Blog Posts in August, 2009

  • Primary Care Has Become Secondary for Doctors

    || 25-Aug-2009

    A recent story in USA Today outlines the decline in the number of doctors practicing family medicine. Apparently medical students and doctors think specializing will bring more money and perhaps more prestige than entering primary care. The American Academy of Family Physicians reports that the percentage of medical school graduates selecting primary care has declined about 52 percent since 1997. ...
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  • And Another Preventable Death...

    || 20-Aug-2009

    I know we’ve covered preventable deaths quite a bit lately, but the issue just doesn’t go away, and in this climate where the health care debate seems to be the most common topic of conversation, don’t you find it timely? I urge you again to read the Dead by Mistake series by Hearst Newspapers, which is what I was reading when I came across this story about another preventable ...
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  • Hospital Horrors

    || 17-Aug-2009

    Another excellent story in the Seattle PI sheds some light on the state of our nation’s hospitals. The article is full of frightening statistics about medical errors and preventable deaths. I used to think hospitals must be among the safest places to be, but now I am not so sure. Before I scare you with some figures, here’s another scary thing: you would think that something as ...
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  • Just Say No to Doctors Who Overprescribe

    || 14-Aug-2009

    You hear a lot about patients who seek drugs from doctors, but you don’t hear as much about doctors overprescribing drugs (“as much,” I said. We’ve previously discussed the Payette Clinic and its alleged overprescription of narcotics). Perhaps this is because most of us trust that doctors only prescribe medications that we really need. Why, after all, would a doctor want to ...
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  • Aja Gerrity

    || 11-Aug-2009

    Aja Gerrity, a sweet, kind, smart, funny, talented, seventeen year old girl died yesterday in a car accident. Aja was a client of mine. She was headed to NY to go to college for her love of music and performing arts. Aja was driving the car and three other people in Aja’s car died. All were recent graduates of Ridgefield High. I did not know the other kids but if they were friends of Aja ...
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