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|Legal Issues Allopathic Medical Doctors|
|Oct 6, 2007||"Great. I send my daughter to the pediatrician to find out if she's fit to play lacrosse, and the doctor spends her time trying to find out if her mom and I are drunk, drug-addicted sex criminals.|
Outrageous! Snitch Docs Pump Kids About Parents Behavior Why You Should Stay Out Of The Medical Establishment By Joel SkousenWorld Affairs Brief10 -5 -7
If "mental health screening" wasn't bad enough, beware of the simple Check Up for your children. Michael Graham, talk show host on Boston radio station WTKK gave his listeners an ear full after finding out that his family's pediatrician and grilled his child about sensitive family matters--fishing for abuse allegations when he was only supposed to be giving her a sports check up. His (Graham's) outrage was published by the Boston Herald.
"Her pediatrician grilled her about alcohol and drug abuse. Not my daughter's boozing. Mine. 'The doctor wanted to know how much you and mom drink, and if I think it's too much,' my daughter told us afterward, rolling her eyes in that exasperated 13-year-old way. 'She asked if you two did drugs, or if there are drugs in the house.' [full story]
|Sep 16, 2007||A Shymkent court this summer convicted 21 doctors, nurses and health-care officials of malpractice|
www.chicagotribune.com/features/lifestyle/health/chi-hiv_rodriguez_bdsep16,1,4123541.story chicagotribune.com WORLD When health care does more harm than good Doctors pushed transfusions; kids got HIV By Alex Rodriguez Tribune foreign correspondent September 16, 2007 SHYMKENT, Kazakhstan Click here to find out more! They were infants, toddlers and preteens admitted with illnesses that should be routine for doctors at children's hospitals: asthma, stomach flu, pneumonia. But after being treated at three hospitals here, they found themselves coping with a far graver health problem. The children had become infected with HIV, victims of doctor-prescribed blood transfusions that exploited a myth long held among locals that the procedure rids the body of impurities. In many cases, authorities determined that the transfusions were medically unnecessary, according to court documents in a criminal case alleging that corrupt doctors, tainted equipment and a dysfunctional health-care system had combined to mar the lives of 127 children and embarrass a Kazakh government struggling to show a new, modern face to the world. [full story]
|Apr 4, 2006||Physicians on the Take|
Physicians on the Take
Jerome P. Kassirer, MDMedscape General Medicine
In my view, relations between physicians and industry have become scandalous. Many academics and community opinion leaders are paid large sums to market industry products by becoming members of speaker's bureaus, by developing marketing materials disguised as educational information, by signing articles written by ghostwriters, and by promoting the off-label use of products. These activities may benefit companies' shareholders, but they do not benefit patients, and because the products promoted are usually the newest and most expensive, they inflate the cost of care.
Though physicians who engage in these activities often believe that company largesse cannot influence their objectivity, all evidence from psychological studies suggests that this is a naive belief. Aside from the harm of such biases to patient care, participation in marketing sets a poor example for younger physicians, who are being seduced by industry every day with lunches, dinners, and gifts. The public has become increasingly aware that doctors are making financial "deals" with pharmaceutical, biotech, and device companies. People are beginning to lose trust that their doctors' advice is for their benefit rather than for their doctors' benefit.
The profession's response to the increasing involvement with industry has been feeble. Our professional organizations and academic medical centers must take a leadership role in reversing this troublesome trend by reducing or eliminating pharmaceutical largesse at their institutions..
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