  • VA Offers ‘Free Gun Locks’ in Exchange for Owners’ Info, Addresses & # of Guns Owned

    01/07/2015 8:01:15 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 41 replies
    Ammoland ^ | Jan 6, 2015 | AWR Hawkins
    VA Offers ‘Free Gun Locks’ in Exchange for Owners’ Info, Addresses & # of Guns Owned Posted on January 6, 2015 by Ammoland By AWR Hawkins Washington DC - -(Ammoland.com)- A number of veterans say they’ve received a letter from the Veterans Administration (VA) offering them “free gun locks” if they fill out a form which asks for their address and the number of guns for which they need locks. The VA is offering up to four locks per veteran. The Washington Times acquired a copy of the letter and quoted it as saying the VA “[hopes] to reach all...
  • Doctors who oppose abortion should leave family medicine: Ontario College of Physicians

    12/21/2014 7:44:37 PM PST · by Morgana · 23 replies
    LIFE SITE NEWS ^ | Dec 19, 2014 | Steve Weatherbe
    Family doctors who object to referring patients for abortions should think about switching specialties, the man overseeing the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons’ revision of its ethics policy said this week. Dr. Marc Gabel, a Toronto psychotherapist and past president of the college, told LifeSiteNews on Thursday that if his committee’s proposed revision of the college’s “Professional Obligations and Human Rights” is adopted, then if doctors refuse to refer patients to abortionists, or to doctors willing to prescribe contraceptives, they could face disciplinary action. “If there were a complaint, every complaint is investigated by the complaint committee,” Dr. Gabel...
  • The science of why magazines are always out of date in GPs waiting rooms (This is Hugh!)

    12/12/2014 8:55:38 PM PST · by PROCON · 55 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | Dec. 12, 2014 | Sarah Knapton, Science Editor
    It is a curious phenomenon that magazines in doctor’s waiting rooms are always out of date. Now a study has discovered the reason. The more recent the publication, the more likely it is to be filched by light-fingered patients. Researchers at the University of Auckland found that GP waiting rooms generally contain older magazines no matter how hard staff try to keep supplies up to date. And patients hoping to find something light-hearted to take their mind off a tooth or tummy ache are also likely to be disappointed. For the magazines that get left behind are not only out...
  • HERE I GO AGAIN, NO DOCTOR

    12/09/2014 3:19:18 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 68 replies
    ME | Dec 9, 2014 | ME
    I never got around to posting about my October trip to the hospital, I was out in four days, just another lung bug, and things were popping here on the forum and I just dug in.I had already fired the doctor who screwed up, almost fried my kidneys and caused a case of gout with too many diuretics. The insurance plan assigned a new doctor anyway so when I landed in the ER I gave his name. He never showed up, but the one I fired did. I told him to go away and 10 minutes later his sidekick showed...
  • Depend on yourself, not Doctors, for a long and healthy life

    12/07/2014 8:47:45 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 17 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/07/14 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    As my dear friends’ fifty something daughter faces up to five hours of surgery this week to remove leaking silicone breast implants, I just wanted to use up a few lines of type to express my shock and awe at what has become the PRACTICE of Medicine in this country. And indeed, PRACTICE, becomes an apt word as I meditate on what is happening to my friends and relatives at this time of the year. When she was twenty, my new friend was implanted with silicone because her breasts were “little.” She wanted to be appealing to men, I guess....
  • Forget Tech, the Real Anti-Competitive Market is Health Care

    12/03/2014 1:48:10 PM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 3, 2014 | Logan Albright
    With the most recent round of ObamaCare enrollments about to begin, more Americans will soon be faced with the reality of a growing doctor shortage. The Wall Street Journal reports that, for the first time in two generations, the number of doctors per person is declining, a situation that will result in decreased access to health care and rising costs even beyond what we have already seen. While the direct impact of ObamaCare has been widely discussed, what most people don’t realize is the ways in which our medical bureaucracy goes out of its way to discourage competition and limit...
  • Cost of ObamaCare for Virginians on Bronze Plan

