December 2008 archive

Dec 29 2008

An End Of the Year Revisit — SPTCL and Misdiagnosis

If you’ve read this blog for awhile, then you know 2008 was the year of SPTCL misdiagnoses. SPTCL, subcutaneous panniculitis-like T-cell lymphoma, was the rare and deadly lymphoma that kick-started my work as Every Patient’s Advocate.  I was told I had it.  In fact, I was told by two labs and an oncologist that I …

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Dec 27 2008

When Is An Oath Not a Hippocratic Oath?

Over the past several months I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Dr. Gregory Eastwood. He may claim he is retired, but that would hardly be true. He is the former president of SUNY Upstate Medical University and former interim president of Case Western Reserve University.  Today he teaches bioethics and humanities to medical …

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Dec 18 2008

Is Daschle Really Interested in Our Ideas for Healthcare Reform?

I was excited to hear that the new secretary of Health and Human Services, Tom Daschle, was reaching out to the American people for input on what a reformed healthcare system would look like. Imagine — asking the people who must participate. What a unique and exciting concept! That was… until I actually went to …

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Dec 17 2008

More on Primary Care Challenges

As healthcare reform becomes more and more the topic du-year (and next year, and the year after that — a long time, I’m sure) — this one aspect will become more and more of a challenge:  finding a primary care doctor and/or getting an appointment to see one. In my last post, I cited a …

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Dec 09 2008

Need a Same Day Doctor Appointment? Can’t Make It Happen?

Seven out of ten of the people who read this post will nod their heads in understanding. You’re sick, or you hurt. You need to see your primary care doctor as soon as possible. You call to make an appointment, in hopes you’ll be seen within the next few hours — but NO. Not gonna …

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