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Medical Errors

Memo to Congress: Listen to the Patients on National Patient Safety Day

Patrick Malone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Patrick Malone

These advocates have turned their own tragic losses into a crusade to make our hospitals and clinics cleaner and safer, demanding they become more open in dealing with tragic mistakes.

"Anything" Is Not Necessarily Better Than the Health Care We Have Now

Deane Waldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deane Waldman

Health care is considered so sick in the USA that many believe anything is better than what we have now, so let's pass ObamaCare. At least, it is a ...

ObamaCare: Robbing Peter to Pay...No One

Deane Waldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deane Waldman

Recall the commercial: "More taste! Less Filling!" ObamaCare is "More Insurance! Less Care!"

Stop Pay-For-Performance! Start Pay-For-Outcome.

Deane Waldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deane Waldman

The Obama Administration is considering implementing the pay-for-performance approach initiated by the British National Health Service (NHS). But that system has flaws.

Do You Have a "Right" to an Oil Change?

Deane Waldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deane Waldman

Can you have a "right to health care" without any responsibility: both by paying for it and by being an active partner in it?

President Has Gone Over To The Dark Side

Deane Waldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deane Waldman

Obama has succumbed. The lure of the Dark Side was too powerful. Though he acknowledges that "our healthcare system is broken," he points the finger of shame at people: the doctors.

Healthcare Reform: Our Great Opportunity to Fix Primary Care Medicine

Dr. John Neustadt | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. John Neustadt

I believe that in order to fully fix our healthcare system, we must focus on reforming primary care medicine in this country.

Treating the Medical Hit-and-Run

Patrick Malone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Patrick Malone

I wish President Obama could meet one or two of my clients who are victims of medical hit-and-runs.

Address Medical Liability With Science, not Caps: "Standard of Care" is not the Same as Evidence-Based Medicine

Louise Marie Roth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Louise Marie Roth

Many doctors practice in fear of litigation. Some argue this leads to "defensive medicine": medical practices designed to avert the future possibility of malpractice suits, rather than to benefit the patient.

I Am Not A Perp!

Deane Waldman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Deane Waldman

I, along with almost a million doctors, over 2 million nurses, and almost 3 million allied health personnel resent being treated like perps (perpetrators). We are trying to help.

On Healthcare Reform Stimulating the Economy: The Massachusetts Example

Maggie Mahar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Maggie Mahar

Too many proposals for healthcare reform focus solely on universal access and run the risk of sending good money after bad. The question we need to ask is: "Access to what"?

Avoiding healthcare, are we?

Deane Waldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Deane Waldman

Why do we keep avoiding healthcare? Probably the same reasons we avoid talking about death: either we think we can do nothing about it or we are super...

Safety First - NOT!

Deane Waldman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Deane Waldman

There is a recent push in U.S. hospitals to inculcate a "culture of safety." Can anyone be against safety? I can and you be will too, if you want healthcare to improve.

Dennis Quaid Testifies About Twins' Overdose On Capitol Hill

AP | PETE YOST | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

WASHINGTON — Dennis Quaid told Congress on Wednesday of a harrowing, near-fatal drug mix-up in which his newborn twins were administered 1,000 t...