The Lies Doctors Tell

If you are expecting to get the truth out of your doctor then think again.

Physicians aren’t being completely honest especially when it comes to medical mistakes.

With fears of medical malpractice a real concern, physicians may hold back on the whole story with their patients.

“Our findings raise concerns that some patients might not receive complete and accurate information from their physicians,” the researchers write in the February issue of the journal Health Affairs. The findings also question whether patient-centered care — which is a philosophy of medicine that respects the preferences, needs and values of patients — is possible without more openness and honesty, the researchers from Harvard Medical School said.

Asking questions, doing your research and being an informed consumer of medical services is the best way to achieve a positive outcome with your care.

Medical Malpractice Needs an Overhaul

Changes in medical malpractice laws are coming soon.

The system as it stands is considered broken and is blamed for contributing to driving up the cost of medical care.

Each year, physicians faced a 7.4 percent likelihood of facing a claim, but only 1.6 percent of claims received a payment, either through a settlement or jury award. Nonetheless, defending and insuring against these claims is costly for doctors.

Contaminated IV fluid responsible for deaths in Alabama hospital

Montgomery Alabama hospital discovered bacteria in IV fluids which was responsible for the deaths of nine people.

A contaminated IV fluid may have been involved in the deaths of nine hospital patients in Alabama, health officials said.

Bacteria is transmitted only through IV fluids and the public is not at risk for contamination.

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