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  • 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....
  • How Being a Doctor Became the Most Miserable Profession

    04/15/2014 5:13:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 75 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 04/15/2014
    Nine of 10 doctors discourage others from joining the profession, and 300 physicians commit suicide every year. When did it get this bad? By the end of this year, it’s estimated that 300 physicians will commit suicide. While depression amongst physicians is not new—a few years back, it was named the second-most suicidal occupation—the level of sheer unhappiness amongst physicians is on the rise. Simply put, being a doctor has become a miserable and humiliating undertaking. Indeed, many doctors feel that America has declared war on physicians—and both physicians and patients are the losers. Not surprisingly, many doctors want out....
  • Obama nominates 36-year-old Indian-American physician to be US surgeon general

    11/15/2013 7:04:41 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 41 replies
    The Times of India ^ | 11/15/2013 | Chidnand Rajghatta
    WASHINGTON: US President Obama on Thursday nominated Indian-American physician Vivek Murthy, who is only 36, to be surgeon general of the United States. The position, if confirmed by the Senate as required, will make Murthy the leading spokesperson on matters of public health in the US and the operational head of the 6500-strong US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, one of the seven uniformed services of the United States that includes army, navy, air force and marines.
  • ‘ABSOLUTE INSANITY’: Practicing physician slams Obamacare’s damaging effects on patient relationship

    11/03/2013 7:02:50 PM PST · by markomalley · 41 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/3/2013 | Ginni Thomas
    Practicing physicians like orthopedic surgeon Dr. Robert Nirschl, who have watched politicians and health policy for decades, are experiencing first-hand the effects of Obamacare — something Nirschl calls “absolutely insanity.”“It is in fact socialized medicine, and the other issue is, of course, this is a huge transference of productive wealth,” the Washington, D.C.-area doctor said.He opposes the law for two primary reasons: 1) Americans are losing the insurance they had before, and 2) doctors must comply with a morass of paperwork requirements that adds no value to the doctor-patient relationship.“The patient is stuck two ways,” Nirschl said. “Number one, the...
  • Former bin Laden Doctor Reportedly heads al Qaeda in the Sinai Peninsula

    09/05/2013 2:33:38 AM PDT · by Cindy · 5 replies
    THE LONG WAR JOURNAL ^ | July 17, 2013 | David Barnett
    SNIPPET: "Egyptian security forces have reportedly arrested a number of jihadists operating in the Sinai Peninsula who are linked to Ramzi Mowafi, a former physician for Osama bin Laden. Sources have told Egyptian media outlets that Mowafi's group has been responsible for numerous attacks in the Sinai over the past two years. Among those recently arrested are a Yemeni and a Palestinian who were found in the possession of maps and laptops. In August 2011, Egyptian security officials told CNN that Mowafi, who is also thought to be an explosives expert, was spotted in the Sinai. At the time, Mowafi,...
  • My doctor considering going to "concierge" service

    04/16/2013 3:15:05 PM PDT · by rstrahan · 85 replies
    04/16/2013 | Self
    Got a survey on behalf of my physician. Now, I've been a patient for over 25 years. But from the sound of the questioning, he is considering closing his primary care operation and going to a concierge, cash-only physician operation ("Royal Pains" style, if you're familiar with the tv show). So, if he does, he'll have the cream of the local populace, and us who rely on private insurance and Medicare will be looking for another doctor. Just another thank-you to Obama-care.
  • Suspect in urologist killing had prostate trouble-Urologist shot dead in examining room

    01/29/2013 1:18:46 PM PST · by njslim · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | SHAYA TAYEFE MOHAJER
    NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - A 75-year-old retired barber was jailed Tuesday for investigation of killing a urologist in his exam room, but police have not yet released a motive. Stanwood Fred Elkus of Lake Elsinore was arrested following the Monday afternoon attack and held on $1 million bail, according to the county jail website. .
  • Doctor shot dead by patient during exam

    01/29/2013 9:31:02 AM PST · by grumpygresh · 35 replies
    AP ^ | January 29, 2013 | SHAYA TAYEFE MOHAJER
    <p>NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- A doctor was fatally shot in an examination room of an Orange County medical office, and the man who police believe shot him was taken into custody in the same room without a struggle, authorities said.</p>
  • A Physician’s New Reality: Patients Ask Me to Break the Law

