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Resurgence of house calls. Would you pay $275 to have an emergency physician come to your house (or office) instead of going to the emergency department? These docs are trying to tap a niche market and it seems to be catching on.
How do we help people who smoke compounds labeled “Trainwreck Ultra”? “Spice” can cause uncontrollable shaking, dizziness, and heart palpitations, but teens are still smoking it.
Need to see a doctor for a non-urgent condition in California’s Sutter Hospital emergency department? Instead meet the “navigator” who will tell you where to go and how to get there — for medical care, that is.
Infectious Disease Society of America confirms that we shouldn’t be spraying Raid on dandelions. ZeePacks won’t help your sinus “infections” and will increase the likelihood of developing a drug resistant infection. And for those ZeePack addicts, even if you need an antibiotic, so many ZeePacks have been prescribed that now more than 30% of one bacterial specimen (S. pneumoniae) are resistant to it. Even if it did work to cure sinus infections, chances are good that it still wouldn’t work because doctors inappropriately prescribe it for your coughs, runny noses … and sinus infections.
The $5000 tummy ache. A patient was billed $1200 for a blood test that is often reimbursed at $30. Does the need to improve the transparency of our medical billing system warrant the current mandate to purchase health insurance?