    11/29/2014 8:53:28 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 17 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/29/14 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    Because many doctors and hospitals have been dropped from ObamaCare, their services are not eligible for ObamaCare payments. What would happen to their patients who are now suddenly forced into ObamaCare? The Affordable Care Act specifies in Section 1401of its voluminous content that subsidies cannot be paid to people residing in states that do not have a State Exchange. The decision was upheld in the D.C. Federal Circuit Court and the Supreme Court will make a decision in June 2015. In the Commonwealth of Virginia, no subsidy will thus be paid on the 80 percent of subscribers’ premiums who enrolled...
  • 215,000 Doctors (1 in 4 Nationally, 70% in California)

    11/03/2014 4:09:53 PM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 3, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    It's not just patient sentiment against Obamacare that has soured lately. A stunning 215,000 doctors (and rising) refuse to accept Obamacare patients. BREAKING: 200 Thousand Doctors Dump ObamacareGary Franchi ended the above video with this thought: "It seems the biggest lie Obama told was calling his wide sweeping healthcare law - affordable". Related Stories CNN Money: Got Obamacare, can't find doctorsMiami Herald: Some South Florida docs decline to accept ObamacareForbes: When Will The Government Start Forcing Doctors To See Obamacare Patients?Daily Kos: Doctor Refuses Patient Because She Has ObamacareGodfather Politics: Doctors Refusing Obamacare Patients Good News - Bad News Good...
  • Obama holds photo op with doctors who worked in west Africa —

    10/29/2014 5:34:21 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | October 29, 2014 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    So here’s the big symbolic “screw you, Chris Christie” press conference that I thought was going to happen yesterday. Christie wants mandatory precautionary quarantines of health-care workers returning from the hot zone, so Obama’s going to show him what a hysterical overreaction that is by appearing personally with some of those workers. Who, by the way, are currently still in the incubation period. “What about science?” wondered Noah on Twitter. Just learned returning health workers that just met with President @BarackObama still within 21 day monitoring period for #ebola— Dr. Sanjay Gupta (@drsanjaygupta) October 29, 2014 Explain this to me....
  • Dr. Samadi: 230 DOCTORS Have Died from Ebola- “Still Don’t Know How They Can Possibly Get It”

    10/28/2014 6:26:38 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 65 replies
    Gateway ^ | 10/27/14 | Jim Hoft
    "we have 230 of these doctors who have died over there. We still don’t know how they can possibly get it. We keep saying bodily fluid, I get it. But the CDC guidelines is constantly changing.”
  • Obama administration considers mandatory quarantine

    10/24/2014 3:21:03 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 55 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 24 October 2014 | David Martosko
    The Obama administration is considering imposing a forced quarantine on healthcare workers who return to the United States from the Ebola hot zone of West Africa, after a New York doctor who treated patients there tested positive for the virus on Thursday. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spokesman Tom Skinner told Reuters on Friday that a mandatory quarantine is one possible plan under discussion by officials from across the administration. 'There are a number of options being discussed pertaining to the monitoring and mobility of healthcare workers who are returning to the United States from affected countries,' Skinner said.
  • The Left-Wing Hipster Democrat Couple That Exposed NYC to #Ebola

    10/24/2014 1:44:29 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 41 replies
    Got News.com ^ | Oct 24, 2014
    The Left-Wing Hipster Democrat Couple That Exposed NYC to #Ebola October 24, 2014 by Charles C. Johnson 19 Comments Dr. Craig Spencer and his live-in girlfriend Morgan Dixon exposed New Yorkers in two different boroughs to ebola during their night out on the town. While authorities are saying that Spencer followed protocol, the CDC’s own documents show that isn’t the case. Spencer is now being treated for ebola while Dixon is in quarantine. They are both registered Democrats with a history of working in public health. Both Spencer and Dixon are professional do gooders according to their LinkedIn and professional...
  • Liberia health workers' strike on Monday could hurt Ebola efforts

