Tagged: Medical Practice

Kidz Go Free… - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Dec 13, 2010

The Herald has a fascinating example of how statistics can be filtered through an agenda to say, more or less, what you want. The latest set of statistics from the Children’s Social Health Monitor have been interpreted by Prof Cindy Kiro and the current Children’s Commissioner, John Angus, to mean that the recession is having [...] Related posts: … Read More

The Social Lens of Social Medicine - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Nov 16, 2010

Tim Parke, the Clinical Director of Auckland Hospital Emergency Department, has written an opinion piece in today’s Herald, extolling the virtues of state health care. “Universal” health care, as he calls it. That word immediately alerts me to the socialist thinking that will be behind the article. The most obvious aspect of state health is [...] Related posts: … Read More

The Real Problem - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Sep 19, 2010

The editorial in the Weekend Herald today is one of the more insightful commentaries on medicine I have seen. The Editor correctly points out that many of the percieved failings of the medical fraternity have little to do with the facilities, number of staff or quality of clinical acumen. In today’s paper, members of the [...] Related posts: … Read More

May Contain Strokes… - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Sep 15, 2010

That seems to be what we should be putting on the packs of anti-inflammatory drugs on supermarket shelves (Neurofen, Cataflam et al) – at least, that is what this Herald article is suggesting. It reports that a recent Danish study shows an 86% increased risk of stroke for users of the drug Voltaren (diclofenac). This [...] Related posts: … Read More

Not as Good - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Aug 25, 2010

I see Paul Henry is in trouble again. This time over suggesting that foreign doctors aren’t as good as those trained in New Zealand. I suspect he makes stupid comments like this deliberately, because he knows they are good for ratings. As a foreign-trained doctor myself, I find it hard to take offense at Henry’s [...] Related posts: … Read More

Real Quackery - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Aug 06, 2010

Yesterday’s Herald contained a sad story about a young man who had been seen by the local mental health team, diagnosed him as potentially psychotic and prescribed an anti-psychotic. His counsellor later told him to stop taking the anti-psychotic and continue with counseling. He subsequently committed suicide. A young man committed suicide after his counsellor [...] Related posts: … Read More

Consumer Doctors - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Jul 26, 2010

Found this in my e-mail today Hi Jim, I remember reading a while ago that you thought a medical ratings website might be a good idea. Well found this on trademe forum the other day, looks like its going to be a reality? http://www.medrate.co.nz Thanks Steve Sadly for Steve, I am generally not that much in favour of medical [...] Related posts: … Read More

The $3 Shop - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Jul 16, 2010

The MacDoctor often refers to the pharmacy as the $3 shop (All funded script items cost $3.00). And, yes, patients often stare at him blankly, but one has to get one’s fun from somewhere. A recent Herald article claims that this fee is sometimes too much for low-income people causing them not to pick up [...] Related posts: … Read More

The Hole in Maternity (Updated) - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Jun 06, 2010

Once more the maternity system in New Zealand is under fire in the Dominion post, with a couple of articles involving the death of newborn babies. In the first article, the newborn died from haemorrhagic disease (excessive bleeding) because the parents refused to allow their child to have vitamin K. Too much internet disinformation can [...] Related posts: … Read More

Flu Chaos - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh May 22, 2010

The Herald reports that a report by Martin Dawe of the first two weeks of the Swine Flu epidemic is intensely critical of the lack of planning and poor coordination of data resources. This was the MacDoctor’s impression of the entire debacle. I knew of a potentially deadly strain of Mexican flu three days before [...] Related posts: … Read More