    11/24/2012 8:49:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 93 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/24/2012 | Dr. Peter Weiss
    Obama won, Obamacare is the law, and, as my wife says, I will just have to learn to dance to a new song. Now, don’t get me wrong, Obamacare is awful. Forget all the “free stuff” it provides. Children covered on their parents’ plan until 26 years of age? A scam, making young adults — excuse me, children — pay for complete, comprehensive health insurance when all they need and should pay for is major catastrophe insurance. Then there is the “annual ” or “preventative” exam, which according to Obamacare is “free.” You gotta love this stuff. I wish I...
  • Dr. Conrad Murray Found Guilty Of Involuntary Manslaughter Of Michael Jackson

    11/07/2011 1:28:22 PM PST · by Biggirl · 41 replies
    http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/ ^ | November 7,2011 | CBS Los Angeles
    LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Conrad Murray has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson. A jury of seven men and five women, deliberated for less than two days before convicting Murray in Jackson’s 2009 death. Jurors had 300 pieces of evidence to consider after listening to 49 witnesses and complex medical testimony during the six-week trial.
  • ADVANCE YOUR WORSHIP TO ADVANCE IN ME( JESUS) !

    10/20/2011 5:32:42 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 26 replies
    ADVANCE YOUR WORSHIP TO ADVANCE IN ME( JESUS) ! I desire to see an advance in your worship for Me to advance you in My spirit , for as My Word I inhabit the praises of My people but it is in your true worship of Me that I move and dwell and you have "My being" as Samuel and David , for they knew Me "AS ONE" and it is in this oneness I desire for you to inhabit , Yeah ~ " Dwell " . So be as little children and as My spirit moves you " DO...
  • New tactics for diversity: Creating doctors from all racial, ethnic groups

    10/14/2010 1:29:06 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 28 replies
    American Medical News ^ | Oct. 4, 2010 | Carolyne Krupa
    Nineteen-year-old Rhoda Asimeng has dreamed of becoming a physician since she was 13. She helped care for her two parents, both of whom were diagnosed with cancer when she was a junior in high school. Her father died of pancreatic cancer in 2009. Her mother was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, which is now in remission. "My parents having cancer, and really seeing what they have had to go through, I realized that helping somebody was something I really wanted to do," said Asimeng, now a pre-med sophomore at Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y. "I definitely want to become a doctor....
  • It's Hard to Make a Doctor (We should not take for granted that doctors will always be there)

    03/26/2010 7:15:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 105 replies · 1,358+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 03/26/2010 | Richard Hailey
    Last spring, I attended my son's medical school graduation. As I proudly watched his class receive their M.D. degrees, I was reminded of all the years of preparation for that day. The academic requirements started early. A child who falls behind in grade school or high school will not become a doctor. Of all the ambitious new college freshmen that choose the "pre-med" track, the majority do not make it. The academic and financial demands through college, and the intense competition for medical school acceptance, insure that only the highest achievers will be successful. The application process is incredibly challenging....
  • ObamaCare Will Effectively Bar New Physician-Owned Hospitals

    03/25/2010 6:42:15 AM PDT · by Slyscribe · 27 replies · 874+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 3/24/2010 | David Hogberg
    There are currently 60 to 65 physician-owned hospitals under construction. Those that aren't finished and don't have a Medicare provider number by Aug. 1 (Dec. 31 if the reconciliation bill passes) will probably never open their doors. Without a provider number, such hospitals can't treat Medicare patients, which are usually essential to financial survival. The feud over physician-owned hospitals has been boiling for many years. The American Hospital Association, along with key lawmakers such as Rep. Pete Stark, D-Calif., Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa and Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., have made numerous efforts to curtail physician-owned hospitals. In 2003, Grassley won...
  • Church to celebrate feast of first modern medical doctor ever canonized

    11/15/2009 4:37:49 AM PST · by mlizzy · 193+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 11-15-09 | Staff
    CNA STAFF, Nov 15, 2009 / 04:45 am (CNA).- On November 16, the Church will celebrate the feast of St. Joseph Moscati, the first modern medical doctor to be canonized. Born on July 25, 1880 in Benevento, Italy, he lived out the Gospel through his position as a teacher and physician. There are a number of stories of Dr. Moscati paying close attention to the state of his patient's soul as well as the body, sometimes even bringing the patient back to the sacraments. The Catholic understanding of body and soul clearly informed his understanding of illness and medicine....
  • New York physician named Catholic Doctor of 2009

