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Healthcare Updates — 04-15-2013

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More of a free market approach to medical care. Australian private hospitals noting a large uptick in emergency department patients as patients opt to pay for emergency services rather than wait for care at the public hospitals. Some emergency departments are recruiting highly regarded specialists to further increase patient demand for services.

Another article about Australian medical care. Patient goes to hospital complaining of the “worst headache of his life.” In many cases, that translates into doctor speak for “order a head CT scan to rule out bleeding”. The patient had a head CT nine days before going to the emergency department which showed the presence of an aneurysm. He was discharged from the emergency department and died the next day.

More arrests for oxycodone prescriptions. In this case, a physician wrote prescriptions for more than 500,000 pills over 2 years. The prescriptions were filled in New Jersey – even though they were written in New York. Other allegations surfaced as well.
The investigation was sparked by an overdose death where a prescription bottle bearing the doctor’s name was found at the scene.

More Unaffordable Care Act follies. Smoking is considered a “pre-existing condition” under the Act and smokers therefore can’t be charged higher rates than non-smokers for insurance. Which means that non-smokers will be charged even more to cover the cost of treating smokers.
I’m getting the impression that the government wants the insurance industry to fail.
Get your healthcare now while you still have insurance, folks.Final Text

Sounds good my man, seeya soon, ill tw …” The University of Northern Colorado student sending this text message never got to finish it. He was driving while texting, drifted into oncoming traffic, jerked the steering wheel, and rolled his car. He died from the resulting injuries.
His parents published pictures of his phone with the message hoping that they can keep others from texting and driving. I hope that every parent prints this article and discusses it with their children.

3 Responses to “Healthcare Updates — 04-15-2013”

  1. Aesop says:

    I prefer to take the misanthropic view that the demise of Peter Tweeter is a net plus, and would forward his particulars to the website of the Darwin Awards for proper recognition of his services to humanity.

    Bonus points because he only offed himself, and not a busload of schoolchildren or a carload of his friends. That’s taking one for the team.

  2. JustADoc says:

    Not in any way condoing drug trafficing if that is what the NY/NJ doctor was doing, but 500,000 pills over 2 years is not actually that many for a pain doctor to prescribe.
    10 patients/day, 250 days/year with a script for QID is 600,000 pills. It is quite possible for a pain management doctor to reach those numbers legitimately. Though it does appear that in this particular case there is more than just the quantity prescribed that is concerning.

  3. pat says:

    the article regarding the missed aneurysm has nothing to do with the type of healthcare system in place in oz. this could happen here, and probably has.

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