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How to Talk to Your Doctors When They Don't Listen

A recent study found that 75% of doctors believed that they communicated satisfactorilywith those in their care. Only 21% of the people treated by those doctors said that theirtalks went well. Somewhere, there's a disconnect. That can be devastating. The more you and your doctor talk with each other -- really, really talk -- the better the chance you'll feel better. Read the full article Talking to Your Doctor_ How to Make Yourself Heard.pdf for tips on effective communication with your healthcare providers.

A Missed Opportunity for the Malpractice System to Improve Health Care - The New York Times

The American medical malpractice system is doing almost nothing to improve the quality of health care, research suggests. What may be more concerning is that there is very little discussion, much less action, on reform. Read more.

5 types of medical malpractice you need to know

Doctors might have to attend several years of medical school and go through countless hours of training before they can practice. But, this doesn't mean that they are immune from making mistakes. Doctors get tired. They work excessive amounts of hours in highly stressful situations. And all too often, they make mistakes that can change their patients' lives in unexpected and unwanted days. Sometimes, their mistakes result in injuries or even death.

Why Diabetes Drugs Cost So Much--and What Can Be Done About It

Patents and pharmacy benefit managers are part of the reason diabetes medication prices keep going up. Almost everyone seems to agree that prescription drug prices are too high. On Monday, House Democrats announced they have begun an investigation into the pricing practices of the pharmaceutical industry. This came less than a week after Democratic leaders unveiled a multi-pronged legislative effort to reduce drug prices. For his part, President Donald Trump last year introduced his plan to deal with what he called the "unfair practices" of the drug companies. The cost of prescription medication can be burdensome to even people who take drugs occasionally or for short periods of time. The impact, however, can unrelenting for people with diabetes who must take medication every day to keep their disease in check. Here's a look at two of the drugs that can break the bank for people with diabetes and how these medications got to be so expensive.
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The Bold Mission Of America's Biopharmaceutical Companies Is To Bring An End To The Burdens Of Disease, In All Its Forms

We are just as committed to making medicines affordable as we are to discovering the treatments and cures that give hope to patients and researchers alike. So that one day, these medical breakthroughs realize their full potential: the ability to save, extend and improve life. For all of us. Read More.

Doctors Who Get Sued Are Likely to Get Sued Again

One percent of all doctors account for 32 percent of all paid malpractice claims, and the more often a doctor is sued, the more likely he or she will be sued again.Researchers analyzed 10 years of paid malpractice claims using the National Practitioner Data Bank, a federal government database that includes 66,426 claims against 54,099 doctors. The study is in the New England Journal of Medicine. Read More

How to Choose the Best Lawyer

How do you choose the best lawyer for your needs? Choosing legal services is like choosing any other product or service: the wise consumer conducts thorough research before making an informed decision. Once you secure several lawyer referrals with expertise in the appropriate practice area, you should carefully research each candidate. Below are five steps to choosing the best lawyer for your legal needs. Read More

Med-Mal Settlement Awards $140M to 255 Patients of Doctor Convicted of Fraud

Nearly six years after Dr. Spyros Panos surrendered his medical license and pleaded guilty to health care fraud, an arbitrator awarded $140 million to settle what plaintiff' attorneys say is the largest medical malpractice litigation in New York. Read More.

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