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Old 09-16-2014, 09:12 PM   #1
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The doctor is NOT always right!

Scary case. Cancer doc profiting millions $$ from "chemo mill" fraud, including unnecessary scans and giving chemo to patients who did not have cancer at all . A nurse tried to blow the whistle to state medical board 3 years ago but they apparently refused to prosecute.
Whistleblower wonders why Dr. Farid Fata was not charged with fraud sooner | News - Home

This dude ran 5 or 6 cancer centers in Michigan for years.
Cancer doctor denied lower bond, will stay in Milan federal prison | News - Home
And according to Healthgrades did a cancer fellowship at Sloan Kettering-
Dr. Farid T. Fata, MD - Hematology & Oncology & Internal Medicine - Clarkston, MI

FBI complaint is shocking in its description of his mistreatment of patients. And defrauding $35 million from Medicare (plus who knows how much from private patients and their insurances).
FBI ‚€” Oakland County Doctor and Owner of Michigan Hematology and Oncology Centers Charged in $35 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

Yet apparently there were a number of his patients coming to his defense still claiming he was a good doctor
Update:Oncologist Accused Of Poisoning Patients Remains Behind Bars For Now¬*‚€“¬* Deadline Detroit

He is now (apparently) pleading guilty in Fed court, and the Fed prosecutor is seeking a life sentence & refusing to "negotiate".
Mich. doctor admits to fraudulent treatments - CBS News

Maybe getting that second opinion ain't such a bad idea after all
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Having gone through the cancer chemo/radiation routine at several different hospital/clinics I cannot stress how wonderful the doctors, nurses and technicians were at every facility. You can sense that these people have found their calling. I still maintain the relationship with my treatment staff. I feel sad for these folks who were taken advantage of in their worst times. I suspect the supporting staff made up for many of the inadequacies of this criminal.
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Name a profession, trade, or any endeavor with a commercial side at all, and if you look close enough, you will find charlatans among the population.
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Name a profession, trade, or any endeavor with a commercial side at all, and if you look close enough, you will find charlatans among the population.
+1. Yet lots of people seem to love to offer up exceptions to "prove" their POV.
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Old 09-18-2014, 03:59 PM   #5
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Just my opinion here but doctors have a license to practice medicine and that is exactly what they do, practice on you and me. I like my GP but I take his advice under consideration and have yet to have his many prescriptions filled as I think they are more driven by big pharma than by actual need. Just my two cents.
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I have a great relationship with my doc.
On my last checkup, nearly a year ago, he mentioned a new test and I started telling him all about it. His eyes got big, and he said "Wow! You've really done your research. You're the first patient I've seen who has even heard of this."

Another time, he started the typical spiel about statins (I have high total cholesterol, which is fine with me). I told him all I cared about were my HDL and triglyceride numbers, and then proceeded to explain exactly why. His response was "Well, those numbers are fantastic, and since you're a long time runner I think you should just keep doing what you're doing."

So I guess I'm lucky to have a doc who actually listens to me and admits that I'm a reasonably intelligent person. I think I'm even luckier that all the specialists he has ever sent me to were the same way.

Overall, my experience with medical doctors over the last quarter century has been wonderful.
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Just a bit of curiosity.

Docs give advice to the rest of us on how to live, ie. don't eat this or that, do ....
Since they are trained professionals in the health field, why they do not as a group live well past the 100 year mark? The theoretical limit of human life is around 120 years.
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Just a bit of curiosity.

Docs give advice to the rest of us on how to live, ie. don't eat this or that, do ....
Since they are trained professionals in the health field, why they do not as a group live well past the 100 year mark? The theoretical limit of human life is around 120 years.
Big reason- genetics. Even with the healthiest lifestyle, it's unlikely to see 95 if none of your ancestors lived past 65

And medical knowledge is not perfect, but ever changing. All anyone can do is act on the best info available at the time. Not too many years ago the huge focus was on total cholesterol, but now its on HDL and LDL. Niacin was widely advocated to bring down cholesterol, but most recent studies (as discussed in other threads) indicate it may be harmful. Etc., etc.

Plus people (inc docs) make their own lifestyle choices. Many simply choose not to exercise regularly. And that juicy steak hot off the grill may not be healthy, but it can be sooooo good
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Just a bit of curiosity.

