In the Public Eye

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 11:54am

What would your doctor see if you let him poke around your house with no restrictions? Think about it. When you hire a Realtor, you usually tidy up before a get-acquainted tour. When you’re on the market – and your house isn’t a full-time dump – you don’t leave last night’s leftovers in the sink before going to work.
 

But if you doctor determined today was the date for your annual house physical – unannounced – what would he find?


In the Public Eye

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 9:04am

The Central San Joaquin Valley is where researchers come to paint often worst-case health scenarios for the rest of the nation. But when it comes to triggering remedies, along with the necessary political, fiscal and educational muscle, there are few who’ll take leadership. A flood of recent surveys and studies has reminded Valley residents  that the air they breathe, the water they consume and the neighborhoods they call home are among the most befouled in the state and nation.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 9:33am

So, the “free” annual physical came with a bill. I’d already provided the physician with a co-pay because we dealt with more medical matters than the physical. But because the physical included an EKG, and a previous EKG has indicated an aberration, this no longer was a preventive medicine but an ongoing follow-up of a recognized health matter.


Monday, March 24, 2014 - 9:35am

The obituary was nicely written, sprinkled with loving memories and jovial asides in a few short sentences. It was posted on Facebook. It drew scores of “likes” from the writer’s friends and families. Wait, now. “Liking” an obituary? Is that just the way it is, just enough time spent in our hurly-burly lives?

Did any of the “likes” also invest $7 in a Hallmark card? Slip a handwritten note into an envelope? Make a donation in the deceased’s name? Call the friend to offer condolences?


Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 3:20pm

Enter hospital. Observe, and ask one question: “Am I in a social fabric that is safe and caring?” Expected answer, from stressed, overwhelmed patient, “I should be.” From caregiver, “We try to make it that way.”


Friday, January 17, 2014 - 9:16am

It’s amazing how keeping people out of hospitals and getting crooks into jail can travel along similar paths. The other day, healthcare futurist Joe Flower reflected on the important forces driving the biggest change in healthcare in anyone’s memory --- demographics, economics and technology.