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What did I do wrong? Exclusive Provider Organization & preauthorization question

17th February 2016

Reader submitted question below. Please reply if you can help. This is the first time I’ve ever had to deal with substantial medical bills, so bear with me. I’m attempting to figure out what exactly was my fault, the doctor’s fault or the insurance company’s fault. Three months ago, I was in a bad accident, […]

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Alin Alkass Offers Laser Technology to His Patients

14th June 2013

Laser technology has become an everyday part of life. From the price scanner at the checkout counter in the local supermarket to the device used by police to measure your driving speed, lasers are everywhere. Dentists like Dr. Alin Alkass have incorporated the use of laser technology into their dental practices to expand procedures and […]

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Dermabrasion and Microdermabrasion: how are they different?

20th March 2013

Micro means small, derm is skin (think dermis), and abrasion is scraping (like sand paper is abrasive). Dermabrasion, which is recommended for fair skin and not dark skin, was developed to improve acne scars, pox marks, and scars from accidents or disease. It has to be done in the doctor’s office, and you need painkillers […]

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$100 there but $40,000 here – what does it mean?

6th September 2012

Marcie Edmonds wen to the Chandler Regional Medical Center emergency room after getting bitten by a scorpion. She was there for three hours and her bill was more than $83,000. That includes two doses of anti-venom at nearly $40,000 per dose. The same anti-venom is $100 per dose in Mexico. Makes you wonder what is […]

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Do you trust local doctors?

18th October 2009

Here’s one case where they failed miserably. Sometimes people laugh when you ask for medical advice online or whatever but the scary fact is that we have to be responsible for our own health because we can’t necessarily trust doctors to do what’s best for us. Sure when we get sick they’ll talk to us […]

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Dental malpractice suits impossible to win?

12th October 2009

This is a friend’s story: I have a bridge because of dental malpractice. I had a cap put on a tooth due to a bad cavity. The dentist then told me I was good to go. He had put on a TEMPORARY cap, never saw in his files in return visits (checkups and cleanings) that […]

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Medicare EOB system invites fraud

24th February 2009

A friend’s dad was in the hospital. The friend was visiting and was sitting there reading a magazine while dad napped. Long time Primary Care doctor, who was NOT an attending physician poked his head in and asked friend how dad was feeling … never read the chart or even approached dad. Dad passed a […]

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Blood platlet rehab

17th February 2009

Here’s an interesting story from the New York Times about how using platlets from a patient’s own blood can be an alternative to surgery. I know one guy who had to regrow some bone in his mouth for some dental work. They used this blood platlet technique on him (after taking some blood and putting […]

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Sympathy for doctors please

18th June 2008

This article from the New York Times talks about how unhappy doctors are. They are overworked because they spend too much time dealing with insurance companies and patients who think they know something. Here’s a story that comes from a friend of mine (not from the article): A patient comes in with 2 days of […]

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How to get treated faster in the emergency room

5th April 2008

WAYS TO BE SEEN QUICKER IN THE ER (No particular order) 1- Arrive by ambulance. They can’t take a patient from an ambulance and put them in the waiting room in most states. This is also why you can wait in the waiting room forever… if a steady stream of meatwagons keep pulling up, it […]

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