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Soda Tax Has Some Fizz In State Senate

agreed, all the while steering away from the real problems that cause obesity.

May 6, 2013 at 10:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Soda Tax Measure Passes First Committee

I don't think the sodas or other sugary drinks are to blame. By taxing it in a way we are taking blame away from the consumers. I understand that it's hard to undo incorrect parental intervention during formative years but truly we are punishing the soda manufacturers and the families that still will purchase these items.
Perhaps we should consider taxing those with body mass indices above 30. Would that not be encouraging?

April 26, 2013 at 11:28 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

San Diego Physicians Tackling Prescription Drug Abuse

As physicians we are responsible for making sure that these drugs don't fall into the wrong hands, we are responsible to differentiate between those who are lying about their symptoms and those truly in pain. When we do identify patients who are abusing all we can do is recommend for them to go to a rehab program. Patients who doctor shop in order to accumulate large amounts of these pills for resale and those patients who are on disability or depressed and use these medications for self medication have no incentive to go into rehab. I don't think making the physician the gatekeeper of an addictive substance is wise or effective. Physicians can get sued for not adequately controlling someone's pain and can also get sued for overprescribing that same medication.
At some point physician will stop caring and will only do the bare minimum in order to stay employed.

April 25, 2013 at 4:46 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Boston Bombings Prompt Extra Vigilance in San Diego Area

I think CD is saying that even though there is "evidence" we probably should wait until the evidence legally is tied to the crime. It's a valid point but no doubt it's hard to think otherwise at this stage.

April 21, 2013 at 11:44 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Boston Bombings Prompt Extra Vigilance in San Diego Area

CailiforniaDefender, do you think these 2 individuals were brainwashed back in Chechnya or you think it happened here? I know people can get brainwashed but I have to admit to being naive enough to not realize that they could be brainwashed to do something this tragic.

April 19, 2013 at 1:22 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Obamacare To Pressure Californians’ Access To Medi-Cal Doctors

Being a physician is one of the most rewarding, fulfilling and enjoyable things I could imagine myself doing. I am very grateful and humbled that another human being puts their health in my hands and allows me the honor to help heal them. But just like anything beautiful in life it does have the other side, the monetary side. In order for me to be around for those patients of mine who genuinely want medical care I have to navigate around those who disregard their health and tip toe around the laws that could bring my career to an end.

March 9, 2013 at 9:51 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Obamacare To Pressure Californians’ Access To Medi-Cal Doctors

As a physician I am not protected if I decide to work in a town that has that kind of an underserved group of patients. I would actually be exposing myself to increased medical-legal risk. I would have to see more patients, with higher complexity, make less income, manage patients with lower education which translates to higher noncompliance and be at higher risk for law suits. I have to constantly worry about whether my chronic pain patient is abusing the drugs I am giving them, I have worry about my female patients trying to claim sexual misconduct, I have to deal with specialists who may not decide to treat the disease that I diagnosed due to poor compensation.....and the list goes on. This partly fueled by the thousands of patients who sue doctors for errors and partly because there is no protection offered to the physicians that have a great track record. Every day when I go to work it could be the last day that I practice. That 55 year old female that had that innocent cough could have had a pulmonary embolism, I decided not to send her to the ER because she didn't clinically appear to have a PE, she didn't have transportation to the ER, the ambulance would have charged her $500+, it would have been impossible to get her a CT scan of the chest outpatient and even if I did decide to send her she may not have felt the sense of urgency. If I'm expected to be the parent, the organizer, orchestrator, the resource organizer, the lackey, the scapegoat and the healer then I expect something else in return than what's being offered right now.

March 4, 2013 at 10:11 a.m. ( | suggest removal )