Category Archive: Follow the Money

Feb 19 2015

Getting Away With Murder? Public Records, New York and Across the US

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This post is two things: 1.  A description of the problem which has to do with money, influence, and once again, it’s the little guy who will lose out. 2.  A call to action for those who live in New York State – where the most egregious of examples is taking place now. (And may …

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Feb 11 2015

Chicken Little, Wishful Thinking and the 24 Hour News Cycle

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One frightening and frustrating trend we’ve seen since the 24-hour news cycle became a reality (meaning – since we have all gotten used to, and expect, to get our news updated at anytime, day or night, everywhere) – credibility has taken a nose dive. We want to think we can count on the “facts” as …

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Aug 14 2014

Top Doctors and Best Hospitals – for a Price

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You mostly see them in airline magazines. But sometimes I see a banner or badge on a doctor’s website, or even a hospital’s billboard. Big proclamations they are!  Dr. Horatio P. Speshultee is a TOP DOCTOR as ranked by some organization or another.  Or ST. HARELDA’S HOSPITAL has been ranked #1! Oh really?  Says who? …

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May 03 2012

Sometimes It’s Better to Just Say No

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Story One: When I was a child (and we’re talking a lo-o-o-ng time ago – when doctors made house calls)… if I got an earache, I would suffer.  REALLY suffer. Mom would drip some warm oil into my ear, and then stuff some cotton in behind it. She’d give me an orange flavored baby aspirin …

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Apr 19 2012

Time to Put a Stop to Drive-by-Doctoring

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As many of my readers know, I speak at meetings and conferences fairly frequently, and most often to groups of patients and caregivers. The focus of the talks I give is usually on a patient empowerment topic – ranging from how to communicate with your doctor, to how to stay safe in the hospital, to …

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