I’m hoping I wasn’t the basis for the awesome Simpson’s Doctor!
The only problem is that it’s not true! Doctors are like plumbers: the more we screw up the MORE we get paid! It’s a wonderful system from my end. Some regulations are going into effect to try to stop the incentive to make you sicker so you stay in the hospital longer, but I’m dubious they will be terribly effective. And if you die? We still get paid by Medicare!
Creating disease out of Aging
Nice op/ed about one of the many ways we try to turn aging into a disease. As with most medical interventions, however, there are unintended consequences. Notwithstanding the physical side effects, I’m really opposed to telling an otherwise healthy person that they have a medical “condition.”
I guess “lose weight, get more exercise and eat right” just doesn’t sell billions 😦
Patients’ Costs Skyrocket; Specialists’ Incomes Soar – NYTimes.com.
Great anecdote about one of the ROAD specialties (Radiology, Ophthalmology, Anesthesia and Dermatology). These are the “lifestyle” specialties and are very competitive to get into. Only the smartest medical students with the best scores. They also turn out to be pretty good businessmen, generally making twice what your average pediatrician will get. Read the story to see how they do it and let me know what you think.
Story about kids getting too many supplements and how it was handled at CHOP (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia). I completely agree with the authors.