Sorry about the delay. Had a few “rock” issues to take care of over the weekend.
The number of uninsured patients in North Carolina increased by 22% in five years – more than double the rate of rise in population. The article touted the Affordable Care Act as a way to decrease the number of uninsured.
People are still making the false assumption that health care insurance is the same thing as health care access. It isn’t. Just ask the people in Illinois and Hawaii. “Insurers” can drop you without any prior notification if you don’t have the correct paperwork. Just ask the poor kids in Pennsylvania.
And if you have health “insurance,” the insurance companies just may raise rates so high that you are priced out of coverage. Then you have nothing.
Best advice: Don’t get sick and don’t get into accidents. Then you’ll be happy with your “insurance” coverage.
Maine doctor loses $1.9 million verdict after jury decides that he prescribed too much methadone to a patient with chronic back pain causing the patient to stop breathing in her sleep.
This case linked to a second methadone overdose judgment for $244,000 in February.
Housekeeping … to the ER … STAT. Four foot “tsunami” of water and ice busts through basement door of Norfolk hospital, causing flooding throughout department. Cause of flooding is blocked drain outside the door. This is definitely a patient safety issue. Look for the Medical Marijuana Advocates to now require paperwork demonstrating that drains within a 500 foot radius of the hospital have been examined and cleansed every 30 days.
You thought “pink slime” was bad? Wait until you see what is in white slime. Now I remember why I don’t eat red meat products.
Hey Gramps! Put away your medications, will ya? 23% of grandparents leave their prescription medications where children can easily find them … which contributes to the high number of unintentional poisionings of grandchildren in this country.
Here’s a kicker, though. The article says that two thirds of adults support creating new laws to require single-dose packaging of medications which would make it more difficult for kids to overdose.
Seriously? Laws that allow us to be less responsible?
Why not just ask JCAHO? The obvious way to solve this problem is to ban grandparents.
Rise of the Machines. Da Vinci robotic surgical system blamed for killing patient after electrical current from robotic arm causes burns to artery and intestines during routine hysterectomy.
Plaintiff attorney argues that the doctors may not have been to blame: “It may help the doctors to learn they were not really at fault, that it was the machine.”
The Da Vinci’s Clarence Darrow robotic attorney was not available for comment.
Jacksonville, NC columnist complains about waiting for care in hospital emergency department then complains about paying for her care. A “fresh hell” of a waiting room, a “deserted” treatment area, and the potential for a “stockade” in the back for patients who don’t pay their bills.
Because health care should be perfect, fast and free of charge. Who cares about the engineer’s triangle?
Stress tests in healthy adults, x-rays in healthy patients before surgery, sinus CT scans and antibiotics for sinusitis, advanced imaging in early breast/prostate cancer. All of these are now considered “unnecessary” medical care by some medical groups.
Let them put their money where their collective mouths are. If a doctor doesn’t perform these “unnecessary” tests and is later sued for missing something because the test wasn’t performed, will the groups pay for all the doctor’s legal fees and for any judgements against the doctor?
Didn’t think so.
JAMA study gives another example of how those medicines that we prescribe aren’t harmless. People taking Levaquin, Cipro, Avelox or other fluoroquinolones are 4.5 times more likely to have retinal detachment than patients not taking the medications. This plus a risk of tendon ruptures? Look for the government to soon save us from ourselves and restrict use of fluoroquinolones.
Bizarre story of the week. Restaurant manager gets into argument outside of a different restaurant. Woman then attacks him with a pair of Louboutin heels, “cracking his skull” and sending him to the emergency department (which is how this story showed up on my news feed). Then … the restaurant manager tweets a picture of the attacker and offers $500 to anyone that identifies her. She was found a few days later.
Fights over whether Wyoming hospitals need to have emergency departments. Two Casper, WY hospitals want to close their emergency departments. County commissioners balked at the idea. Without an emergency department, the hospitals “have no responsibility to care for the indigent.”
Since when did providing care for indigent patients become the responsibility of private businesses?
Controversial article that raises a difficult point: Should society be subsidizing the care of the irresponsible among us? Heated comments discussion. How would such a policy address someone driving 100 MPH without a seatbelt who gets into a car accident?