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Another Reason Medical Costs Are So High

Medical Costs have been going up, and up and up. We all know it. There are regular stories in the media. Some complain that if we do not get a handle and medical costs we, as a society, will...

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Your mother was right: Wash your hands

Who among us wasn’t nagged incessantly by their mothers to “wash your hands.”? Who among us wasn’t sent away from the dinner table because we hadn’t washed our hands? Is there anything more basic to hygiene than hand washing?...

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Doctors consider cost of treatment in making medical decisions

Doctors are as aware of the seemingly endless rise in health care costs as the rest of us. Much of this increase is attributable to the introduction of new specialty drugs. Several major medical specialty groups are examining this...

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Court must consider whether expert’s testimony is reliable

The Georgia Court of Appeals has made it easier for people injured by a medical laboratory’s negligence to successfully sue the lab. In Lavelle v. Laboratory Corporation of America, Cathleen Lavelle had a pap smear in 2006 which a...

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Treatment of ovarian cancer by gynecologic oncologists provide women significantly higher survival rates.

Medicine, like most other things in life, has become increasingly complex. That complexity has resulted in increased specialization. While hyper-specialization often results in doctors looking at body parts rather than at the patient as a whole, there are times...

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Honesty is the best policy

Transparency means something is easy to understand, honest and open. Transparency means no secrets. While we hear this term in the context of things the government doesn’t tell its citizens, increased transparency in medicine will likely have many benefits,...

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Another Myth Goes Down the Drain

Earlier this century there was a push, orchestrated by medical associations and insurance companies, to impose what they called “tort reform”. These so-called reforms, including “caps” or the amount that can be recovered for “non-economic” injury only impacted medical...

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Even doctors can be victimized by medical malpractice

Anyone can be the victim of medical malpractice; even doctors. In a remarkable Op-Ed piece published in the New York Times on February 20, 2013, Dr. Frederick S. Southwick, a professor of Medicine at the University of Florida in...

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Georgia General Assembly attempts to eliminate medical practice cases

The Georgia General Assembly has just considered the most pernicious attack yet on the right of injured patients to have their case decided in a court of law by a jury of their peers. SB 141 is the brainchild...

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Don’t be fooled by hospital ads

We are bombarded with advertisements from hospitals such as “Come to our hospital, we’re the best”, or “come to our hospital, you won’t get better care anywhere.” Those types of ads are usually called puffery. However, there is one...

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