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Dec 12 2014

Selective Breeding in Humans – A Slippery Slope? Nah.

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October 26th, 60 Minutes featured a segment on selective breeding in humans. The story focused on Genesis Genetics, a company which developed the technology for identifying those embryos within a larger set which have defective genes. Once identified, the family can choose the other “disease-free” embryos to implant via standard in-vitro fertilization techniques. When born, such children would be disease-free.

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Dec 05 2014

Steamed About a $15 Copay For Medication. Try $400,000 For Some Drugs.

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The genomics revolution is here. We are accumulating new information almost daily about how our genes cause various diseases. More importantly, the door is opening to new treatments. As we fine tune our diagnostic capabilities, we are discovering small groups of individuals who can be effectively treated, but at a very high cost. In that model, the cost is high because the development cost is high, as it is for all pharmaceuticals. But for these small groups, the cost cannot be spread out among millions of patients. “Specialty pharmaceutical companies” are racing to create and distribute these high priced treatments.

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Nov 28 2014

Definition of disability. It depends what the meaning of “is” is.

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Ever heard of the name Gary Muhrcke? He won the first NYC marathon in 1970.

 

He was also a firefighter. He injured his back in a burning building and was retired with ¾ disability pension. In 1975, he started running again. He said he felt better while exercising compared to taking medication for the pain.

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Nov 21 2014

Refusing to treat patients. When you want distance from a patient’s infection, morality, and politics. Part 2

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We return to our discussion of can you refuse to treat a patient.

2. Moral opposition to a treatment

The analysis again starts with the contractual nature of the physician-patient relationship. The patient seeks care and the doctor agrees to provide it. In that idealized situation both parties remain in full agreement on the care.

However, along the way the doctor and patient disagree as to what treatments are “moral.” This raises the question to what extent the doctor may step away from that care. A patient may also seek care from the start that the doctor finds morally objectionable but the patient may not have reasonable alternatives (such as very rural area or a very specialized type of practice).

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Nov 21 2014

Word to the wise. Not all subpoenas to doctors are the same.

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Doctors receive subpoenas all the time. Lawyers send subpoenas for medical records when their client has been injured in a fender-bender; is seeking money from worker’s compensation; and when suing a doctor for negligence. In each of these cases, the lawyer is seeking the medical record to serve his client – (the patient).

 

What happens when a lawyer sends a subpoena for medical records when his client’s interests are adverse to the patient? This can create a pickle for the doctor. We are taught to comply with subpoenas. We are also taught to respect patient privacy.

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Nov 14 2014

Refusing to treat patients. When you want distance from a patient’s infection, morality, and politics. Part 1

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Can you refuse to treat a patient? The simple answer is “Yes – of course.” But, when it comes to the law, there are layers to that answer.

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