    09/25/2009 1:10:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies · 376+ views
    cna ^ | September 25, 2009
    Los Angeles, Calif., Sep 25, 2009 / 07:24 am (CNA).- The Mission Doctors Association will recognize a New York physician as the Catholic Doctor of 2009 for his significant volunteer work.The association will present its World of Difference Award to Michael A. Fitzgerald, M.D., at the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ White Mass on October 18 at Holy Family Church in South Pasadena, California.Dr. Fitzgerald, who is from Liverpool, New York, is being recognized for his commitment to his community, a Mission Doctors Association press release says. He is a volunteer with the Poverello Clinic, a free clinic for the uninsured,...
  • RomneyCare Redux (IBD Exclusive Series: Government-Run Healthcare: A Prescription For Failure)

    08/24/2009 5:13:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies · 808+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 24, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Reform: If Massachusetts is any guide, the passage of ObamaCare is almost certain to increase demand and worsen the shortage of doctors. Access to health care doesn't mean much if there's no doctor to provide it.Suppose health care reform passes and all are insured, by force or otherwise. The U.S. will be short 124,400 front-line physicians by 2025, according to the Association of Medical Colleges. That does not include the 15,585 new primary-care providers the administration plan is estimated to require. The Massachusetts reforms enacted in 2006, designed to provide universal coverage, provide an insight into what we might expect...
  • Health Care Reform Could Cause Physician Shortages

    05/13/2009 5:32:18 PM PDT · by McQ · 127+ views
    Examiner.com ^ | 5-13-09 | Bruce McQuain
    Consumers went away in March, and stayed away in April. Anyone looking for further validation that the economy is on the mend didn't find it in the April U.S. retail sales numbers out of the Commerce Department this morning. Sales fell 0.4% from the prior month, far exceeding the economist consensus expectation of 0.1%. This is the second month in a row of declining sales. Sales in March were revised down, decreasing 1.3% instead of 1.2%. That means the turn around from January and February, when sales rose, was far sharper than earlier reported. Sales had fallen for the last...
  • Jacksonville physician: teen girls are stupid, promiscuous

    02/09/2009 1:55:19 PM PST · by Roger_Wildcat · 46 replies · 2,530+ views
    Florida Times-Union ^ | Feb. 7, 2009 | By Paul Pinkham
    A Jacksonville physician caught traveling to meet a 15-year-old girl for sex told police his explicit online chats with teenage girls revealed their stupidity and America’s immorality. Irfan Nawaz, 32, said he chatted with who he thought were eight to 10 teenage girls and laughed to himself about how stupid and promiscuous they were, according to his 2008 confession played in court Friday...
  • Funeral honors Moorestown [NJ] surgeon killed in Iraq

    01/05/2009 8:24:03 AM PST · by Incorrigible · 9 replies · 668+ views
    Newark Star Ledger ^ | 1/5/2009 | AP Via Star Ledger
    Funeral honors Moorestown surgeon killed in Iraq by The Associated Press A funeral service will be held this morning for a prominent New Jersey surgeon from who was killed in Iraq.The funeral for Army Maj. John P. Pryor is scheduled for 10 a.m. in Philadelphia's Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. Pryor died Christmas Day when a mortar round hit near his living quarters in Iraq. John Pryor, center, at work at the University of Pennsylvania trauma center in Philadelphia in 2007. The 42-year-old married father of three was a trauma surgeon at the Hospital of the University of...
  • Fewer doctors, more waiting

    12/02/2008 9:32:16 PM PST · by george76 · 76 replies · 1,363+ views
    The Portland Tribune ^ | Aug 8, 2008 | peter korn
    Lack of primary care physicians boosting health costs, hassles. There were days last fall when Gabrielle McGrew felt she must be the most popular physician in Oregon – and she hadn’t even begun practicing. McGrew is one of only three graduating residents who are choosing to practice primary care medicine, and the only one in Portland. Most of the other 31 internal medicine residents are taking fellowships that likely will lead to careers as specialists. the long-term implications of the growing shortage of primary care doctors could be a disaster, experts say, given the steadily growing number of senior citizens...
  • Error leads to mistrial for doctor, Bloomfield physician accused of illegal prescriptions

