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WASHINGTON (AP) — With just hours to spare, Congress stepped Monday to finalize legislation to prevent doctors who treat Medicare patients from being hit with a 24 percent cut in their payments from the government.

"Complying with the mandates of the Affordable Care Act is a daunting task for many private practice physicians, and it is pushing some to go work for hospital systems."

This is an eye-opening video for present and future doctors (like myself) who want to practice independently. The ramifications of the ACA, just might make that nearly impossible to do.

When diet is wrong,
medicine is of no use.
When diet is right,
medicine is of no need.
Ayurvedic Proverb



Have you heard about the physician shortage? Well that is potentially going to get worse. The new budget proposed by the government has $11 billion in cuts to graduate medical education (GME) - this is the money that goes to actually training doctors during residency. That, plus the threat that we will hit the debt ceiling again in November is causing a lot of worry in the world of medicine. Not to mention the amount of people that will be getting health insurance and needing a doctor in the next year. Please, if you can spare a moment, help take action to prevent this. Here is a website where you can learn more about this problem and sign a letter that will go to your state’s representatives. Please reblog, email, and pass this on to friends and family. This is an issue that can be very bad for the health of America.

Government: Too many American people don’t have health insurance! Let’s fix that.

People: Yay!

Doctors: Yay!

Government: And since doctors are greedy bastards, let’s keep regulating insurance reimbursement at rates which don’t actually pay enough for doctors’ offices to stay in business!

People: Yay!

Doctors: Oh this again.

Government: And we’ll force the doctors to all begin using poorly-designed EMR computer software or be heavily penalized, thus driving many experienced doctors right out of the practice, since younger doctors are more skilled at using computers.

People: Yay!

Doctors: Frickin’ awesome…

Government: And now let’s save even MORE money by cutting funding for the programs that create those new doctors who know how to use the computer programs — while failing to address the massive amounts of educational debt which those doctors will carry for the first 20-30 years of their practice!

People: Yay!

Doctors: …

People: Hey… where’d all the doctors go? We’ve got insurance now!

A great educational tool.

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I LOVE this chart! This is so great!

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An emergency room doctor at New York Presbyterian Hospital has touched the hearts of millions after a personal letter he wrote about the death of a patient went viral on the Internet.

The letter was first published on Reddit by the son of the deceased woman, who reportedly died of breast cancer in December 2012. In the letter, the doctor explains that this is the first such note he has written in 20 years of ER work.

The letter has already been viewed by more than 2 million users on Reddit, with thousands leaving comments. The doctor’s letter:

Dear Mr. (removed),

I am the Emergency Medicine physician who treated your wife Mrs (removed) last Sunday in the Emergency Department at (hospital). I learned only yesterday about her passing away and wanted to write to you to express my sadness. In my twenty years as a doctor in the Emergency Room, I have never written to a patient or a family member, as our encounters are typically hurried and do not always allow for more personal interaction.

However, in your case, I felt a special connection to your wife (removed), who was so engaging and cheerful in spite of her illness and trouble breathing. I was also touched by the fact that you seemed to be a very loving couple. You were highly supportive of her, asking the right questions with calm, care and concern. From my experience as a physician, I find that the love and support of a spouse or a family member is the most soothing gift, bringing peace and serenity to those critically ill.

I am sorry for your loss and I hope you can find comfort in the memory of your wife’s great spirit and of your loving bond. My heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family.

(removed), MD

The 24-year-old man who posted the letter said in an email interview with the Huffington Post that the outpouring of support from Reddit users has helped him cope with the passing of his mother.

“If my mother were alive to see this, she would want readers to reflect on the power of showing compassion toward a total stranger,” he said in the interview. “The support I got from Reddit was amazing—doctors, nurses and other Redditors who have lost their mothers to cancer were all shocked and amazed that the doctor took the time to write such a heartfelt, meaningful letter.”

The power of compassion and words. Wonderful!

This is very heart-warming…..



Emily Whitehead the girl whose cancer was ‘cured’ by HIV virus.

seven-year-old girl has become the first child leukaemia patient to be successfully treated by doctors using a disabled form of the virus that causes Aids to reprogramme the immune system.

When chemotherapy failed to work for Emily Whitehead, diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, she underwent a new experimental treatment at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

It involved tricking her immune system into fighting the cancer cells.

Dr Stephan Grupp, Director of the Centre for Childhood Cancer Research at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, told CBS: “We’ve treated the first couple of patients and we’ve been blown away by the results”.

They’ve been very exciting.

“We collect cells of the immune system from a patient, so we use the patient’s own cells. We put in a new gene in those cells that makes the cells go after cancer cells and then we put those cells back in the patient.”

Read more.

It’s amazing how much we have accomplished in recent years in medical research.

Absolutely amazing!!!

God heals, and the doctor takes the fees.
Benjamin Franklin
He’s the best physician that knows the worthlessness of the most medicines.
Benjamin Franklin

To cut down on errors in medical training, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) set a policy in 2003, which limits the total amount of shift hours a resident can work. Currently, the hour cap is set at no more than 16 hours for first-year residents or interns, and no more than 28 hours in one shift for others.

Recent data shows that despite the rules, this is not being adhered to across the board. To read more, click here

birth control pills

A national group of leading OB-GYNs are advocating for over-the-counter birth control pills… prescriptions necessary. In my honest opinion, this sounds like some very irresponsible medicine. 

To read more about it, click here

…..there is a big difference between a positive result with a few patients and a real clinical trial.
Patrick B. Massey, M.D., Ph.D- Medical Director for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the Alexian Brothers Health System
Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease.
Hippocrates, The Father of Medicine