Insurance Companies Already Hitting New Lows in 2017

Welcome 2017. After the first business week of the year has concluded, it is time to share the newest way insurance companies have hit a new low. An elderly couple came in for a visit a few days ago with letters in hand from their Medicare (Dis)Advantage Insurance Contractor. The letters told me that two medicines they are taking have cheaper and equally effective alternatives that I should prescribe for them to save money. The problem is that that statement was absolutely false! One medicine is levothyroxine, a generic thyroid hormone that she needs to treat an underactive thyroid. The … Continue reading

Quality Measurements: Beware Unintended Consequences

Whenever anything is presented to us by the government, and/or corporations who work closely with the government as progress, we should be very skeptical. The whole concept of measuring “quality” in medicine and paying doctors for performance is a case in point.  The article below touts a government/big insurance corporation collaboration to rate doctors on quality, so they can pay less to physicians whose patients have worse outcomes. On the surface, this sounds like a great idea.  We all want to have high quality goods and services.  On some level, it makes sense to demand some kind of measurements in … Continue reading

Dr. Big Brother

This entry below comes from the Authentic Medicine Blog edited by Douglas Farrago, M.D. He brilliantly points out that time of Big Brother is here.  The government and insurance companies are third parties that have been inserting themselves into the once sacred doctor:patient relationship for decades.  While they had always claimed that they are not practicing medicine or telling doctors what they can or cannot do for their patients, they really did.  If they refuse to pay for something, that thing will likely not get done, especially because the prices are overinflated because of the administrative cost of dealing with insurers. They … Continue reading

How the AARP Made $2.8 Billion By Supporting Obamacare’s Cuts to Medicare

This blog by Avik Roy, although three years old, is just as true today as it was when first published. Shame on the AARP for selling out its constituents, our country’s senior citizens, solely for political reasons and greed. I will never join, and encourage any members to walk with their feet!   SEP 22, 2012  How the AARP Made $2.8 Billion By Supporting Obamacare’s Cuts to Medicare Avik Roy Forbes Opinion Editor and Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow United States Senator Jim DeMint at a rally for United States Senate candidate Rand Paul in Erlanger, Kentucky. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) As … Continue reading

Medicare Hassling Patients For Medicine Costing $8 Per Year??!!

Just when I thought I could not be surprised at how petty and annoying the insurance companies and Medicare could be, they prove me wrong. I saw a patient today who has been taking a medications called lisinopril.  It is a blood pressure medicine he has used for years.  It can not only lower blood pressure, but can also help the heart, and protect the kidney from diabetes.  Because he has both diabetes and heart disease, he needs to be on this drug.  It has been generic for quite a long time.  In our practice, we can get it for about … Continue reading

If You’re On Medicare, You Should Be Angry

Another great piece by Dr. Keith Smith, cofounder of the Surgery Center of Oklahoma. He talks about how the government set up Medicare like a Ponzi scheme. He has some good ideas on how to fix healthcare for generations to come without hurting the people who have paid into the system for years and now need it. … Continue reading

Lessons Learned From The $153,000 Rattlesnake Bite

This story about a man who received a hospital bill of over $153,000 because of a rattlesnake bite has gone viral on social media. (For the Washington Post July 20,2015 story, see below.)   It is one of many examples of out of control hospital and pharmacy charges that make everyone so afraid of seeking medical care because of the overinflated costs. The article does a good job at shedding light on the monopolistic behavior of some of the pharmaceutical companies.  They use loopholes in patent law, as well as shady payoffs to other potential competitors to corner the market for … Continue reading

Dr. Keith Smith: The government wants you to die on a budget

The following is taken from the blog page of The Surgery Center of Oklahoma.  Anyone who knows me knows that I am a huge fan of Dr. Keith Smith and the work he is doing, and inspiring others to do, to save American medicine. After reading/viewing this blog, the biggest question that comes to my mind is this, “The AARP supported (and continues to support) the “Affordable” Care Act.  Obamacare is now effectively putting a bounty on the heads of senior citizens.  So why does the AARP have any members left??!” – Michael A. Ciampi, M.D.   The government wants … Continue reading

The White House Wants Your Doctor To Teach You About Global Warming

My purpose in reposting this article from The Daily Caller on our site is not to get into a debate about global warming/climate change.  Rather, it is to show why it is important to have a doctor who has undivided loyalty to his/her patients.  Think about it.  Most doctors are accepting Medicare, which is money from the government, so would they not be more beholding to the government and more likely to be influenced by it?  I have always said that people will follow the orders of the parties who are paying them.   Right now, it is a suggestion … Continue reading

The Dirty Little Secret About The Medicare Advantage Home Nurse Visit

Lately, I have had several of my senior patients happily tell me that they had a home visit from a nurse who was sent to them by their Medicare Advantage Insurance company to check on them and see what they could do for them.  They felt that it was very thoughtful of their insurance company to care so much about them to do this. As the late, great Paul Harvey used to say, “And now, the rest of the story…”  The kind and oh so thoughtful insurance companies seem to overlook mentioning something when they send the nurses out to … Continue reading