    08/21/2007 2:30:54 PM PDT · by Coleus · 11 replies · 895+ views
    star ledger ^ | August 18, 2007 | JEFF WHELAN
    Federal prosecutors had what looked like a solid case against Joan Jaszczult, a Bloomfield doctor accused of writing Oxycontin and Percocet prescriptions for a ring that resold the drugs on the streets for huge profits. They had secret recordings by informants and undercover agents, a line of alleged co-conspirators waiting to testify against her, and even an eye-popping motive: she needed the cash, they said, to help pay $100,000 in plastic surgery bills. But four days after the trial opened, prosecutors suffered a devastating setback. The presiding judge, U.S. District Judge Stanley Chesler, ruled the government had improperly introduced a...
  • Mother Ought to Have Aborted Conjoined Twins Says Columnist Dr. W. Gifford-Jones

    05/20/2007 11:07:34 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 43 replies · 1,494+ views
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | May 18, 2007 | Hilary White
    VERNON, British Columbia, May 18, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Canadian physician and writer, Dr. Ken Walker, has upset a BC family after he wrote in a column that their two conjoined baby girls ought to have been aborted to avoid being seen as “freaks of nature.”Walker, a syndicated columnist under the pen name Dr. W. Gifford-Jones, called the twins’ mother, Felicia Simms, “irrational” and suggested she should have had an abortion. Walker wrote, “Physically they are destined for ill health, lying on their backs forever. They will become obese and develop the myriad of diseases that accompany this problem. Their...
  • US Palliative Care Academy Drops Opposition to Assisted Suicide

    03/08/2007 4:17:29 PM PST · by wagglebee · 24 replies · 501+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 3/8/07 | Gudrun Schultz
    GLENVIEW, Illinois, March 8, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The leading US authority on palliative care has adopted a position of “studied neutrality” on the issue of physician-assisted suicide, following on the heels of a similar statement released by the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association in November. The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine released a policy statement following approval by the AAHPM board of directors on Feb.14, 2007. “The AAHPM recognizes that deep disagreement persists regarding the morality of PAD,” the document states. “Sincere, compassionate, morally conscientious individuals stand on either side of this debate. AAHPM takes a position...
  • When Young Doctors Strut Too Much of Their Stuff

    11/21/2006 6:03:52 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 73 replies · 4,311+ views
    New York Times ^ | 21 November 2006 | Erin M. Marcus M.D.
    MIAMI, Nov. 20 — When I was a new faculty physician, I worked with a resident doctor who was smart and energetic and took excellent care of her patients. There was just one problem. As she delivered her thoughtful patient presentations to me and the other attending doctors, it was hard not to notice her low-cut dress. “You two have to say something to her,” one of my male colleagues said to me and another female doctor one afternoon. But while none of us would have hesitated to intervene had she prescribed the wrong drug for a patient, we felt...
  • Conviction Of McLean Pain Doctor Overturned

    08/23/2006 8:43:50 AM PDT · by STD · 31 replies · 617+ views
    Washington Post ^ | August 23, 2006 | Jerry Moron
    Conviction Of McLean Pain Doctor Overturned Appeals Court Says Judge Erred in Jury Instructions A federal appeals court threw out the conviction of William E. Hurwitz yesterday, granting the prominent former Northern Virginia pain-management doctor a new trial because jurors were not allowed to consider whether he prescribed drugs in good faith. The decision again galvanized the national debate that the Hurwitz case had come to symbolize: whether fully licensed doctors prescribing legal medication to patients in chronic pain should be subject to prosecution if their patients abuse or sell the drugs. Patient advocate groups strongly supported Hurwitz and expressed...
  • Physician Shortage Looms, Risking a Crisis, as Demand for Care Explodes

    06/04/2006 6:02:02 AM PDT · by drellberg · 37 replies · 780+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 4, 2006 | Lisa Girion
    "A looming doctor shortage threatens to create a national healthcare crisis by further limiting access to physicians, jeopardizing quality and accelerating cost increases. Twelve states — including California, Texas and Florida — report some physician shortages now or expect them within a few years. Across the country, patients are experiencing or soon will face shortages in at least a dozen physician specialties, including cardiology and radiology and several pediatric and surgical subspecialties."
  • Army recruiting for physician assistants

