anonymous asked:

As a circ guy I have never felt pain because I was circed. I have felt pain because I was a dumbass and didn't use lube. And while I am anti-circumcision, I think the movement needs to calm the fuck down with generalizations. Not all men feel pain, not all babies are seriously injured from malpractice resulting from the operation. Just be truthful and give facts. I don't want conjecture.

Yeah that’s about how I feel about it. 

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (May 21, 2015)– A Florida dentist is accused of harming the most vulnerable of patients, young children. Meanwhile, he is accused of collecting millions of dollars in Medicaid payments for procedures that his patients didn’t need or want, according to CNN.

Editor’s note: Details in this story may be disturbing to some viewers.

Going to the dentist can be a terrifying experience for children, but some parents say they were horrified when they found out what happened to their kids at the hands of 78-year-old Howard Schneider.

For the past three weeks, there have been protests outside his Jacksonville practice. One patient was so angry that she was seen attacking him outside his office. However, Dr. Schneider says he has done nothing wrong.

The firestorm started after Brandi Motley wrote about the day she took her 6-year-old daughter, Briel, to the dentist to have one tooth pulled.

On the day of surgery, Motley says she was told that she could not sit with her daughter.

“The nurse suggested that it’s best, that kids act better when parents aren’t in the room. So they said, ‘We don’t like parents back here for the procedures,” said Motley.

Motley said she sat in the waiting room for three hours until the waiting turned to worrying.

“Finally, the nurse came and got me and she said there had been an incident. She was hyperventilating. She had marks all over her, blood all over her,” said Motley.

She was angry and unable to get a clear explanation of what happened, Motley says she and her daughter left and rushed to the emergency room.

“In the parking lot, she takes her gauze out and I notice that all of her teeth were gone,” said Motley.

Motley said Dr. Schneider had pulled not one tooth but seven. “What happened to all of her teeth?” Motley said.

“What happened to all of her teeth?” Motley told WJXT.

According to Motley, Briel says Dr. Schneider hit her and choked her.

Police were called twice and although department records indicate officers responded, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office told CNN that “no report was written on this incident.”

“That’s when I decided to put her pictures on my Facebook and tell everybody what happened,” said Motley.

Her story went viral, and other parents started sharing their children’s horror stories.

“I kept reading and reading until the name Dr. Howard and I knew that was the same dentist,” said Amanda Barry.

Amanda Barry is deaf, and her 5-year-old son, Dominic, is blind in one eye. Barry says Dominic was referred to Dr. Schneider for a crown in March. Now, Dominic is part of a civil suit accusing Schneider of assault and battery.

According to the complaint, “two front teeth were removed for unknown reasons.”

The complaint also alleges that Dominic was “terrified and told stories of the dentist choking (him.)”

“I screamed for my mom,” Dominic said.

“That’s what bothers me the most. Because I’m deaf, I can’t hear anything- and to know that my child was calling for me and my name and I couldn’t help him, it makes me feel, like, lousy. It makes me feel lousy. Do you know I’m always here for you?” she asked Dominic.

“Until the dentist appointment, the mean dentist appointment, we were apart. I was feeling, like, sad because I wasn’t with you,” Dominic said.

Briel’s family was part of that same lawsuit, but has since withdrawn and filed a medical malpractice suit.

“Medicaid paid him per tooth. So, can I cap a tooth twice? Yes. Can I then pull it? Yes. Can I then successfully obtain benefits for all three? Absolutely,” said Gust Sarris, an attorney.

State records show that Schneider has received nearly $4 million in Medicaid reimbursements in the last five years.

State records show that Schneider has received nearly $4 million in Medicaid reimbursements in the last five years.
The Florida Attorney General’s Office has launched a criminal Medicaid fraud investigation and is looking into claims that stretch back for decades.

A 1995 malpractice suit was settled out of court, claiming Dr. Schneider unnecessarily placed 16 crowns in the mouth of a 3-year-old.

The boy’s family was paid $7,500 as part of the settlement agreement.

A second malpractice suit was filed that year, but the documents from that case have been destroyed and the outcome is unclear.

“Somebody who is performing procedures that children don’t need, pulling teeth that he knows should be in the child’s mouth. In some cases, we even have where many procedures were done, except what they came in for,” said Sarris.

Sarris filed a potential class action suit against Schneider, claiming “patterns of abuse of his child patients.”

It’s an accusation that CNN reported has been made in the past.

According to a 2013 police report, the mother of a 5-year-old patient was allowed to sit with her daughter. She told officers that Schneider “grabbed her daughter’s face” and “slapped her face several times.”

However, the doctor denied those accusations and was not arrested.

Despite the investigation, Dr. Schneider is free to practice and his license is clear.