    10/12/2014 4:37:45 PM PDT · by bgill · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | Oct. 12, 2014 | James Harding Giahyue
    Thousands of Liberian healthcare workers are set to begin an indefinite strike at midnight on Monday which could undermine the country's effort to stop the spread of the deadly Ebola virus and leave several hundred patients without care. Health workers in the West African nation threatened to abandon hundreds of patients in Ebola treatment units, clinics and hospitals if demands for better incentives, working conditions and protective equipment were not met.
  • Health officials struggle to control the media narrative about Ebola

    10/12/2014 7:03:43 AM PDT · by Innovative · 77 replies
    The Hill ^ | Oct 12, 2014 | Elise Viebeck
    The Obama administration is battling for control of the media narrative about Ebola as conditions worsen in West Africa and fears of an outbreak mount in the United States. Health officials insist the virus will be contained and stress the potential for infection is remote. While Ebola is frightening, says Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Tom Frieden, health officials "know how to stop it."
  • Obamacare doctor networks to stay limited in 2015

    09/29/2014 7:44:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 09/29/2014 | By CHAD TERHUNE, SANDRA POINDEXTER, DOUG SMITH
    Finding a doctor who takes Obamacare coverage could be just as frustrating for Californians in 2015 as the health-law expansion enters its second year. The state's largest health insurers are sticking with their often-criticized narrow networks of doctors, and in some cases they are cutting the number of physicians even more, according to a Times analysis of company data. And the state's insurance exchange, Covered California, still has no comprehensive directory to help consumers match doctors with health plans. This comes as insurers prepare to enroll hundreds of thousands of new patients this fall and get 1.2 million Californians to...
  • Four Indiana abortionists could lose their licenses over reporting violations

    09/18/2014 3:25:02 PM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    Life Site ^ | Ben Johnson
    The attorney general of Indiana, Greg Zoeller, has asked a state board to review the medical licenses of four abortionists, including an out-of-state abortionist who failed to report two cases of statutory rape. The Indiana Medical Licensing Board will review the cases of Dr. Ulrich “George” Klopfer, Dr. Resad Pasic, Dr. Kathleen Glover, and Dr. Raymond Robinson. A press release from the attorney general's office called Klopfer's “the most egregious complaint.” Klopfer, who lives in Crete, Illinois, failed to report abortions of two 13-year-olds – one at his Women’s Pavilion abortion facility in South Bend and another in his office...
  • Obamacare: Fewer Doctors, More Demand

    09/10/2014 6:42:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/10/2014 | Michael Tanner
    Obamacare, as its advocates increasingly point out, has succeeded in expanding the number of Americans with insurance. Even though this achievement came at enormous cost, still leaves millions of Americans uninsured, and dumped millions more into Medicaid, this is still one of the few “successes” that the health-care law can claim. However, health insurance and access to health care are not the same thing. And evidence is growing that Obamacare is likely to make it harder for us to see a doctor or otherwise obtain care. Of course, we already know that the limited network of physicians available through most...
  • Doctors warn EV-D68 could affect Florida kids

    09/09/2014 6:15:44 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 25 replies
    cfnews13 ^ | 9-9-2014 | Jeff Allen
    ORLANDO -- Health officials say there’s only been about 100 confirmed cases of the upper-respiratory Enterovirus D68 since it was identified in the 1960s. But in the past few weeks, hundreds of children in at least 12 states have been hospitalized with a serious respiratory infection, and doctors believe it’s a resurgence of the virus. The early symptoms of EV-D68 are much like the common cold. Doctors said this virus can last longer, and cause major breathing problems, especially in children with asthma. “Even patients with no prior respiratory illnesses, this virus has caused some asthma-like symptoms,” said Dr. Federico...
  • Why Doctors Are Sick of Their Profession