    01/28/2006 12:03:30 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 343+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Jan 26, 2006 | Ann Erickson
    ARLINGTON, Va.(Army News Service, Jan. 26, 2006) – The Army is short about 100 physician assistants and is stepping up attempts to recruit both civilians and Soldiers to do the job. This marks the first time that the Army Medical Department, or AMEDD, has recruited civilians for the Interservice Physician Assistant Program, said Capt. James Jones, IPAP program manager. He said the Army’s modularity and high operations tempo contributed to this change. “The Army plans on filling the shortages by increasing the number of students in the IPAP - this year we are training 92 Army students versus 60,” he...
  • Medical Association to Install New Officers

    01/21/2006 9:24:44 PM PST · by anymouse · 1 replies · 674+ views
    Galveston Daily News ^ | January 21, 2006
    The Galveston County Medical Society, the professional association for Galveston County physicians, will install new officers Jan. 26. Congressman Ron Paul will be the keynote speaker for the event, which will be held at Gaido’s Seafood Restaurant in Galveston. Robin Armstrong will be installed as president. He grew up in this area and is a 1987 graduate of La Marque High School. He currently works at Mainland Medical Center as a hospitalist. Armstrong serves on the Board of Directors of the Texas Medical Association’s Political Action Committee and is on the Council of Constitution and Bylaws for the TMA. He...
  • Woman Files Complaint After Doctor Tells Her She's Obese

    08/22/2005 6:54:25 PM PDT · by Ellesu · 115 replies · 5,620+ views
    kcra.com ^ | 08/22/05
    New Hampshire Doctor Outraged By Complaint ROCHESTER, N.H. -- The New Hampshire attorney general is investigating a Rochester doctor because a patient complained that he bluntly told her she needed to lose weight. Dr. Terry Bennett said that he's outraged by what he calls a baseless complaint. A patient was apparently insulted when Bennett told her that she was obese and could only get healthier by losing weight. "It's an epidemic in the United States, and it's croaking us," Bennett said. Bennett said that it's a lecture he gives to many of his overweight patients. "It's your weight, ... and...
  • Judge gives drug-dealing doc two years' probation (largest supplier of Tylenol 3 in country)

    07/21/2005 8:52:38 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 42 replies · 1,031+ views
    Citizen's Voice (Wilkes-Barre, PA) ^ | 7/21/2005 | Edward Lewis
    A 78-year-old doctor from West Pittston who earned up to $4,000 a day by illegally prescribing and selling controlled substances to drug dependent patients was sentenced to two years' probation Wednesday. Dr. Harry Alexanderian, Susquehanna Avenue, will be required to stay at home for the first six months while wearing an ankle bracelet. The sentence imposed by Luzerne County Senior Judge Gifford S. Cappellini angered at least one mother who said Dr. Alexanderian was treating her son. "My son was one of his victims," the mother said. "My sentence for him would be scrubbing toilets in a treatment facility." His...
  • Doctor Files Lawsuit Against Don Imus

    07/11/2005 4:28:15 PM PDT · by Liberty Valance · 125 replies · 3,303+ views
    Newsday/AP ^ | 7-11-05 | SAMUEL MAULL
    NEW YORK -- A doctor who once cared for sick children at Don Imus' New Mexico ranch has sued the tart-tongued radio personality for slander, claiming he made false derogatory comments about him on his "Imus in the Morning" show. Dr. Howard Allen Pearson says in court papers that on at least four days last year, Imus said Pearson "was one of the worst doctors in the world and did not care if children suffered." Pearson's lawsuit says Imus apparently misunderstood the physician's response to a morning call to treat a child for pain in July 2004. Pearson left the...
  • Schiavo neurologist views Alzheimer patients as physician-assisted "suicides"

    04/04/2005 6:33:25 AM PDT · by MikeEdwards · 49 replies · 1,357+ views
    CFP ^ | April 4, 2005 | Judi McLeod
    Years before he categorized Terri Schindler Schiavo in the persistent vegetative state, which led to her death by dehydration, neurologist Dr. Ronald Cranford was building the case for removing feeding tubes from society’s vulnerable. "…The United States has thousands or tens of thousands of patients in vegetative states; nobody knows for sure exactly how many," Cranford wrote in a 1997 Minneapolis Star Tribune opinion piece titled: When a feeding tube borders on the barbaric. (WorldNetDaily. Com, March 23, 2005). "But before long, this country will have several million patients with Alzheimer’s dementia. The challenges and costs of maintaining vegetative state...
  • Malpractice Debate shuts down senate. (Illinois)

