Choosing the Right Surgeon Matters

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The news site ProPublica has posted a major new report about surgical complications and the relative effectiveness of individual surgeons in avoiding them. The report is based on data collected by Medicare on the performance of nearly 17,000 surgeons nationwide, and the results are interesting to say the least. The most surprising finding is how … Continued

Damage Comes in All Forms

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A Michigan doctor, Dr. Farid Fata, was recently sentenced to 45 years in prison after it was discovered that he lied to hundreds of his patients, erroneously telling them they had cancer just so he could collect fees for administering chemotherapy to them. You can read more about this horrific case and the impact it … Continued

The Measure of Medical Success

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It’s hard to believe, but there’s really very little ongoing research to measure the effectiveness of medical procedures and the relative quality of practitioners who perform them or the institutions in which they occur. In fact, structural incentives within the healthcare industry actively discourage collecting and sharing such data. A recent story on NPR profiled … Continued

It Matters Who Does Your Colonoscopy

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The skill and experience of the doctor performing your colonoscopy makes a difference in whether you’ll develop colon cancer or die from it, a new study finds. The results of the study are just the latest body of research to suggest that not all doctors are created equal and highlight the importance of patients taking … Continued