The Opioid Crisis has become one of our nation’s biggest healthcare challenges in history. More than two million Americans have become dependent on prescription pain pills and other opioids such as heroin and fentanyl. Drug overdoses are now the leading Read More My Twisted View of Our Nation’s Opioid Crisis
Late last night, I was in the office discussing with a patient how she could get her much-needed high blood pressure medication since the price was $225 a month and her insurance company hadn’t approved it. We had a very Read More Is YOUR Doctor Worth a Coke?
One of the hospitals I trained at caters to the “elites of this world.” Some of these “VIP patients” are celebrities, and some of them are billionaires. What I have noticed about this patient population is that their “care” can be VERY wrong to Read More “VIP Syndrome”: A Hidden Killer of America’s Wealthiest Patients
A Friday during my fellowship training, I was asked by my instructor to go place a dialysis catheter in someone in the ICU. He needed fluid removed because his lungs were becoming congested to the point he couldn’t breathe. I Read More Is There Ever a “Right Time” to Die? A Physician Speaks Out.
“The tragedy of life is not death but what we let die inside of us while we live.” Norman Cousins. Hope matters. As a middle aged doctor, some say I am a bit young to have learned this the hard Read More Why Hope Matters: A Physician Speaks Out
The practice of looking someone up on the Internet is so common that the terms “Google” and “Googling” have entered the dictionary. Millions of people resort to Google every day to find out more about specific individuals–whether it be for Read More Should Doctors GOOGLE Their Patients?
Yesterday I saw a sweet, frail elderly woman in my office. She was 93 years old and had a very good head on her shoulders. She had no signs of dementia and could vividly recall details of our last conversation. Read More Doctors…Are You Bargaining with Potential Killers?
Is there an expected hourly rate for which doctors should be paid? Are doctors worth $60 an hour? Are we worth $80 dollars an hour? Are we worth $600 an hour? I am truly getting confused. I had lived Read More How Much is a Doctor Worth These Days?
I have been practicing medicine for over a decade now and the other day I got a big shocker. On my desk was a box of dark chocolate truffles in a gift bag with a note that said. “Dear Dr. Read More Doctors: Why Do Your Patients Remember You?
What? Is this true? Isn’t it a fact that no one wants to associate with complainers? Aren’t they obnoxious? Aren’t they annoying? Most people don’t want anything to do with a doctor who complains about his job, his patients, Read More Why are the Most Successful Doctors All Complainers?