Urgent Care Medicine: Good or Bad?

Starting in the 1970s, enterprising physicians began opening their practices after-hours to patients suffering minor ailments without an appointment. Patients avoided expensive emergency rooms, and they avoided long waits to see their family doctors. For the most part, the idea is a good one and there are about 7,400 urgent care centers in the United…[Read More]

HR 1215 – Congressman Goodlatte is putting corporations over people AND taking away state’s rights. Don’t let him.

      All – Much of my last two weeks has been spent researching a recent Bill that my Congressman Bob Goodlatte drafted and presented to the House Judiciary Committee in late February.    The Bill HR1215 – Protecting Access to Care Act 2017 (ironic name) would have a severe and negative impact on…[Read More]

Congress is getting ready to take away patients’ rights to hold medical providers accountable for their acts of negligence

There is currently a bill in Congress (HR1215 – Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017) put forth by Congressman Bob Goodlatte (Chairman, House Judiciary Committee) that would significantly limit the rights of patients who have been injured by a nursing home, drug manufacturer, medical device company, hospital, or doctor. Nationally, medical errors are the third leading…[Read More]

Prostate Cancer: an all too common story

The Roanoke Times just published an article from “To Your Good Health.” An informative and educational column on infectious diseases and public health issue written by Dr. Keith Roach, a highly respected physician at Weill Cornell Medical College.  Today’s column was based upon a wife’s report of how her husband’s doctors failed to provide him…[Read More]

For liberty and justice for all

You’ve said those words thousands of times if you attended primary or elementary school in the United States. You said them to conclude the Pledge of Allegiance wherein we state we are one Nation, under God, with liberty and justice or all.  But what does that mean? Likely it means something different to everyone who utters…[Read More]

Hospitals in Southside and Southwest Virginia don’t come highly recommended

We all rely upon “word of mouth” in locating a good building contractor, dentist, plumber, painter, doctor, or lawyer.  What about finding a good hospital? If word of mouth from patients who were treated in that hospital is considered, several Virginia hospitals would fare poorly.  Virginia Business magazine’s January issue contains an article on this…[Read More]

Republicans say there is a “malpractice crisis,” experts disagree.

This issue is not a Republican versus Democrat or Liberal versus Conservative matter.  You have probably heard or read the following:   The medical malpractice crisis is threatening U.S. health care.   Baloney:  Medical errors claim more than 250,000 lives each year and medical negligence is the third-leading cause of death in America.  Sounds to…[Read More]