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Why does an $11,596 emergency department visit cost $1,100? A spokesperson for the California Hospital Association says that it is because of government regulation. I want to know what doctor ever gets paid $4,242 for a Level 4 emergency department visit.
California attorneys are trying to raise the cap on damages under California’s Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act. Caps are currently $250,000 and haven’t been raised in more than 35 years.
The article says that many attorneys won’t take medical malpractice cases in California because they are too time-intensive and costly and attorneys don’t get a big enough payoff when they win.
So much for that whole argument about how malpractice plaintiff’s attorneys are in it only to make sure that their clients receive “justice” ….
Think you have a “spider bite”? You probably don’t. Out of 40,000 species of spiders, only about a dozen actually can cause damage to humans. Most of the others either are not toxic to humans or don’t have “fangs” big enough to pierce human flesh.
One study on the issue showed that many people with alleged spider bites actually had an infection with the “superbug” MRSA which is caused in large part by antibiotic overuse. Keep popping those amoxicillin prescriptions and Augmentin refills, though.
Speaking about antibiotics … this study in the British Journal of Dermatology shows that children who are exposed to antibiotics in their first year of life are about 40% more likely to develop eczema later in life.
Emergency physician at Logansport Memorial Hospital in Indiana sends letter to administrator seeking to terminate their group’s contract which points out the obvious: In rural areas, there aren’t a lot of emergency physicians to choose from. Getting rid of the group only changes management, but often results in either expensive locum tenens physicians or in many of the current emergency physicians being recruited by the incoming group. However, if the hospital has been through three emergency department groups in three years, maybe the hospital board needs to take a closer look at how hospital CEO Dave Ameen is running the ship.
Maybe the dogs are onto something. British researchers can detect bladder cancer with 100% sensitivity just by the smells in the urine.
Perhaps that’s why my dog shakes his head after sniffing the bases of some light posts … “Poor Shep has the Big C.”
Working out too hard too fast can cause kidney failure. One man alleged that the workout system P90X caused him to break down so much muscle that he developed rhabdomyolysis. New onset of Coca-Cola-colored urine is usually a dead giveaway that you need to seek medical attention.
Cardboard box blows out of dumpster in North Carolina hospital parking lot, police shut down roads and hospital emergency department so they can x-ray the box to make sure it isn’t harmful. Dang. I don’t know how the roads stay open on garbage pickup days.