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ATTENTION STATE EMPLOYEES:

You likely received a letter or email “Member Alert” about State Treasurer Dale Folwell’s vendetta to change the State Employee’s payments for services. This letter is written in an alarming tone, using “!” frequently and phrases like (ask you...

MEASLES Got your attention?

Measles isn't funny.   It isn't just spots.  Measles is a highly contagious virus infection that usually begins like a cold or flu, and later the rash appears. Complications are not very rare, such as deafness, pneumonia or brain damage, but...

September 2, 2018

Want to know one reason insurance costs are too high?  They pay big systems, these days the majority of the medical "providers," much higher than they pay small practices, and often too much for what they do.


Here's a food analogy:  You want a hamburger, so you go to y...

Many people have rightfully developed a negative view of today's medical "industry;" not so much so of the individual people who work there (doctors, nurses, etc.) but of the overall atmosphere surrounding modern medical care.   And this view is understandable, from th...


"I just don't have time "

Anyone who has seen me for a preventive health visit ("physical") or really almost any other visit may find much of this familiar.

I often listen to frustrations about gaining weight,difficulty losing weight, sleep trouble, or the perennial f...

Listen to the infants coughing in the first part of this video.  They have pertussis (whooping cough) and listening to this is probably distressing, I know it is for me.  I had a newborn patient in residency who was exposed to pertussis from a visiting grandparent who...

December 1, 2017

 (This article originally appeared in the Dec., 2017 edition of Forsyth Family Magazine,  click here for the online article)

Many teens can't wait until the day they can drive themselves; it's a big step in their independence (and for the parents, too).  To be able to q...

October 21, 2017

One favorite "tool" of Big Medicine that is given far too much emphasis is the infamous "patient satisfaction" survey.  If you have had the pleasure of a recent visit to a Big Medicine doctor in the past decade, you probably have received a survey in the mail shortly a...

You arrived for your doctor appointment at the scheduled time (maybe not early, but on time) and it has been almost half an hour and you are still waiting....  He does not usually take this long.  How annoying!  Your time is valuable,too, right?

The nurse poke...

This is the second in the series of articles attempting to help you understand how charges for a simple visit to the doctor can be so expensive.  Last time I explained how prices for services are inflated, especially for those without insurance ( read Part 1 here:...

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