Very little is more contentious in medicine than the topic of medical malpractice, lawsuits, and tort reform. The large number of stakeholders with financial and emotional capital are immense.
I have treated and continue to treat many uninsured patients in my practice. And invariably, when thinking about diagnostic and treatment options for their condition, I come to think how on God’s earth am I able to provide the medical care they need without totally running up a huge bill and huge debt for them!!!
What happens in the OR, or more specifically what happens in my head when an unexpected intraoperative situation dictates a change of direction? It is much better to have considered all the possible scenarios, to have a contingency plan, and to have discussed these plans and possibilities with the patient and family.
I was called out in the middle of my Sunday evening activities for an emergency – bleeding after a tonsillectomy. It is a very scary event to be sitting at home or sleeping about a week after your tonsillectomy, and then suddenly feel a warm liquid in your mouth that you either swallow or let run out, and then look in the mirror or in your hands and discover your own blood.
On this most holy of days, we honor our fathers and forefathers. I had the good fortune of attending church and having brunch with two of my three grown children (the oldest is in Europe pursuing her graduate studies). My resident step son honored me with a beautiful book of a collection of golf photos .
The pressing issue of the day is the shape and form of the upcoming healthcare reform. Unfortunately, none of the current proposals actually reform healthcare. They merely increase the numbers of insured that will be eligible to have their healthcare bills covered by whatever insurance (government sponsored or private plans) these reforms provide.