    09/01/2014 7:15:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 90 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 08/31/2014 | By SANDEEP JAUHAR
    All too often these days, I find myself fidgeting by the doorway to my exam room, trying to conclude an office visit with one of my patients. When I look at my career at midlife, I realize that in many ways I have become the kind of doctor I never thought I'd be: impatient, occasionally indifferent, at times dismissive or paternalistic. Many of my colleagues are similarly struggling with the loss of their professional ideals. It could be just a midlife crisis, but it occurs to me that my profession is in a sort of midlife crisis of its own....
  • Tax-Funded PBS to Air Propaganda Film “Humanizing” Docs Who Do Third-Trimester Abortions

    08/25/2014 8:10:57 PM PDT · by Morgana · 28 replies
    Life News ^ | Steven Ertelt
    Looking for something to do on Labor Day? The taxpayer-funded PBS has an answer for you: a move that “humanizes” late-term abortionists who kill unborn children in the third-trimester. “After Tiller” profiles Warren Hern, Shelley Sella, LeRoy Carhart, and Susan Robinson, some of the last third-trimester abortionists left in the United States. warrenhearnOn September 1, PBS will be showing the pro-abortion propaganda film “After Tiller” that seeks to sanitize the practice of killing unborn children after viability in late-term abortions. The station also provides resources for people to host an at-home viewing party. That may sound sick to you, but...
  • US Doctor With Ebola Walks Into Atlanta Hospital for Treatment

    08/02/2014 11:40:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 57 replies
    newsmax ^ | 8/2/14 | ap
    The first Ebola victim to be brought to the United States from Africa was safely escorted into a specialized isolation unit Saturday at one of the nation's best hospitals, where doctors said they are confident the deadly virus won't escape. Fear that the outbreak killing more than 700 people in Africa could spread in the U.S. has generated considerable anxiety among some Americans. But infectious disease experts said the public faces zero risk as Emory University Hospital treats a critically ill missionary doctor and a charity worker who were infected in Liberia. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...
  • EBOLA: Doctor Quarantined in Canada

    07/30/2014 4:04:36 PM PDT · by george76 · 49 replies
    A Canadian doctor has put himself in quarantine as a precaution after spending weeks in West Africa treating patients with the deadly Ebola virus alongside an American doctor who is now infected .... Azaria Marthyman of Victoria, British Columbia had worked in Liberia, one of four countries hit by an outbreak... one of his American colleagues, doctor Kent Brantly, is being treated for the disease. .... Brantly, 33, became infected with Ebola while working with patients in the Liberian capital of Monrovia as he helped treat victims of the worst Ebola outbreak in history. He "is not doing well. He...
  • FL:Court Uphold Florida Law Limiting Doctor Snooping and Recordkeeping of Patients Gun Ownership

    07/27/2014 1:12:03 PM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_A8tM-hOOUqQ/S8HTXqrkIZI/AAAAAAAAA9g/QnOs59Ck3LI/s1600/Doctor+Big+Brother.jpg The old media in Florida tried to frame the issue as one of the limiting of Doctor's speech, but it was never about that.   The law was in reaction to Doctors inappropriately asking questions about gun ownership, and potentially feeding that information into government databases.  This is known as a "boundary violation" where a professional uses his power in inappropriate ways. The 11th Circuit Cout of Appeals upheld the law yesterday, the 25th of July.  It is possible that the rulling will be appealed to the Supreme Court.   From the startribune.com, Marion Hammer, a proponent of the law...
  • Federal court upholds Fla.'s docs vs. glocks law (good news)

    07/26/2014 11:02:57 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 33 replies
    WBTW News 13 ^ | 07/25/2014 | AP
    A Florida law restricting what doctors can tell patients about gun ownership was deemed to be constitutional Friday by a federal appeals court, which said it legitimately regulates professional conduct and doesn't violate the doctors' First Amendment free speech rights. The ruling by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta overturned a previous decision that had declared the law unconstitutional. An injunction blocking enforcement of the law is still in effect, however. By a 2-1 decision, the appeals court upheld the law as a protection of patient privacy rights and said that the limits imposed by it were...
  • Why Doctors in Italy Refuse to Give Abortions

