Through numerous interviews with physicians and patients I suggest that Stupid Rich People, who feel that more testing and more procedures results in better outcomes, are hurting themselves and driving up the cost of healthcare. These "Stupid Rich People" should be entitled to receive objective and science-based medical care. Their selfishness leaves them ripe for the duplicitous doctors "caring" for them who are all to willing to do unnecessary tests and procedures.
Companies like Press Ganey are now selling the idea that patient surveys, and the consequences of bad ratings for the doctor, will result in improved patient care and better outcomes. If you don't realize where this story is going, here it is in just six minutes.
Like most new devices that require technical expertise the Watchman device can help thousands reduce their risk of stroke. But the device is new, the learning curve to be good at implanting it is significant, and there are too many doctors offering this complex procedure with not enough experience and ability.
In the 1990s a new type of stress test was developed that could be done in just half the time of the usual nuclear stress test. The only problem, that the patients were not told, is that it would result in an exposure of radiation equal to an additional 140 x-rays.
Mr. X thought this might be his last few moments alive when the chest pressure and sweats wouldn't stop. But the response from the Emergency Room was to do just about nothing. He walked out, the next day, and into another Emergency Room...
"Peer Review" Medical Journal known as Urology & Nephrology Open Access Journal recently published the first case of Uromycitisis. The author of the paper wa a Dr. Martin Van Nostrand who conducted the study at Arthur Vandelay Urological Research Institute.
How better to illustrate our demented healthcare system but telling a story about telling two stories of very elderly men, one demented and in a nursing home, who received penile implants courtesy of your taxpayer dollars. Listen to find out how a poker game was part of this twisted story.