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The Cost of a Cure: What’s the Right Price?

Recently, two significant pharmaceutical breakthroughs have resulted in a renewed debate about the costs of drug therapy. In the last year, a new drug class for the treatment of Hepatitis C has been released by two different manufacturers and has been found to cure a once incurable chronic liver disease for nearly 90% of patients who are treated with a full course of therapy. 612 more words


Doctor MIA? Insurance Issues? Maybe the Answer Lies In "Uber"-Style Medicine?

I know laying out this “business side of medicine” seems a trite & boring discussion that no one should care about. But it’s anything but that.   1,465 more words

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The NICU: Where Babies Are Priority #2

This Buzzfeed post asks why admission rates to this country’s NICUs have rapidly increased since 2007, particularly with full-grown healthy babies. The obvious answer is the correct one: so the hospital can make more money. 749 more words

A High Tech Call Schedule

Typical of many physicians, I have to take turns being on call. This mostly involves taking calls in the evening, at night, and on weekends for my patients, or those in my call group. 357 more words

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So How Long Are You Going to Work for a Living?

So my wife told me about another Vanguard Boglehead discussion, this one about a radiology resident trying to decide whether to go into private practice or academics. 1,034 more words

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What happened to the practice of medicine?

Historically, the practice of medicine was highly regarded and demonstrated a precious connection between physician and patient. One  of mutual admiration, trust, and care. In recent years, those attitudes have changed significantly. 363 more words

Medicare Payment Formula Finally Changed - Win or Loss?

Congress passed a  law in 1977 linking Medicare payments for physician services to growth in the economy.  Because it failed to take into account inflation and other factors, Congress has had to act 17 times to prevents cuts to physician pay under the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula. 254 more words