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Shouldn’t Doctors Control Hospital Care? Yes. Physician Leadership Matters.

Does physician leadership matter asks cardiologist and author Dr. Sandeep Jauhar in his NYT opinion piece “Shouldn’t Doctors Control Hospital Care?”.  He opens his piece with the termination of the elected leaders of the medical staff office at the Tulare Regional Medical Center due to poor performance. He answers his rhetorical question with the obvious and simple response that doctors should control hospital care.  Though he cites physician led and well-respected health care organizations like Cleveland Clinic and Mayo Clinic as examples of this, his conclusion begs a different question. Doctors in the past were in control of hospital care, so why the shift to businesspeople running hospitals? The issue lies in the false dichotomy Jauhar and others often create by asking whether physicians or businesspeople should ultimately be responsible for hospital care. A more complete answer would be the importance of physicians leaders embracing both medical and business perspectives. Physicians […] Read More »



A1c Testing – Screening and Checking for Diabetes at Lemonaid Health

Lemonaid Health recently launched the A1c Blood Sugar Test service that allows Americans to get tested for diabetes or prediabetes with a simple non-fasting blood test, the HgbA1c or hemoglobin A1c. The test is done at your nearest Quest laboratory. Getting the blood test and doctor interpretation of the lab result can be done for less than $35. Health care built around your needs and your life. Simple and convenient. Set up an account on Lemonaid Health via our app or website. Answer some basic questions. Pay for the visit and lab fee. We order the lab electronically and notify you when completed so you can schedule an appointment or walk-in to your nearest Quest laboratory. Go get your blood drawn. No fasting needed! When we get the results, we message you securely and provide interpretation of the result. Results typically in 3 to 5 business days (if not sooner).     […] Read More »



Get Tested and Checked for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea STD? Do it online with Lemonaid Health!

Lemonaid Health recently created a new sexually transmitted disease (STD) service that allows Americans to get tested and checked for chlamydia and gonorrhea, the two most common bacterial causes of STDs.  It is a simple urine test that screens for both chlamydia and gonorrhea. The test is done at your nearest Quest laboratory and can be done once a year.               Did you know? According to the US Preventive Services Task Force, all sexually active women ages 24 and younger should have a urine test to screen for chlamydia.  Women in this age group are at increased risk for this infection. 3 out of 4 women who have the infection have no symptoms! If not treated, it can cause complications including more a serious infection and infertility as well as passing it to her partner. If you are a women age 24 or younger, be sure to […] Read More »

High Cholesterol and Need A Refill or Treatment with a Statin? Do it online with Lemonaid Health!

Lemonaid Health recently created a new high cholesterol service that allows Americans to get tested for high cholesterol. If medically appropriate, we can provide prescription medicine to treat and decrease a person’s risk of heart attack and stroke. For as little as $200 a year (less than a dollar per day), Americans at risk can get lab work, doctor interpretation of the labs and a year prescription of statin medicine should it be necessary. For those who need a statin refill, this can also be provided as long as it is safe and appropriate. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and controlling cholesterol is simply one way to decrease that risk. Common statin medicines include lovastatin (Mevacor), simvastatin (Zocor), atorvastatin (Lipitor), and rosuvastatin (Crestor).   Using the most up-to-date medical guidelines An individual’s risk for future heart attack can be estimated by using a […] Read More »

American Sickness by Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal and Mistreated by Dr. Robert Pearl – Healthcare Reform Book Reviews

Two great books on the failings and the opportunities on how to make the US health care system better and health care reform are An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back by Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal and Mistreated: Why We Think We’re Getting Good Health Care—and Why We’re Usually Wrong by Dr. Robert Pearl. In a time where America must reform healthcare so it is more accessible, more affordable, safer, and of higher quality, both books are welcome additions to what I recommended medical students and resident physicians read to not only become better doctors, but also doctors who will help lead changes necessary to make this a reality. An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back An American Sickness is the most comprehensive and thoughtful investigation of the complexity and evolution of the US healthcare […] Read More »