November 2011

Do Doctors Know Best About Delivering Babies?

"So my answer to the question in my title is no, doctors are not the best solution for having babies."

As little as 60 years ago, most births in the United States were at home. Midwives were the norm, not the exception, and you only went to the hospital when there was something wrong.  How quickly we forget.  These days, having a home birth is considered “alternative” and some people will give you scornful looks, talk about calling Child Protective Services, and in general treat you like a freak if you say you want to avoid the hospital for giving birth.

Is it Safe to Deliver Your Baby with a Family Practice Doctor?

"Women have delivered babies for thousands of years, and for only about 60 of those years have doctors been involved."

For people who live in the city, OB-GYN doctors are pretty easy to come by.  In some areas, mine included, we are so rural that family practice doctors do most of the baby delivering.  While some people absolutely refuse to let someone other than an OB-GYN expert deliver their children, for others the idea of doing it differently has never occurred to them.

Walmart Really Does Carry Everything

Walmart sent out a request last month, looking for partners to help it gain a foothold in the medical industry.  Walmart already operates 140 clinics that offer minor healthcare services, but it is looking to expand not only the clinics it operates, but also the health services it provides.  In the request for partners, Walmart asked prospects to discuss how they would treat chronic conditions like asthma, depression and sleep apnea, which goes above the common treatments offered at such clinics, such as vaccinations and blood pressure monitoring.

Being Overweight Can Lead to Healthcare Discrimination

Apparently, doctors have run out of things to be upset about, so they are turning to a whole new sector of the population: obese people.  Women in particular are the target of discrimination and prejudice when they are as little as 13 pounds overweight, according to a study performed in 2007 at Yale.  Men fare better in this area, and do not start to face issues with prejudice about their weight until they are greater than 75 pounds overweight.  What?

In some practices, doctors are refusing to treat obese patients at all, citing concerns over medical malpractice lawsuits, because obese people have more risk of complications in areas such as pregnancy.  Rather than pick on a select group of individuals, maybe doctors – and their patients – should work together to force a change in medical malpractice laws.  That would make more sense in the scheme of things.