    03/18/2005 7:11:35 AM PST · by Ravi · 4 replies · 356+ views
    Southern Illinoisian ^ | 3/18/05 | Caleb Hale
    SOUTHERN ILLINOIS - Democrats and Republicans shouted at each other into an early shutdown of the Senate Thursday in Springfield over State Sen. Dave Luechtefeld's medical malpractice bill. Now, Luechtefeld, R-Okawville, fears the measure will be hopelessly lost in a committee backlog. Senate Bill 150 was postponed in a judiciary committee hearing Tuesday. The measure was never called for discussion, even though several physicians came to Springfield to testify on it. Luechtefeld said he suspected the committee, headed by State Sen. John Cullerton, D-Chicago, was stalling and trying to keep the bill from getting to the Senate floor. When Senate...
  • Missouri lawmakers pass lawsuit limits.

    03/17/2005 6:58:59 AM PST · by Ravi · 10 replies · 499+ views
    St. Louis Today ^ | 3/16/05 | David Lieb
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Legislators delivered Gov. Matt Blunt the two pillars of his pro-business agenda Wednesday -- passing bills limiting injury claims in the state's courts and workers' compensation system. Business groups reveled in the victory -- the culmination of a three-year effort frustrated in the past by Democratic Gov. Bob Holden but embraced enthusiastically by Missouri's new Republican governor. "At long last!" declared a broadly smiling Dan Mehan, president of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry. "It truly means that Missouri is open for business again." But labor unions, plaintiffs attorneys and many Democrats predicted injured...
  • Tort Reform will butcher "do no harm" (barf alert)

    02/17/2005 7:33:27 AM PST · by Ravi · 17 replies · 426+ views
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | 02/17/05 | Jay Bookman
    The "tort reform" bill approved by the Georgia Legislature and signed into law this week by Gov. Sonny Perdue may prove to be one of the most destructive pieces of legislation enacted in the state in years. Senate Bill 3 cripples the legal system, not accidentally as a wayward scalpel might, but intentionally. It is designed to prevent juries from delivering the justice that they are charged to produce, even in the worst cases of malpractice by doctors and hospitals. Even in the most egregious cases of incompetence or negligence, such as those that end in the unnecessary death or...
  • NavyDoc's Inaugural Adventure W Pics

    02/04/2005 7:17:57 PM PST · by NavyDoc · 164 replies · 4,718+ views
    Hi! For those that don't know me, I met some Freepers on the side of Penn ave. during the inaugeral parade. They were very nice and were in sharp contrast to the unwashed protestors. A brief bio: Enlisted in the USMC as a 0311 back in 1986. Was a rifleman for a year then got an appointment to the Naval Academy. B.S. in English Lit. Naval Flight Officer (re: "Goose") for 5 years then a military scholarship to U. of Michigan in Ann Arbor for medical school. Now a staff anesthesiologist and pain management fellow at NNMC Bethesda and WRAMC...
  • Limits on malpractice awards in final phase (Georgia Tort Reform)

    02/11/2005 6:12:23 AM PST · by Ravi · 2 replies · 255+ views
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | 02/10/05 | Bill Rankin
    Sweeping civil justice legislation that limits medical malpractice jury awards is all but assured of enactment after an agonizingly close vote Thursday in the Georgia House of Representatives. By an 86-85 vote, the House rejected an amendment that would have imposed no limits on jury awards for patients killed or catastrophically injured by a doctor's negligence — a provision opponents said would have gutted the legislation. The House then approved a bill capping jury awards for pain and suffering — beyond recovering lost wages or medical bills — at $350,000, or up to $1.05 million if multiple defendants are found...
  • House passes tort reform with $350K caps (Georgia Tort Reform)

    02/10/2005 12:09:38 PM PST · by Ravi · 11 replies · 1,219+ views
    Atlanta Business Chronicle ^ | 02/10/05 | Ryan Mahoney and Steven Sloan
    The tort reform legislation that has been placed on the fast track by the Republican leadership sailed through the Georgia House of Representatives today, which passed its version of Senate Bill 3 by a 136-34 vote. The measure was the only legislation considered by the House today. It was approved with an amendment limiting noneconomic damages in medical malpractice cases at $350,000 for a single defendant -- $100,000 more than the Senate version would allow -- or up to $1.05 million when multiple defendants are involved. The Senate must now decide whether it will accept the higher caps and an...
  • Ob-gyns see hope in law; Malpractice bill could help premiums (Georgia Tort Reform)

