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Not that long ago, in the mid-1980s, more than half the doctors in the U.S. worked independently, and less than five percent were in large physician groups. Now healthcare has undergone a dramatic shift, with only 36 percent of physicians working in a solo practice in 2017. 20 percent of physicians now work in groups of 25 or more and 65% of doctors are based in a hospital.
If trends continue, by just 2019, an estimated 75 percent of all new physicians will be employed in a hospital. This is driven in part by the newest generation of doctors, who are 2.5 times less likely than their older counterparts to be in solo practice, and the lack of replacements for retiring solo physicians. Many existing doctors are also enticed out of private practice with buyout offers from hospitals and other healthcare providers. With the number of U.S. solo medical practices declining rapidly, it is time to examine the trend, and see what the advantages might be for a new doctor deciding to go it ...
With businesses increasingly embracing online services, it was almost inevitable that medicine would follow. Although teledermatology has become more popular, some still have their doubts about how well doctors can diagnose a patient based on a picture or video. Now, a new study confirms that even a cell phone picture can be effective in helping doctors diagnose skin conditions.
Teledermatology involves a virtual patient visit, with a dermatologist or family doctor speaking to a patient through video chat or simply viewing pictures of a skin condition. This and other types of telemedicine can help reach patients who live in remote areas, who do not have a specialist in their region, or who have mobility issues and cannot visit their doctor in person. The service can also make a doctor’s visit quicker and easier, allowing a patient to consult their doctor on the go.
The Pediatric Teledermatology Study
Patrick McMahon, MD, and a team at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia ...
You have probably heard it before: drugs and medical devices from other countries are dangerous. That may make sense on the surface, but once you delve into where drugs are actually made, and who oversees these factories, you realize this is simply not true. When it comes to drug imports, not knowing these details could hit you right in the wallet as you continue to pay more for exactly the same (and just as safe) products than doctors in other countries.
1. Most American drugs and aesthetic devices are made overseas.
Buy American: that is what the pharmaceutical companies tell you. When you pay more than $500 to buy Botox from your American suppliers, you are buying a genuine vial of American Botox. The problem is, your American Botox is not made in the U.S.A. at all. All vials of the botulinum toxin are made in one factory and one factory only, located in Ireland. This Irish manufacturing plant produces all the world's Botox, ready for delivery to more than seventy different countr ...