I'm at the annual conference of the American Public Health Association (APHA) in San Diego, California. I generally don't like to go to conferences because they sometimes devolve into "look at me" sessions of people just blowing their own horn. What I do like, however, is the ability to see what people are putting out [...]
With so much snow everywhere, I was sure that no one was going to be crazy enough to come into the hospital for non-emergency reasons. Boy, was I wrong!
Do bad patient satisfaction scores mean that your doctor is not a good doctor? Not at all, if you're a reasonable person.
A lot of the problems we see with crowded hospitals and inefficient healthcare delivery systems can be addressed through public health. But what happens when people don't want to be helped? And what happens when the system is one big, huge mess?
One thing that I learned in economics in high school was that the price of a service or product, in a free market economy, rises or falls with the supply and demand. For example, when the supply of gasoline is low and the demand is high, the price goes up. Later, when the supply is [...]
Ah, the US healthcare system. It's so big and bloated and incredibly complicated. If I were to break a bone right now, I'd have to go to the ER, wait a few hours to be seen, wait some more to get an x-ray, wait a little more to get it in a cast. God forbid [...]
When I go to the hospital or to the doctor's office, I expect several things. First, I expect to be treated with kindness. If my problem was self-imposed (e.g. obesity), I expect the healthcare provider(s) taking care of me to not point to me and laugh or blame me for my problem, even if it [...]