    02/09/2005 1:01:54 PM PST · by Ravi · 12 replies · 504+ views
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | 02/09/05 | ANDY MILLER
    The new math isn't working for Dr. Louis Mameli. Mameli belongs to a Thomaston-based obstetrician-gynecologist practice that's straining to cover eight central Georgia counties. Four years ago, it was a five-doctor practice, with each paying $25,000 for medical malpractice insurance, he says. Dr. Nancy Rampell, a neurologist at DeKalb Medical Center, visits the Capitol to lobby for medical malpractice reform. Now two of the ob-gyns work in other states, and the remaining three doctors pay $95,000 each in malpractice premiums, Mameli says. "My income is down 50 percent,'' he says. Because of liability concerns, Mameli says, the practice avoids taking...
  • Bill Frist reports in from Sri Lanka [1-06-05]

    01/07/2005 1:37:21 PM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies · 546+ views
    Volunteer Political Action Committee.org ^ | 1-06-05 | Bill Frist, Senator
    Thursday, January 6, 2005 11:00pmEarlier this afternoon in a small village in Sri Lanka I hand-delivered $25,000 from the World of Hope Foundation directly to Dr. A. T. Ariyaratne and his wife, founders of the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement, which is now one of the most highly regarded indigenous nongovernmental organization in Sri Lanka. It was our first meeting. But he is a saintly man and a legend in the country. Their focus is children and relief and basic human services, with a very special emphasis on self-development and the psychological impact of disaster. I met him outside on a...
  • A Young Doctor's Hardest Lesson: Keep Your Mouth Shut

    12/28/2004 5:14:54 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 33 replies · 2,113+ views
    NY Times ^ | 28 December 2004 | KENT SEPKOWITZ, M.D
    An unspoken but ever-present issue in the life of any doctor is an immodest, completely nonmedical concern: are doctors boring people? Sober and serious, surely. Respectable and educated, one hopes. A bit stuffy at times, perhaps. But dreary? As a profession, I think we do tend to run on the dry side, though till recently the reason had eluded me. Then, last month, my wife and I bumped into an acquaintance of hers while walking along the street. The person, unbeknownst to my wife, is a patient of mine, someone whom I treat for a chronic infection. After the patient...
  • Doctor Does Partial Abortion

    12/27/2004 6:17:43 PM PST · by Woodworker · 18 replies · 897+ views
    ABC News ^ | 12/24/04 | AP Wire
    MIRAMAR, Fla. Dec 24, 2004 — A doctor whose license was revoked for botching abortions, including leaving fetus parts inside a patient, was arrested on charges he continued to perform the procedures. Robelto A. Osborne, 44, turned himself in to police Wednesday and was released on bond. He was charged with performing medicine without a license, a third-degree felony. The state Department of Health contacted police about Osborne last month after receiving an anonymous tip about Osborne performing abortions at A Gyn Diagnostic Center in Miramar. Telephone calls to the clinic rang unanswered on Friday, and Osborne does not have...
  • Florida Doctor Blasts Senator Edwards in New Book

    10/04/2004 9:29:22 AM PDT · by NewMediaFan · 13 replies · 1,191+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | October 4 | PRNewswire
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Oct. 4 -- Spartacus Press is pleased to announce the release of the new book, "Senator Edwards and the Destruction of American Healthcare," by Glenn W. Knox MD, FACS. It is the first definitive work to criticize Senator Edwards and his positions on healthcare. This book is written for both healthcare professionals and the general public. Did you know: - Senator Edwards used "junk science" theories to win millions of dollars from the healthcare industry in North Carolina. - Most of his campaign funds come from the trial attorneys' lobby. - He even sued the American Red Cross...
  • N. Korea:Kim Jong-il's Personal Physician Escaped... Arrested by Chinese Security(too bad!)

