Medical Gluttony

By Del Meyer on 10/25/2017 5:52 AM

The National Health Service (NHS) has restricted elective surgery such as obesity surgery to patients that have lost a certain amount of weight on their own prior to being approved for the operation. It has further restricted treatment for other diseases until cigarette smokers have ceased smoking for 8 months.

By Del Meyer on 10/25/2017 4:01 AM

Now, for the first time, a leading healthcare clinician – the Chief Medical Officer of the American Cancer Society – Dr. Otis Webb Brawley is breaking ranks – literally and figuratively.  His new book is squarely aimed at the Hippocratic oath and aptly titled – How We Do Harm: A Doctor Breaks Ranks About Being Sick In America. […]

By Del Meyer on 05/30/2017 4:49 AM

During my active practice days I was called to the emergency room to see patients that had arrived by ambulance. Finding a simple problem such as a sore throat or a cold, I wondered why they took such an expensive ride to a very high cost center when their problem could have been taken care […]

By Del Meyer on 05/30/2017 3:41 AM

Frosty Wooldridge penned an opinion piece about the decline of Detroit. CORRECTLY ATTRIBUTED per HOW IMMIGRATION AND MULTICULURALISM DESTROYED DETROIT By Frosty Wooldridge | October 5, 2009 | For 15 years, from the mid-1970s to 1990, I worked in Detroit, Michigan. I watched it descend into the abyss of crime, debauchery, gun play, drugs, […]

By Del Meyer on 05/22/2017 3:34 AM

The perspective of a pulmonary consultant occasional provides an overview of medicine. Recently a patient was referred for consultation of an emergency room evaluation. The family was very concerned over the report of a very abnormal chest x-ray.  The report indicated right middle lobe collapse, interstitial infiltrates, calcified pleural plaques, and possible pneumonia. I remembered […]

By Del Meyer on 05/22/2017 3:33 AM

Recently, April 15th, so-called “Tax Day,” served as a reminder that our federal government takes more of our money each year to fund a multitude of things not within its constitutional authority or purposes. President Obama bragged recently that our deficits are coming down at the fastest rate in 60 years. And it is true: […]

By Del Meyer on 05/22/2017 3:32 AM

There has been some confusion in this era with Personal Health Records with getting the patient more involved in his or her own care. Some patients have interpreted this as going to any doctor they feel they need at the moment. They do not see their personal physician as being their managing partner—but just a […]

By Del Meyer on 05/22/2017 3:32 AM

By Tad DeHaven, the Cato Institute, August 6, 2013 Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is one of the largest federal programs; it is also one of the most troubled. The program’s expenditures have doubled over the last decade, reaching an estimated $144 billion this year. Spending has risen so rapidly that SSDI’s trust fund is […]

By Del Meyer on 05/22/2017 3:31 AM

International Classification of Diseases Using numbered codes for diagnosis make cataloging disease and coding the cause of death easier and more accurate. These are the ICD codes (International Classification of Diseases). ICD 1 began in 1900 and the current ICD 9 is scheduled to be replaced by the ICD 10 in October 2015. The magnitude […]

By Del Meyer on 05/22/2017 3:30 AM

ICD There are two related classifications of diseases with similar titles, and a third classification on functioning and disability. The International Classification of Diseases (ICD) is the classification used to code and classify mortality data from death certificates. The International Classification of Diseases, Clinical Modification (ICD-CM) is used to code and classify morbidity data from […]