Tag: medicine

Drug lords and your health, they are not who you think they are and their products are covered by your insurance.

Drug lords and your health, they are not who you think they are and their products are covered by your insurance. When we think of drug lords, or drug wars, for that matter, we often think of the drug rings importing their drugs using drug mules and other methods to move their products. We think of names like El Chapo who has killed thousands of people to maintain their cartels, but the truth is, right here at home, the local drug lords have names like GlaxoSmithKline, or Turing Pharmaceuticals and are large corporations. We have been told we need some Read More »

The painkiller epidemic and you, how our nation got into trouble with Opioids and how you can avoid the chronic pain cycle.

The painkiller epidemic and you, how our nation got into trouble with Opioids and how you can avoid the chronic pain cycle. Chronic pain; millions of people experience this phenomenon and yet, few actually get the help they require.  Opioids was a solution to this problem with a bad side effect; not unlike heroin, people were becoming addicted to these drugs.  The drug reps did a great job of selling doctors on the idea of this miracle pain reliever, without truly understanding the problem they were creating. Now, even President Obama is trying to get the government involved in helping Read More »

Doctors form a union to fight the corporate medical machine

Doctors form a union to fight the corporate medical machine Healthcare costs and efficiencies are all the buzz in hospitals, insurance companies and in the government.   Are the tweaks in efficiency really safe and efficient or will they result in greater costs down the road as corporate medicine attempts to wring out profits from doctors who are seeing more patients while spending less quality of time with them. Years ago, your doctor was willing and able to spend time with you. Today, due to insurance company changes, and low reimbursements, primary doctors are lucky to spend 10 minutes with you or less, Read More »

Are doctors payment incentives ruining health care? Check out this NY Times article.

Are doctors payment incentives ruining health care? Check out this NY Times article. Doctors are faced with numerous forces that are coercing them into certain behaviors that may not necessarily be good for your health. Some doctors are recommending drugs based on your insurers wants, rather than your needs. Others, if they fail to follow a care path to help an insurer meet certain targets that may be detrimental to your health, rather than be helpful to it are penalizing them financially. In other cases, certain hospital systems have production targets. Basically, healthcare is being commoditized, using a one size Read More »