Docs give advice to the rest of us on how to live, ie. don't eat this or that, do ....
Since they are trained professionals in the health field, why they do not as a group live well past the 100 year mark? The theoretical limit of human life is around 120 years.

Because it is a very stressful job and only a very few RE. Ask me how I know.


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As a doc myself, I can tell you a few reasons.
1. Being a doctor is still very prestigious. If you say you are a doctor in social conversation, heads turn.
2. Guilt. Wasting one's education by retiring early. My primary care specialty is in short supply in our area and in many rural areas. Makes it hard to quit.
3. It consistently pays well. Some specialties are extremely lucrative.

I think most physicians are relatively long lived, barring aggressive cancers and freak illnesses. My own specialty news lists obituaries of colleagues. Those in their late 80s and 90s far outnumber those in their 50s and 60s. Few, if any, doctors smoke anymore.


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Thanks for the responses. Guess docs longevity is similar to general population.

And maybe taking care of themselves is akin to mechanics taking care of their cars, shoemakers and their shoes...
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I had heard that doctors overall have a shorter lifespan- good to know that's not true.
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Old 09-19-2014, 02:12 PM   #13
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Last I checked doctors were human...not superhuman
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Last I checked doctors were human...not superhuman
Tell that to some of the malpractice lawyers
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Another reason doctors do not retire early is because they can't.

They rack up huge debts in the cost of the education, then they live large, and leverage themselves even further.

Few practice LBYM.

Then they also make lots of other financial mistakes because they think they know more than they actually do, mistaking their smarts about medicine for generalizable wisdom about other "less complicated" fields like finance.

Most finance people will tell you that physicians are among the worst with their own money.




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Old 09-20-2014, 11:37 AM   #16
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Doctors that do LBYM are not all that rare but given that their entire young adult lives are spent in a state of delayed gratification in terms of lifestyle, material things and leisure activities their criteria for acceptable FI numbers are often on the high side. After all they have worked so hard and everyone including themselves expects them to live a little larger than your average Joe.

Ergo hard to retire young if you want to live well and are just emerging from net negative worth in your mid thirties. Add to that shrinking reimbursements and a backlash of mistrust for health care professionals and the reasons for high stress are rather obvious.

All that being said the 95% plus of MDs are caring and very hard working. They HATE the criminal MDs that game the system and hurt patients more than anyone. It is an embarrassment.

With regard to lifespan us Drs. are subject to all the variables everyone else is. Genetics, diet, exercise, lifestyle and so on. If our lifespans are slightly higher than average is is probably based on access to healthcare and being a squeaky wheel in the system when we know acute care is needed.
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Amen to a second, or more opinion, and doing your own research.
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I'm not big on the death penalty, but I think I could be convinced that I was wrong about it for that guy.
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Niacin was widely advocated to bring down cholesterol, but most recent studies (as discussed in other threads) indicate it may be harmful.
I haven't seen any threads that said niacin was harmful. I did see the one where they said it lowered/raised your LDL/HDL but didn't really add to longevity, but I haven't seen anything saying it's harmful. Can you point me to what you are talking about?
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I haven't seen any threads that said niacin was harmful. I did see the one where they said it lowered/raised your LDL/HDL but didn't really add to longevity, but I haven't seen anything saying it's harmful. Can you point me to what you are talking about?
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Taking niacin for the heart may pose serious health risks - CBS News

-The larger study suggests that "for every 200 people that we treat with niacin, there is one excess death," plus higher rates of bleeding, infections and other problems -- "a completely unacceptable level" of harm, said Dr. Donald Lloyd-Jones of Northwestern University in Chicago. "Niacin should not be used routinely in clinical practice at all."

-Besides more gastrointestinal, blood-sugar and other complications, the new report details a higher rate of infections and a trend toward higher rates of serious bleeding.

-The consistency of the results on studies testing multiple types of niacin "leaves little doubt that this drug provides little if any benefits and imposes serious side effects," said Yale University cardiologist Dr. Harlan Krumholz.

-Krumholz said patients should talk with doctors about other treatment options besides niacin."This drug can hurt you," he said.
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