In the Public Eye

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 9:19am

Mandatory condoms in porn movies. Legalized marijuana. Electronic cigarettes, taxed. Plastics carryout bags at convenience stores, protected by law. Same kind of disposable bags, prohibited by law, except if you pay a 10-cent usage tax. Ah, another election year approaches in the fully functional/dysfunctional citizens’ democracy of California.

In the Public Eye

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 2:13pm

In my section of New York City in the “Mad Men” 1960s era, both my primary care doc and my dentist smoked cigarettes in their offices as they treated me. OK, the dentist would wash his hands, but his breath reeked. When I was hospitalized for an appendectomy, I kept a diary in my bedside drawer – until some nosy intern found it, called in his friends and read it aloud. And my surgery was delayed because the doc was out Christmas shopping – he had his hands full of presents as he waltzed by me in my pre-surgery anesthetic haze.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 12:11pm

We wear lanyards, clip-on’s or sticky labels. This day, our names show affiliations with the California Hospital Association, the Central California Sikh community and a West Coast petroleum association.

Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 11:54am

Three years after the birth of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka, Obamacare), the public largely feels ignorant of how it might affect them and has not experienced much outreach or education from those implementing the Rubik’s Cube of rules.

Those are some of the findings of a recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll. And they certainly mirror three online polls on Community Medical Centers’ Intranet “Forum” site.

Friday, March 15, 2013 - 12:25pm

I was about three minutes into a presentation when I began dropping the “A-bombs.” I believe the explosions started something like this: “CHA would like CMC to do outreach to area CBOs.”

One vice president screwed up his face and spat out what he guessed I meant by CBO. (Hint: It’s community-based organizations.”  My boss, an SVP (oops, another “bomb”), said something along about how far a onetime professional journalist has fallen when he routinely spits out alphabet soup instead of crisp Reader’s Digest words.

Monday, February 25, 2013 - 10:08am

There’s never a shortage of health news, some of which screams for headlines and some which simply makes one’s head wag.

Condoms & Valentine’s Day: Assemblyman Tom Ammiano chose February 14 to introduce AB 336, which would bar police from using possession of one or more condoms as evidence of sexual solicitation in arrests or prosecution of alleged prostitutes. “They can still arrest people under the law. They would only be prevented from using as evidence the one thing that protects  public health: condoms,” he told the Sacramento Bee.