There is a macabre joke about the blindness of modern medicine's reductionistic erudition, and you have likely heard it: "The operation was a great success. Unfortunately, the patient died." That would be a whole lot funnier if it weren't so close to a perilous truth.
Since January of this year, more than half a million people have seen my talk. A small number of people have (rightly) taken me to task for not doing better. But most have been incredibly supportive of my call for health professionals to talk openly about their mistakes.
Dear Savvy Senior: My wife and I live on a pretty tight budget so I like to keep track of our costs as closely as possible. But the medical bills I've received from my knee surgery are vague and confusing, and we think we're being overcharged. What can you tell us?
Helen's shortness of breath forced a trip to the emergency room. Over a seven-day course of treatment Helen was handed from one doctor to the next, accumulating a patchwork team of six doctors who worked sequentially rather than together.
Our experience showed that "doing the right thing" -- appropriate care -- and "doing the right thing right" --- safe and effective care - can become the norm at rural, suburban and big urban teaching hospitals alike.
What do you do when your husband disappears from your bed one night, leaves you with $6 million in debt, and turns out to be a total fraud? If you're Michelle Kramer, you pick yourself up, dust yourself off and get a Ph.D. in psychology.
Patients need competent physicians; doctors need medication, psychotherapy, or both; and, politicians need to focus on reducing medical malpractice. This is the only acceptable way to reduce deaths, injuries, claims and lawsuits.
One of the major accusations against Obama's nominee to head up the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, Dr. Donald Berwick, is that he "loves" Britain's National Health Service. Ergo, he loves socialism, ergo he is a Marxist.