“To go to jail, to never work on any other kids, to shut his doors so he can never do this again,” said Barry.

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I once had a male doctor refuse to perform a bone graft using bone from my shin as i ‘would never be able to wear a bikini with that big scar’. Instead he took the bone from my hip, which was not contained inside my cast and was exposed so became infected and i got septicaemia. I got a superbug, almost lost my foot which had turned black and nearly died. I was seriously ill because a surgeon decided i needed to look pretty.

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anonymous asked:

Do doctors really order unnecessary lab tests regularly out of fear of getting sued? I recently read an article claiming some alarming statistic that a lot of the tests performed are done solely out of malpractice fears. That seems so sad, that this system is broken to this extent.

Umm… yeah, we do.

So, remember earlier this year when I found out I got sued? It was because we didn’t do a bunch of labs that, though completely medically unnecessary and against the standard of care, the family thought would have “saved” their loved one from death. 

There are certain things that have become standard out there, and if you don’t order a certain test and you mess up, you WILL get sued. This happens a lot more in the hospital than in the outpatient setting. As a general rule, the sicker the patient is, the more unnecessary tests they get. 

Patient says they have the worse headache of their life? Doesn’t matter that they come to the ER for that same complaint once a week for Dilaudid. They’re getting a CT scan to rule out a bleed.

Patient has burning chest/epigastric pain that is obviously coming from their severe chronic esophagitis? Better get a stress test or a cath just to be sure it’s not their heart. 

We do this stuff ALL the time. One of the things I love about doing medicine overseas is that this burden to CYA is lifted and you can practice medicine in a logical, common sense, prudent way while still treating the patient completely appropriately for their condition. 

But as long as we judge the quality of a doctor’s care by patient satisfaction scores and we allow people to sue for ridiculous things and ask for ungodly sums of money, doctors will continue to practice defensive medicine

There is a point where it gets out of hand though. In my opinion, if you’re draining the system or potentially causing harm to the patient with all your CYA tests, you’ve gone too far. And I think a lot of doctors order tests without talking to the patient first because they assume all patients are litigious, but if you and the patient can come to an agreement not to do an expensive unnecessary workup, then it’s fine. 

Yes, Residents Can Be Sued. And it Totally Sucks.

By the time they reach age 65, 75% of physicians in low-risk specialties will be sued. Only 19% will ever have to pay a plaintiff. Compared to high risk specialties, where 99% of physicians will be sued and 71% will lose, this doesn’t sound too bad. But knowing these facts doesn’t make the reality of the words “you’re being sued” any less gut wrenching to hear when they’re actually uttered to you

Lawsuits take a HUGE emotional toll on physicians and they ultimately can change the way you practice. You begin to see your patients as plaintiffs, yourself as a possible defendant or witness. You cover your butt. You document, document, document. You burn out. 

Worse still, you can’t talk to anyone about it. You fear that your peers and patients will judge you and assume your guilt. Your brain, logic, and reason tell you that you did nothing wrong. Yet you continue to worry that you will be found responsible. But you can’t discuss it with anyone. There’s no one to assure you that you will be fine. And of course anything you say about the case to co-workers has the potential to come back and bite you in court. 

So you keep silent.

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I once had a guy tell me that I shouldn’t put “bisexual” in my dating profile because it would attract the wrong kind of men. When I asked “you mean like women?” he replied “wait, you want to attract women?” He also imparted the advice that I was never going to have a successful relationship until I became more subservient. This guy was a relationship councilor.

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In his new memoir, Doctored, Sandeep Jauhar describes a growing discontent among doctors and how it’s affecting patients. He says rushed doctors are often practicing “defensive medicine.”

“There’s no question that there’s a lot of unnecessary testing in American medicine today and the reasons for it are manyfold. Part of it is … a lack of time. You have a patient come into your office and you have eight minutes with them and they have lower back pain and you don’t want to miss something because one of the major causes of dissatisfaction among doctors today is malpractice liability; there’s that fear.

A lot of doctors are practicing defensive medicine. There have been various estimates that defensive medicine costs up to $100 billion a year out of the roughly $3 trillion we spend on health care, so it’s a huge, huge waste. … It takes time to evaluate the patient, get a good history, examine the patient, and it’s just so much easier to order a test— especially when the financial incentives of the system are to reward for more and more testing." 

anonymous asked:

Sorry I can't remember what happened, was the sue case successful against you? I hope they weren't. And I'm British, so if they were successful what impact would that have on you?

The lawsuit isn’t over yet. It’s been going on for a year already and should go to trial in about 6 months to a year (yay for a “speedy trial”). My hospital has refused to settle in the case. It is a sad case. A person died, though no one was at fault, but the family needs to blame someone as a part of their grieving process. 

