Chinese man runs out of money to pay for dialysis. Government “insurance” only pays half the costs of treatment (keep that in mind, Affordable Care Act supporters). Then human ingenuity kicks in.
The man builds himself a dialysis machine out of used and discarded medical equipment, mixes his own dialysis fluid, and has been dialyzing himself … and it has been keeping him alive for 13 years.
Doctors hearing about his unorthodox methods warned him about the risk of serious infection and “long-term complications” because he wasn’t using sterile water to make his dialysis fluid. Something tells me that if the complications were that likely, they probably would have happened in the past 13 years.
After getting outed in the media, the Chinese government then offered to provide him with assistance to pay for his treatment. He’s reluctant to take the government up on its offer.
I wonder what would happen to this patient if he was in the US.
Hat tip to @MedicalQuack
Just call them “assault” bacteria when you describe how they kill people – our legislators and the media will jump all over that. We can’t let ourselves become complacent over drug-resistant bacteria.
Interesting point … once doctors become employees, does their incentive to fill their schedule with patients decrease? Will they want to stay late in the office to see an urgent patient? Will they go on strikes and leave patients without health care? See how access to care decreases as the paradigm unfolds.
With increasing numbers of antibiotic resistant organisms in hospitals, do we need to start asking whether it is safe to go to the hospital? By the way, your ZeePack is becoming less and less effective against all types of infections because bacteria see so much of it prescribed, but for lunch these resistant organisms drink ZeePack cocktails and then have Levaquin hors d’ourves … and then they laugh at the people spending money on ineffective medications.
Medical device company Stryker cuts 1,170 jobs, citing the Affordable Care Act as the reason.
Medical device company smith&nephew cuts 100 jobs in the US due to the Affordable Care Act.
Then the IRS states that the least expensive health insurance plan available in 2016 under the Affordable Care Act will cost a family $20,000 per year. If you don’t pay up, you are forced to pay an extra tax/penalty.
Maybe we need to start calling it the UNaffordable Care Act.
The good news is that they won’t develop intestinal worms any time soon. The bad news is that the medication some drug dealers mix with cocaine and heroin may cause dangerously low blood counts and skin necrosis.
California patient becomes upset about incontinence which occurred after prostate surgery, goes to doctor’s office and shoots him dead.
101 year old Chinese woman declared dead and then wakes up at her funeral – just as she was being put in her coffin.
Now all I can think of when I hear stories like this is a YouTube video one of my co-workers once showed me.
New Surviving Sepsis guidelines have been released (.pdf file). Nice summary here. Norepinephrine is the pressor of choice. Initial fluid bolus of 30ml/kg recommended.
Hat tip to @kane_guthrie
If you want to kill your husband, putting poison in your hoo hah and asking hubby to have a whiff probably isn’t the safest way to go about doing so. There are just too many comments that can be made to this story.
More than 7,000 residents of Great Britain are receiving disability because they are too overweight to work. Costs for these patients total 28.5 million pounds. The article also notes that in the past two years, more than 100 people have had to be cut out of their homes in order to be taken to the hospital. In those cases, the family and friends of these patients are just as much to blame as the patients themselves.
Now excuse me while I go take cover from the comment fallout.