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What’s the Government’s Game with Deflazacort

The drug deflazacort has been used for many years to treat a terrible disease called Duchenne muscular dystrophy. About 15,000 Americans suffer from this incurable disease. Deflazacort is a drug that has been shown to be much more effective than conventional steroids. If someone in your family has the disease, you can import the drug for about $1,200 per year. If you try to buy it here, it will run you about $89,000 per year. This is not a joke.

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Posted by Chuck Gallagher in Health, Health Care, Medical Ethics and tagged , , ,

Medical Ethics – Physician Goes to Jail for Pain-killer Prescriptions

There is an image from the Los Angeles Times from February 5, 2016 that is very disturbing to me. It is a physician, Dr. Hsiu-Ying “Lisa” Tseng who is sitting in a courtroom dock in a Los Angeles. She is an M.D., and only 46 years of age. She is wearing a blue prisoner’s outfit that says “County Jail,” and her hands are bound in chains. She has just been sentenced for 30 years for second-degree murder.  This is Medical Ethics gone wrong!

Medical EthicsShe prescribed painkillers that ultimately killed three patients who overdosed. It is said she not only failed patients to supervise patients with addictive personalities but she blamed everyone other than herself for their deaths. She blamed the patients, she blamed the pharmacists and she even blamed other doctors; she never blamed herself.  Every choice has a consequence and in the medical ethics world the mirror reflects the one looking in it.  In this case Dr. Hsiu-Ying Tseng.

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Posted by Chuck Gallagher in Health, Health Care, Medical Ethics and tagged , , ,

Take Control of Your Health: 5 Things Everyone should Know!

I welcome a guest article by Helen Bray

Here in the USA, we have some of the fewest legal protections of the developed world [1] in the case of falling sick. The majority of developed nations provide some kind of statuary sick pay for long-lasting illnesses, while those which do not (the UK, for Healthcareexample) nonetheless provide government benefits for those out of work due to illness, and provide opportunities to take employers to court in the case of dismissal due to sickness [2]. Nor – and this frequently shocks people from other nations [3] – does the US provide guaranteed paid maternity leave for those expecting a baby. Of course, an ethical employer will ensure that their people are not discriminated against for being ill, and will look after them in the case of illness – but not all employers are ethical. With this in mind, here are a few tips to keep you healthy and in work for longer:

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Health Care Fraud in America – What’s the Truth?

Health Care Fraud in America – What’s the Truth is a guest article by Helen Bray

The numbers behind health care fraud mean it has to be taken seriously, by patients, hospitals, and law enforcement. According Health Care Fraudto the FBI, health care fraud (and abuse) costs the country billions of dollars each year. However you look at it, that accounts for staggering amounts of cash, even in a multi-trillion dollar health industry.

What constitutes fraud?

Fraud can take place by both patients and healthcare providers. In the patient’s case, this includes knowingly using another person’s insurance as their own or failing to remove a person who is no longer eligible to be on their insurance. By medical providers, the most common example of healthcare fraud is when a patient is given drugs or treatment they do not need. This allows the medical center to charge the insurance company much more than they should have been able to.

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Posted by Chuck Gallagher in Health, Health Care, Health Care Fraud and tagged , ,

Guardian Hospice pays $3 million to resolve Medicare Claims – At the Core Unethical Behavior?

Hospice – word that for most means care, compassion, comfort and dignity.  When you ask the majority of their opinion of “Hospice” the opinion is favorable!  Yet, not everyone will make the right ethical decisions when faced with temptation to financially succeed or survive.  That is apparently true when it comes to Guardian Hospice of Georgia.

Hospice Medicare FraudThe United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia announced that Guardian Hospice of Georgia, LLC, Guardian Home Care Holdings, Inc., and AccentCare, Inc., (collectively Guardian) agreed to pay $3 million to resolve allegations that Guardian knowingly submitted false claims to the Medicare program for hospice patients who were not terminally ill. Guardian is a for-profit hospice that provides hospice services in the Atlanta, Georgia, area.

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Posted by Chuck Gallagher in Business and Personal Ethics, Health, Health Care, Health Care Fraud and tagged , , , ,

5 Ethical Issues facing Physicians Today

What do you think are 5 ethical issues facing physicians today? From an ethical standpoint, there has probably never been a more difficult time to be a physician than in today’s climate of rising insurance costs, malpractice claims, end of life matters, elective Medical Ethicssurgical procedures, social media and pharmaceutical advertising. Numerous surveys and articles have been written on what are considered the most important ethical dilemmas.

We have reviewed several reports on these ethical dilemmas and matched the more important items that they seem to have in common.

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Posted by Chuck Gallagher in Health, Health Care, Media Ethics and tagged , ,

The Opulent and the Arrogant: Measles Outbreak

Here are a few of many, many baseless health scares we might remember: microwaves (they will re-arrange the molecules in our foods), aluminum foil (it will cause Alzheimer’s), sugar (it will cause cancer), and gluten (it will cause anything). And now, ladies and gentlemen, vaccinations (they will cause autism).

mh_capd_fig5-56.tifThere is a whole anti-vaccination machine that has been put into place. It is a machine of great arrogance put into place by pseudo-scientists, pretend healthcare providers and practitioners without credentials, spewing junk science and feeding it to the arrogant and opulent in places like Southern California. Never mind that the mock-science cannot be duplicated by genuine medical schools or legitimate scientific institutes, never mind that the scientific methodology of this junk-science hearsay would fail any kid in a middle-school biology class. Some rich guy in the movie business in SoCal says vaccinations cause autism and so it must be so.

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Posted by Chuck Gallagher in Ethical Behavior, ethics, Health, Health Care, Medical Ethics and tagged ,

An Ethical View of the Joan Rivers Tragedy

New developments have come to light in the tragic death of Joan Rivers. I feel it is right to call her death “tragic” as her procedure was elective and apparently her physicians played the procedure as though a comedy. It sounds almost oxymoronic; a serious tragedy happened to someone who was very funny and those who should have been serious were playing the roles of clowns.

Joan RiversIn an article for CNN by Susan Candiotti and Alan Duke (September 17, 2014) entitled: “Source: Joan Rivers’ doctor took selfie, began biopsy before her cardiac arrest,” we learn that:

“A staff member at Manhattan’s Yorkville Endoscopy clinic told investigators that the doctor, who has not been publicly identified, took a selfie photo in the procedure room while Rivers was under anesthesia, the source said.”

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Posted by Chuck Gallagher in Ethical Behavior, Health, Health Care, Medical Ethics and tagged , ,

Gary Dudek – When Business Gets too close to Medicine

I must confess that I carry within me a preconceived notion that is not going to erase itself any time soon; the notion is that big business and medicine don’t mix.

Gary DudekI don’t like it when the big pharma sales people show up at my internist’s clinic, I don’t like it when I hear stories of medical device technicians observing – and even participating in surgical procedures, I don’t like it when I have heard stories of non-medical people observing examinations and such.

There is a certain amount of abuse that occurs when barriers are unnecessarily and unethically crossed for it breeds arrogance – and arrogance leads to abuse.

The skins game

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Ethics of Waiting for Veterans: The Secret Lists of the VA

There is an ingrained bureaucracy that has long permeated many of the aspects of how our government conducts its business. This is hardly news. While most of the programs are harmless insofar as life and death issues are concerned, every so often, the bureaucracy manages to do something that borders on the Phoenix VAcriminal.  This is the case with how Veterans were treated by the VA.

In a CNN article (April 24, 2014) by Scott Bronstein and Drew Griffin entitled: “A fatal wait: Veterans languish and die on a VA hospital’s secret list,” we learn that:

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