Bitten, shot, spat on. A day in the life of a health care worker. Hospitals would be wise to start taking the safety of their employees more seriously. I guarantee that this issue will come to a head in the near future – probably literally and figuratively.
Speaking of health care workers being shot … doctor tells patient and son about patient’s medical condition. Son then becomes upset, pulls out gun, shoots doctor, mother, and himself. Additional stories here and here.
After news of the shooting was published, this eloquent letter to the editor of a Baltimore newspaper emphasized why violence against physicians is escalating. “Stressed patients don’t see doctors as allies; rather as people to fight, manipulate or blame.” “We now seem to be living in a country where death is no longer natural; instead it’s a doctor’s mistake.” If you want some clear insight about why medical care in this country is deteriorating, you have to read this letter.
Lawyer mess up screws injured client. An anomaly, I’m sure. Nevertheless, it’s about time to push for legal care reform.
Annals of Socialized Medicine. A look at care in countries that provide socialized care.
How much is a lack of foreskin worth? Parents sue when baby is inappropriately circumcised after consent form is misread.
Patient gets nothing at trial after allegedly informing doctors of an allergy to morphine and then going into a “psychosis” when given morphine during his hospitalization.
Family sues for “cruel and discriminatory” treatment of man who died in his wheelchair while waiting 34 hours in a Canadian emergency department.
When you need 80 primary care doctors for every 100,000 people and you only have 36 doctors for every 100,000 people, what happens? Hospital emergency department visits increase between 12% and 54%. One California urgent care clinic in the article had an increase in patient volumes of 250%. Oh, and if you don’t want to wait, you can pay 25 bucks to reserve an emergency department appointment at Loma Linda University Medical Center. If you don’t have the $25, you wait in line like everyone else.
If you can’t repeal Obamacare, defund it. So say the Tea Partiers.
Another article showing why it is always necessary to get an itemized copy of your medical bills and to question any charges that don’t seem legitimate. A CT scan of the head for $5,874, $457 for drops that cost about $2/day, and a baby aspirin for $4.07. Yowza.