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State of Emergency: The Disappearing Primary-care Doctornew

It's a not-uncommon story: someone goes to the doctor for a checkup or for a minor complaint, but while they are there, the doctor notices something else. If the number of primary-care physicians continues to drop, the situation could be different a decade from now.
City Newspaper  |  Tim Louis Macaluso  |  12-16-2009  |  Science

Can 'Concierge Medicine' Solve the Health Care Crisis?new

In return for an annual retainer, concierge medicine gives you extra time and 24-hour phone access to your doctor, without an insurance company butting in. Proponents say it is a way to cut out insurance companies and reduce workload. But is it worth it?
New Haven Advocate  |  Mischa Benoit-Lavelle  |  09-29-2009  |  Science

Why Are Insurers Blocking H1N1 Treatment Prescriptions?

I got swine flu. Five days later, I was at death's door -- because my evil insurance company wouldn't honor my doctor's prescription. Memo to future revolutionaries: if you require a firing squad for the executives of the Health Insurance Plan (HIP) of New York, I'm handy with a rifle.
Maui Time  |  Ted Rall  |  09-23-2009  |  Science

Cancer Doctor Sees Himself as a Crusading Research, Not a Quacknew

Stanislaw Burzynski has treated thousands of people from all over the world, so why can't he get FDA approval?
Houston Press  |  Craig Malisow  |  01-06-2009  |  Science

Two Boston Poets Use Their Art for the Good of the Tribenew

What if a poem were a social force? Boston poets Rafael Campo and Franz Wright have laid bare a live wire between poetry and isolation.
Boston Phoenix  |  James Parker  |  11-26-2008  |  Books

A Look Inside the Complicated Politics of Lyme Diseasenew

Lyme, the most politicized and contested disease since the emergence of AIDS, is also the fastest-growing infectious illness since AIDS. The medical establishment debates over almost every aspect of Lyme, and of course the wars rage on two levels: There are white-haired dudes pushing paperwork in offices, and there are the people in the trenches who deal with the fallout.
Philadelphia Weekly  |  Tara Murtha  |  06-23-2008  |  Science

Nurses Claim Dr. Walter Ruf Took Sexual Harassment to a Whole New Levelnew

According to documents and depositions from Summit County court files, Dr. Ruf referred to young nurses as "wenches" and "cunts," and would "come up behind you and grab your breast," one nurse testified.
Cleveland Scene  |  Lisa Rab  |  06-20-2008  |  Crime & Justice

Inside the Illustrious Career of Dr. Howard Levinenew

Botched abortions, Viagra prescriptions, fast-food extortion, and steroid trafficking were just the beginning.
Seattle Weekly  |  Rick Anderson  |  05-19-2008  |  Science

Playing for Keepsnew

A group of physicians beat the HMO that tried to stick them with a $2.1 million bill; together, the two sides spent nearly $2 million in legal fees -- money that could have treated a few sick people.
Illinois Times  |  Bruce Rushton  |  01-06-2006  |  Business & Labor

Transcription Done Abroad Jeopardizes Patient Privacynew

A medical transcription service in India threatens to post U.S. patients' records on the Web unless it's paid a certain amount for its services.
Creative Loafing (Charlotte)  |  Tara Servatius  |  08-07-2004  |  Science

Doctor Cited As Victim Faces Malpractice Suitnew

In a speech in Little Rock, Ark., President Bush used Sara McBee as an example of a doctor who stopped delivering babies because of rising insurance costs that were a "direct result of too many junk lawsuits." What he didn't mention is that McBee is the subject of a malpractice suit for allegedly making mistakes that led to an infant's profound brain damage.
Arkansas Times  |  Doug Smith  |  04-27-2004  |  Politics

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