    07/18/2014 1:56:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Abortion may be legal in Catholic Italy but more and more doctors are refusing to terminate pregnancies, with many women now having to resort to procedures carried out in secret, The Local's Angela Giuffrida discovers. Ever since a Benito Mussolini-era ban on abortions as a “crime against the purity of the Italian race” was wiped out in 1978, thanks to a group of determined women, including the former foreign minister Emma Bonino, women in Italy are, by law, entitled to terminate a pregnancy within the first three months. After 90 days, abortions are only allowed if the foetus is badly...
  • Canada: No Religious Liberty for Doctors

    07/16/2014 7:53:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 07/16/2014 | Leah Singh
    Another attack on religious freedom is under way in Canada, this time against doctors in the province of Ontario. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario is reviewing its human rights code guidelines, and the public response has been explosive. Many people want the College to change its present practice of permitting doctors to opt out of referring or prescribing treatments that violate their ethics or religious faith. This is not a case of liberal intellectuals and unelected leaders reducing our freedoms without the consent of the public. Judging by the slew of negative comments to stories in the...
  • Email: VA Doctors Have Nothing To Do At Work

    06/25/2014 2:55:05 PM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 6/25/14 | Patrick Howley
    Doctors at the Philadelphia Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Regional Office are sitting around with nothing to do, despite the fact that hundreds of thousands of U.S. veterans continue to wait for medical appointments. “Urgent! Need work for In-house Physicians,” wrote the Office’s assistant veterans service center manager Ameen Khabir in the subject line of a June 19 email to colleagues, which he placed on “High” importance. The Regional Office is responsible for processing compensation, benefits, employment and insurance claims. More than 276,000 veteran benefit claims across the country are still backlogged, having been waiting for more than 125 days....
  • Poll-Tested Pee in a Cup

    06/22/2014 4:14:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 22, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    "Pee in a cup" is a phrase you should prepare to hear frequently this election season. A requirement that doctors be subject to random drug and alcohol testing is the curb-appeal provision in a measure that will be on the California ballot in November. The brains behind the initiative titled the Troy and Alana Pack Patient Safety Act -- named after two Danville children killed by a substance-abusing driver in 2003 -- clearly figured out that voters are more likely warm to the part that promises drug tests for doctors than the measure's more important provision, which would lift the...
  • Doctors Disagree on Efficiency of Electronic Medical Records (video)

    06/20/2014 6:12:24 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 16 replies
    komu.com ^ | 6/20/14 | Andrew Kauffman
    COLUMBIA - Electronic medical records, or EMRs, have given some physicians joy and others nightmares. The federal government mandated all health care providers in the U.S. switch to EMRs by January 1, 2014. EMRs replaced the previous medical records systems done by hand on paper. The days of the 4-inch thick patient chart are over. "We knew it was coming, we knew we had to do it." said Tom Selva, chief medical officer at University Hospital. But University Hospital was always ahead of the game. It switched to an EMR provider 15 years ago when it started using Cerner, based...
  • Californians gripe about Obamacare enrollment snags, lack of doctors

    05/24/2014 3:09:45 PM PDT · by Innovative · 20 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 23, 2014 | Chad Terhune
    Nearly 1,500 Californians have complained to state regulators in the last four months about their Obamacare coverage purchased through California's insurance exchange. Many consumers have also encountered difficulty finding a doctor who accepts their new coverage...
  • On Health Care, Repeal or Reform Lead to Same Result

    05/23/2014 9:27:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 23, 2014 | Scott Rasmussen
    Heading into the 2014 elections, some Democrats think they have found a way to minimize the political fallout from the president's health care law. They have convinced themselves that voters are more interested in fixing the law rather than repealing it. A few even believe that Obamacare may someday be popular with voters. Rhetorically, they may be right (if a bit overoptimistic) in the narrow setting of midterm elections. It is certainly true that a Democrat calling for mending the health care law rather than ending it will fare better than one who enthusiastically supports the status quo. In some...
  • Obamacare Versus Physician’s Hippocratic Oath

