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Can you really choose your own doctor?

Intelligent people differ on whether the new Affordable Health Care Act, also called “Obamacare,” is good for our country. In this posting I hope to address one of the criticisms of Obamacare, namely, that somehow the government will have...

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Get a Second Opinion

Medicine is considered a science. But it takes the skill and experience of a doctor to interpret the scientific evidence in order to diagnose and treat our illnesses. Doctors rely on medical history, physical examination and tests. How your...

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Your Health: Beware of the latest and greatest drugs

The drug industry is huge. Over 3 billion prescriptions are filled in the United States every year. Drugs are advertised on television and in magazines. Have you listened to all the bad side effects that are rattled off on...

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Your Health: Avoid the dangerous doctor

There are bad doctors, just as there are bad lawyers, bad accountants, and bad congressmen. It is extremely difficult to find out if your doctor is “bad”. There are some clear indicia that a doctor may not be the...

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Your Health: Dealing with your doctor and the doctor’s office

Some doctors are great to talk to. They ask questions, they listen and they think. That’s exactly how all of us want our doctors to act. Unfortunately, there are far too many doctors, who do not fall within that...

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Your Health: Your primary care physician

“Team up with the best primary-care doctor you can find.” Medicine in the 21st century is highly compartmentalized. Most doctors are highly specialized: cardiologists, pulmonologists, surgeons, gynecologists, urologists, orthopedists, oncologists to name the most common. Hyper specialization is the...

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Your Health: Ask Questions and then ask more questions

Most of the time will correctly diagnose their patients and provide appropriate treatment. However, like all human beings, doctors can make mistakes. Most of the time mistakes in diagnosing are not a big deal. But, there are times when...

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Your Health: Having a copy of your medical records can save your life

Having now represented individuals injured as the result of medical error for ten years (following 25 years doing corporate litigation), I now have a degree of insight into the medical profession that few non-medical professionals will likely obtain. That...

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Georgia Malpractice Law does not guarantee optimal care for patients

Physicians are required to meet the “Standard of Care”, (“SOC”). In Georgia, that means that degree of care and skill which, under similar circumstances, is ordinarily employed by the medical profession. In other words, the physician must perform services...

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Limitations of Electronic Medical Records Identified in Rand Corporation Study

In our December 17, 2012 entry we discussed, among other things, the numerous problems posed by the use of electronic medical records, which all health care providers will soon be required to use. A report issued recently by the...

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