Medical errors are now the third-leading cause of death in the U.S., costing some 250,000 lives per year, according to an article in the BMJ.
The White House announced plans to ask Congress for $1.8 billion in emergency funding to “combat Zika” as by “boosting research on ways to prevent its spread,” according to a Feb 8 article in the Wall Street Journal.
Patients are protected and the patient-physician relationship is strengthened by requiring abortionists to comply with ethical and quality standards that are fundamental to the medical profession, states the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS). AAPS filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, No. 15-274, […]
The medical record has become a tool for oversight and research, without requiring consent, overriding patients’ rights to privacy, writes Susan Israel, M.D., in the winter issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons. Data compiled from electronic medical records and insurance claims will be used to create treatment “guidelines” that will define value-based […]
Two studies published in the July 14 issue of JAMA support new guidelines that could nearly double the number of Americans taking statin drugs to prevent arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD), noted the Washington Post. The studies should be scrutinized critically, stated AAPS executive director Jane M. Orient, M.D. “Putting nearly half the healthy population on […]
Hospitals are gaining increasing power to control the practice of medicine, and the independent physician is increasingly disfavored in the “healthcare reform” environment. In the shocking case of orthopedic surgeon Raymond Long, M.D., patients were exposed to contaminated irrigation fluids provided by the hospital. The physician’s efforts to prevent further patient infections were thwarted by […]
Faced with increasing bureaucratic demands and declining revenues due to price controls, more and more physicians are opting out of Medicare, Medicaid, and insurance contracts, write neuro-otologists Gerard Gianoli, M.D., and James Soileau, M.D., and office manager Beth Soileau in the summer issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons. In 2008, less than […]
After the Oct 16 hearings before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), issued the following statement: “The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) continues to deny that Ebola virus is a level-4 pathogen that can be safely handled only in a BSL-4 […]
The Obama Administration’s attack on coal-fired electricity, through draconian “carbon” rules imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), makes bogus claims about lives to be saved, states the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS). The Administration is lumping together carbon dioxide—the basic building block of all living things and also a weak greenhouse gas—and […]
Lack of health coverage is said to kill, but there is surprisingly little evidence to support this claim, writes Linda Gorman in the fall issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons. The 2002 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report Care without Coverage: Too Little, Too Late asserted that 18,000 Americans died each year because […]