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Will Doctors unionize?

Dr. David Leffell, the former president of the Yale Medical Group, recently wrote an editorial for the WSJ in which he discussed the unintended consequences of the new healthcare law. Specifically, Leffell discusses what the law is doing to change the practice...

What is concierge medicine?

What is Concierge Medicine? Concierge medicine, boutique medicine and direct practices are all terms used to describe a new form of medicine in which patients pay a doctor directly for enhanced medical care. In return for payment, the patient...

A nasty flu season

As you have all learned by now, this has been a particularly ugly cold and flu season. The flu epidemic hit the country about 5 weeks early this year. Fortunately, this epidemic has peaked and the number of cases is declining. However, you are still at risk of getting...

Electronic medical records save 80-billion-dollars, lol!

Almost 4 years ago, the government announced it would require doctors and hospitals who accept Medicare to implement electronic medical records (EMRs). At the time, I posted a blog about the pitfalls of this decision. I said that EMRs would not save money, and that...

Hope comes in small packages

One thing I have learned as a doctor is that hope – legitimate hope – is often good medicine. It can be a powerful antidote to pessimism and cynicism. It is a tonic without side effects. When situations appear hopeless, it is never wise to give up. It is always better...

Do z-paks really kill?

Many of you have read recent press reports regarding a study that concluded that the commonly used antibiotic called azithromycin, the “Z-Pak”, is associated with an increase in cardiovascular death. Ouch! Really? Since this study was published in the New England...

Spike In Tucson Home Invasions: Are You Prepared?

Over the past several months, I’ve been approached by several patients with concerns about their personal safety and the safety of their family members. Why, might you ask, would your doctor weigh in on this issue?  Throughout history, many doctors have been...

The Twinkie Diet

For those of you who have read my book, Concierge Medicine, you will recall that I talk about health as an asset. To be more precise, your health should be viewed as your most precious asset – something that needs constant attention, just like your financial...

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