    05/17/2014 6:04:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 17, 2014 | Joanne Moudy
    When John R. Ammon, M.D. finished his rigorous training at Harvard and Stanford 36 years ago, he swore to uphold the all important Hippocratic Oath – which proclaims – “Do No Harm.” Looking forward to working as an anesthesiologist, he believed he would never have to compromise that solemn promise. Yet, for Dr. Ammon, as for so many hundreds of thousands of physicians, that oath is progressively more difficult to keep. Dr. Ammon has spent a lifetime of serving and healing his patients. More than just participating in a practice, his personal belief systems made him keenly aware of –...
  • Doctors Fight the NRA Over Gun Safety

    05/15/2014 9:56:44 AM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 16 replies
    Yahoo ^ | May 15, 2014 | Brandy Zadrozny
    For the past three decades, the American Academy of Pediatrics—some 62,000 members strong—has been an outspoken voice on the issue of gun control, a position that has landed it on the NRA’s (admittedly very long) list of enemies. In 1992, the AAP issued its first policy statement supporting a handgun and assault weapons ban, making it the first public health organization to do so, and it has long recommended that doctors talk about gun safety with parents. Since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012, the AAP has stepped up attempts to educate parents about gun safety...
  • 'Fake Doctors in UAE Closer to Witchcraft'

    05/05/2014 5:14:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, May 05, 2014
    Ministry of Health warns public about fake doctorsThe Ministry of Health (MOH) has warned the public against practices of fake doctors who provide medical treatment without the approval of the authorities. “The society has foreseen some malpractices by a group of fake doctors, who are not licensed by the UAE health authorities, and claim that they have the ability to provide treatment for difficult cases. “Such claims are closer to magic and witchcraft,” said Amin Al Amiri, Assistant Undersecretary for Public Health and Licensing at the MOH. Recently, inspectors of the ministry busted a fake chiropractor in the Northern Emirates...
  • Obamacare deals blow to one-doctor medicine

    04/28/2014 2:59:11 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 27 replies
    U-T San Diego ^ | April 26, 2014 | Dan McSwain
    Despite the predictions of fortune tellers in politics and think tanks, we won’t know for years whether the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, will ultimately leave people sicker or healthier, richer or poorer. Yet already the law, coming on top of previous legislation, is speeding the demise of an American small-business institution; the one-doctor medical practice.
  • Non-EU Doctors Can Be a Risk for Patient Safety, Research Says

    04/24/2014 3:12:13 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 4 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 19 April 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    The recent news that doctors trained outside the EU perform remarkably worse than others on key exams and performance reviews has created fears and lack of trust in doctors. This is the result of a study commissioned by the General Medical Council and carried out by the University College London and University of Cambridge, published in the British Medical Journal - the most rigorous study to date – , and a research by Durham University also published in the BMJ. Non-EU-trained doctors make up a quarter of the NHS medical workforce. We’ve repeatedly – in fact, whenever there is...
  • Nonpayment of ObamaCare Premiums Could Cost Doctors

    04/24/2014 8:24:51 AM PDT · by lbryce · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 24, 2014 | Jim Angle
    While the debate continues over how many ObamaCare enrollees are actually paying their premiums, one aspect of the law temporarily rewards those who actually stop paying – and doctors may wind up bearing the cost. “This law provides a 90-day grace period for people who have subsidized ObamaCare exchange plans and stopped paying their premium," said Betsy McCaughey, health care author and former New York lieutenant governor. But the insurance companies are only obligated to cover the first 30 days of the 90-day grace period
  • States: Spike in Tax Fraud Against Doctors

    04/22/2014 1:00:39 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 4 replies
    KrebsOnSecurity ^ | 04/22/2014 | Krebs
    An unusual number of physicians in several U.S. states are just finding out that they’ve been victimized by tax return fraud this year, KrebsOnSecurity has learned. An apparent spike in tax fraud cases against medical professionals is fueling speculation that the crimes may have been prompted by a data breach at some type of national organization that certifies or provides credentials for physicians. Scott Colby, executive vice president of the New Hampshire Medical Society, said he started hearing from physicians in his state about a week ago, when doctors who were just filing their tax returns began receiving notices from...