Originally, I was named personally in the case, along with my hospital and every other doctor involved in the patient’s care. If we had lost and my name were still on the case, my malpractice insurance would have to pay out. That’s not so bad. But it also goes on your “permanent doctor record,” for lack of a better term, so every time I apply for licensure or a new job or board certification, it comes up and has to be reviewed. All of those applications have a box you have to check if you have been “personally named in a malpractice suit” and then make you explain the outcome. 

 Fortunately our individual names have been dropped from the case, so now, regardless of the outcome, when I check that box I can say “my name was dropped from the case and no settlement was paid”.

But the main impact this case has had on me is emotional. Being sued, especially as a resident when you have been told you are protected by your attendings, is extremely emotionally trying. You go into work every day with the goal of helping people, and in the end you feel betrayed by the very people you try to help. It is an affront to your competency, which in residency is constantly being put to the test anyway. Your confidence takes a hit as well, which is, you know, exactly what you need when you are being barraged by pimp questions and board review and patients who think you are still in high school. It was a great relief to find out that my name had been dropped, but every deposition I give or read and every document I review still feels like a twist of a knife in my back.


Mariya and Darya Krivoshlyapova, known as Masha and Dasha were russian conjoined twins. They were born in Moscow in 1950 by cesarean section. Their mother was told that they died from pneumonia soon after birth, although the twins were actually abducted for medical research and experimentation , which they would be subject to for the next 20 years. Sometimes the doctors would dunk one twin in water to see if the other cried, or they would poke one twin with needles to see if the other could feel it. During this time they received only basic education and were taught to walk with crutches. After their time as medical research subjects, the twins lived for most of their lives in institutes for the disabled, at they were unable to work and could walk only very slowly. Dasha was given to immune weakness, was right handed and short sighted. Her sister became a smoker, later developed a taste for alcohol, had higher blood pressure, enjoyed clear vision and was left handed. Masha became an alcoholic, and in 2003 she died from a heart attack. Dasha died 17 hours later, refusing to be separated.

The Sport of Feeling

He told me, before he let the whole words slip, that kissing me was like kissing someone you are in love with and that he was worried and a bit freaked out by the unusualness of it. It wasn’t as if he hadn’t kissed plenty of girls, but I spent a month showing him exactly how many emotions I could pull out with my fingers and mouth. How many things that I could cycle him through like a wheel that I just kept on spinning until the spokes broke. 

There is no logic in feeling, no choosing in love. Not really. And there are just some people who will always have parts of you, even if you were never aware that you gave them away in the first place. There is one man that tells me that he loves every who that I am, and every time he starts I hang up the phone after telling him that the one difference between his lust and real love is that lust fades after the act. He tells me that I know how it feels now, to hear things being said that you wished weren’t. Words for words, and I know I should have never messed with his heart for sport or poetry, but I wanted to see what all he could feel, just like with every one of them. I wanted to spread their emotions out onto the table and examine them, see how many could be had, wanted to cut their hearts open to study exactly how they love and live, and be able to shove it all back in when I’m done and leave without getting sued for malpractice. The world doesn’t work that way though, we can’t make people bleed feelings and then think that we can just leave them there, that they will go away if we do. They are like hungry dogs that can smell all of the things cooking inside of a heart, they stay and stay and stay. 

“What are we doing about this?” asked a male doctor while gesturing at my body. “Diet? Excercize? No? Young girls shouldn’t be wasting their looks, you’d have plenty of time to be fat and ugly when you’re older. Don’t you want to be pretty like your friends?” So first of all, I’m in average shape. So it wasn’t concern for my health that moved him. Second, that was the first time he ever met me. Third, he was a skin doctor I came to see about something that was COMPLETELY UNRELATED TO MY WEIGHT.

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Lawyers, drugs and money: Calif. advocates push to raise malpractice cap

Alex Smick suffered a back injury and started seeing a pain management doctor at 18.Within two years, he had been prescribed Vicodin, Oxycontin and, eventually, morphine. He became dependent on the addictive drugs, and decided to check himself into a Laguna Beach, Calif., hospital to detox on Feb. 22, 2012.

The next morning, he was dead. He was just 20 years old.

“Between 5 and 11 p.m., they gave him 11 medications,’’ said his mother, Tammy, a special education teacher in Downey, Calif. “From 11 pm., they stopped checking on him. When they checked at 6 a.m., he was already dead. He basically was drugged to death.”

Heart-wrenching tales of medical malpractice — from a little girl who lost part of her arms and legs after being left waiting in an emergency room for hours to a woman who had a quadruple amputation after a botched hysterectomy — are surfacing in the aggressive campaign to put The Troy and Alana Pack Patient Safety Act on the California ballot this November.

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