Last year, the Department of Veterans Affairs paid out $91.7 million in medical malpractice claims -- the most in at least 12 years, according to the Government Accountability Office. That represented more than 1,500 malpractice claims against VA providers, which actually represented a leveling-off after a 33-percent increase between 2005 and 2010.
Millions of people across the country routinely say that they do not like going to a clinic to see a doctor. The reasons for that certainly vary, but a number of studies and accounts readily reveal that many persons receiving out-patient care find the clinical experience to be somewhat rushed and frenetic, as well as incomplete.
The National Coalition on Health Care (NCHH) is a long-tenured organization that advocates health care reform through its association with scores of medical, business and consumer groups. Its President and CEO, John Rother, recently issued this blunt and telling statement about a glaring problem in the medical industry: "Nearly seven hundred billion dollars are wasted in the U.S. medical system each year," Rother said, "much of which is tied to misdiagnosis or people getting the wrong treatment."
Most New Jersey readers have probably never heard of valley fever, an illness caused by fungal spores most common in the southern United States. Valley fever is difficult to diagnose and rare in many parts of the United States, but health experts say that even in areas where it is more common, doctors often consider it as an option only when the disease has become more severe.
"It's good for you, so you do it."
For many New Jersey residents, as well as many millions of other people across the country, the annual medical physical is an unquestioned and scrupulously adhered-to practice.
Old habits die hard.
As this blog has noted for readers in select prior posts, the practice of women dutifully receiving a yearly mammogram from a relatively early age has become progressively criticized in recent years. In fact, numerous studies and critics now repeatedly surface to challenge that longstanding norm and point out the material -- and sometimes deadly -- problems associated with it.
In one of New Jersey's neighboring states, the legislature has reportedly just passed a law which aims to increase the early detection of breast cancer by requiring that women with dense breast tissue are notified of such following a mammogram. Dense tissue generally makes it more difficult to detect and diagnose breast cancer, leading to potentially fatal consequences for women who do not learn of their disease at an early enough stage.
Lately, it seems like researchers have released new and different recommendations for the timing and frequency of mammograms nearly every day. As such, many New Jersey women (as well as their doctors) are understandably confused on how best to approach their medical treatment.