Many patients regard their relationship with the doctor as a key component of medical quality. The top factor, chosen by participants in a national survey was "personal attention."Read More
Both patients and doctors are looking for solutions. "The doctor shortage is real - it's significant," a medical association president said recently. "Doctors rush through appointments as if on roller skates to see more patients and perform more procedures, " one report concluded.Read More
You may have heard of "membership medicine," "retainer medicine," or a "concierge medical practice" in the news or from friends, and wondered about it. Unlike many aspects of medical care, this subject is not at all complex. This increasingly popular form of primary care — family care — works. And, if it is available in your community, why you might consider it as an option.Read More
Avoid getting sick: stay away from sick people. But when you need to visit your doctor's office? A recent study in the Journal of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiologysays well-child doctor appointments - like annual exams - result in more cases of flu-like symptoms within the next two weeks.
It's not just the kids who are suffering - family members have more risk, too. These findings don't mean you and your family should avoid visiting your doctor. But they are a wake-up call for prevention.
Marijuana - when is it useful, what's the downside? Maybe you're like a lot of Americans and have never used it, recreationally or medically. Or perhaps you have. Either way, our social standards about this controversial drug are shifting. It's legally available for medicinal use, here and now.Read More