The United States voters have elected a new president and a new legislature, both Republican. Analysts expect major changes in policy and law after 8 years of Democratic control. In a previous post, I outlined then- candidate Donald Trump’s proposals for health care reform, chief of which is repealing the Affordable Care Act (alternately … Continue reading How your health care may change under the new government
Category: the business of health care
Tuesday November 8th, we in the United States will elect a new president. It's been a contentious , bitter campaign and we are all glad it's almost over. But we should also be glad that we have the privilege of open discussion and disagreement and settling our differences by voting for our leaders. I … Continue reading Voting on Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Health Care
This week we celebrated the birth of the United States of America, on July 4th, 1776. Even though the United States does not officially have “socialized” health care, a large proportion of our medical care is funded by the federal government. Even though I know that, I was still surprised by statistics in … Continue reading Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Health Care- an update
(revised on 12/29/2015, new info underlined) Previously I wrote about physician salaries after Medscape magazine reported the annual physician salary survey. In it I explained how doctors are paid and where other health care dollars go. It became one of my most viewed posts. My fellow physician blogger Dr. Kristen Prentis Ott has compiled a report … Continue reading Making a living in health care
A few weeks ago, I posted some general guidelines on when parents should seek medical attention for their children, or even themselves- basically for any urgent or emergent medical situation. But what qualifies as a bona fide emergency warranting a visit to an emergency room or calling 911? To patients, an emergency is any medical … Continue reading Call 911, it’s an emergency! or is it?
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was enacted by the United States Congress in 2010 to guarantee basic health insurance to all citizens. People who object to the ACA ,aka Obama Care, dislike or even fear government involvement in medical care; they consider it interference, control, or even nationalization of the United States … Continue reading Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Health Care
The United States observes National Nurses' Week ; in March there was a national doctors' day, but nurses get 7 days. Maybe that is to reward them for putting up with doctors. Or maybe because people tend to like nurses better than doctors. For whatever reason, it is well deserved. I am a physician because … Continue reading National Nurses’ Week Observance
Most people have an opinion about physician income in the United States. Those outside the profession think doctors are paid a lot of money, maybe too much money, while most physicians feel our incomes are justified, or even not enough. Parade magazine published it's annual salary survey, "What People Earn". Salaries range from nothing for a stay-at-home mom to millions … Continue reading How much money is your physician worth?
For the first time since we married several years ago, my husband and I do not have medical insurance through a private health insurer. Instead we are covered by two United States government programs. By virtue of age and his military service, he qualifies for Medicare and the Veterans Administration (VA) care. As his spouse I … Continue reading “Welcome home and thank you for your service.”
"Since the late 1970s, I have witnessed remarkable technological revolutions in medicine, from CT scans to robot-assisted surgery. But I have also watched as medicine slowly evolved into the domain of technicians, bookkeepers, and clerks." Like Dr. Jeffrey Singer, general surgeon in Phoenix Arizona, so have I. Unlike him, I don't think the medical profession … Continue reading How medical practice changed for me and every other physician in the United States