    09/30/2004 10:30:35 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 33 replies · 1,744+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 10/01/04 | N/A
    /begin my translation Kim Jong-il's Personal Doctor Escaped...Arrested by Chinese Security Chosun Ilbo 10/01/04 Kim Jong-il's personal physician, identified only as Mr. Kim in his 60's, recently escaped from N. Korea, only to be arrested by Beijing Public Security of China, reliable Beijing diplomatic sources on N. Korea revealed on 10/01/04, according to Munhwa Ilbo(S. Korean daily). "He was caught a few days ago while hiding in Beijing suburbs. He is now under intensive interrogation, after which he will be forcibly repatriated to N. Korea," the sources said to the paper. They explained, in particular, "Both N. Korean public security(police)...
  • Athens doctor recalled, going to war at age 68

    07/24/2004 5:58:50 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies · 784+ views
    The Decatur Daily ^ | July 18, 2004 | Paul Huggins
    Dr. John Wicks figures he deserves a one-of-a-kind badge the moment he arrives in Iraq next week. That's if the Army recognizes him as the oldest soldier in the war. Though he doesn't know for certain, the odds are favorable that the 68-year-old psychiatrist has blown out more birthday candles than any other serviceman deployed in the Middle East; at least, anyone who doesn't wear a general's star. "It's really not that big a deal," he said of his age, because he stays in shape by routinely riding his bicycle and working out at a gym three days a week....
  • Chesapeake doctor accused of treating patients while drunk

    06/28/2004 8:31:05 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 16 replies · 332+ views
    Virginian-Pilot ^ | 6/29/04 | Cindy Clayton
    The U.S. Attorney’s Office has filed suit against Dr. Sidney Loxley, of Chesapeake, accusing him of being drunk when treating patients, which they believe to be a factor in several deaths. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Norfolk, seeks the forfeiture of the orthopedic surgeon’s Battlefield Boulevard office and his home in the 1800 block of Shillelagh Road. In the suit, federal agents accuse Loxley of improperly prescribing narcotics and of conducting financial transactions with proceeds gained from illegal activity. Federal drug investigators searched Loxley’s home and office last week and seized thousands of patient records and other...
  • TMA endorses funding for stem cell research

    06/30/2004 4:25:51 PM PDT · by hocndoc · 51 replies · 925+ views
    Fort Worth Star Telegram/AP wire ^ | June 30, 2004 | Jim Vertuno
    TMA endorses funding for stem cell research JIM VERTUNO Associated Press AUSTIN - The largest doctors group in President Bush's home state has endorsed embryonic stem cell research and says federal funding should be restored for new studies to combat disease. The Texas Medical Association, the country's largest state physician organization with more than 39,000 members, recently adopted a resolution supporting embryonic and adult stem cell research and a process called "therapeutic cloning," but said it would oppose cloning to produce a human child. The endorsement was publicized in the TMA's monthly magazine released Wednesday. Federal help for embryonic stem...
  • As Doctors Write Prescriptions, Drug Company Writes a Check

    06/26/2004 11:13:17 PM PDT · by neverdem · 30 replies · 1,793+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 27, 2004 | GARDINER HARRIS
    <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"/> June 27, 2004 As Doctors Write Prescriptions, Drug Company Writes a CheckBy GARDINER HARRIS he check for $10,000 arrived in the mail unsolicited. The doctor who received it from the drug maker Schering-Plough said it was made out to him personally in exchange for an attached "consulting" agreement that required nothing other than his commitment to prescribe the company's medicines. Two other physicians said in separate interviews that they, too, received checks unbidden from Schering-Plough, one of the world's biggest drug companies. "I threw mine away," said the first doctor, who spoke on...
  • Lubbock Doctor Voluntarily Surrenders License Amid Sex Abuse Allegations

    06/18/2004 7:55:03 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 3 replies · 744+ views
    Lubbock, TX, Avalanche-Journal ^ | 06-18-04 | Davis, John
    Doctor voluntarily surrenders license amid sex abuse allegations By JOHN DAVIS AVALANCHE-JOURNAL A Lubbock doctor recently agreed to surrender his license to practice medicine permanently to the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners. Dr. Aurelio Miro entered into an agreed order with the board June 4 after allegations were made that he had improper sexual contact with a female patient, according to the board's Web site. However, Miro denied the allegations Thursday evening. "Absolutely, they are bogus," Miro said. "Completely bogus." However, Miro — on the advice of his attorney — said he couldn't discuss the reason why he voluntarily...