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Defining Your Doctor

Doctors reach their level of education through intellectual mastery, raising to the top of the class with superior grades.  They score well on competitive testing getting into medical school fulfilling years of hard work.                           Many have an innate sense to care for fellow human beings, while others want …

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Muzzling the best and brightest

Some of the best and brightest have become doctors.In the realm of medical advancement, physicians have voiced opinions continually raising the technology bar improving healthcare in our country.Over the past decade, I have seen a silencing of opinions as many have come under control of hospitals, the pharmaceutical industry, and insurance companies.   Doctors are now subservient to contracts, act …

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The tortuous healthcare highway

Horror stories in healthcare persist:  Loss of medical coverage during treatment for cancer; denial of a surgical procedure after a mass is found on a mammogram; exorbitant cost of a pill that might cure your potentially fatal illness.Statistics are worsening:  Life Expectancy in the US for the past two years is on a downward trend; our healthcare ranking is just …

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Doctor’s Diary: Caregiver Burnout

Your in-need elder senior may be a spouse, family member, or friend.  They might be physically or mentally challenged, yet still require trips to the beauty salon, laundering clothes, or even fingernail cutting.  From simple to complex, you are now responsible to care for them and sustain their quality of life.Here are some suggestions.Take care of yourself first:  -Be patient …

As medical professionals, we are expected to care for all patients no matter their gender, race, religion, or economic status.  Sometimes there are lessons that can be subtle.West Los Angeles paramedics brought him in as a pedestrian victim of hit-and-run, breaking his leg.  He was about 80 years old, no ID found, appeared disheveled, and speaking gibberish in a language …