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Medical Errors – The Third Leading Cause of Death in America

June 7th, 2016 By Steven Knope, MD

The Third Leading Cause of Death in America

Many of you have read the recent study by Johns Hopkins researchers that showed medical errors are now the third leading cause of death in America.  Deaths from medical mistakes – some 251,000 people per year – are outnumbered only by deaths from heart disease and cancer.  Medical mistakes have become a national epidemic.

Reasons for medical errors:  I am going to explore some of the factors that have led to so many medical errors. … Read the rest

It Now Affects All of Us…The Final Pearl

October 2nd, 2014 By Steven Knope, MD

It has been a pleasure writing The Pearl for you over the past several years. I have very much enjoyed your feedback on my newsletters. Because the response has been so positive, I have taken several hours every month to write these articles. However, due to some challenging new developments in the Tucson medical community, I will no longer have the time to write The Pearl. So this will be my last newsletter.obamacare In some of my newsletters, I have warned you about the coming crisis in medicine as a result of the sweeping changes of ObamaCare.… Read the rest

ObamaCare – A Trojan Horse of Paper Mache

January 2nd, 2014 By Steven Knope, MD

Over the past several months, I’ve been silent on the subject of ObamaCare. But as the controversy has grown, I’ve received numerous requests for an update on this law. In this piece I will go beyond outlining the problems and will explain what is at the heart of the law, why the American people were deceived, and why this law will not survive.

Since October of 2013 when ObamaCare was launched, we have witnessed one disaster after another.… Read the rest

Does It Matter If Your Doctors Oppose ObamaCare? Part 2 – The Antidote to Malaise

October 14th, 2013 By Steven Knope, MD

In Part 1 of this newsletter I addressed the demoralization of many physicians in this country. I discussed why doctors are leaving medicine and retiring early. This letter is devoted to a significant portion of my patients who have been experiencing their own kind of malaise.

A couple of months ago a patient whom I’ve known for years came to my office for a routine visit. Her husband is a recently retired dentist and she was his office manager.… Read the rest

Does it Matter if Your Doctors Oppose ObamaCare? Part 1

August 21st, 2013 By Steven Knope, MD

This will be the first of a two-part newsletter. In Part 1, I will explain why many doctors are leaving medicine. Next month, I will explain why some of us have decided to stay – not only in body, but in mind and in spirit.  

So that my comments today are not interpreted as sour grapes, understand that ObamaCare has not been bad for my practice. In fact, patient-concern over ObamaCare has caused my practice to grow.… Read the rest

The IRS and ObamaCare: A Marriage Made In Hell

May 17th, 2013 By Steven Knope, MD

The United States Constitution was printed on 6 pages of paper. You can carry a small copy in your pocket and nobody will even know. By contrast, the IRS Tax Code is now 73,954 pages long. The Tax Code is so complex and fraught with pitfalls that I do not even attempt to do my own taxes. As the latest IRS scandal unfolds regarding the targeting of specific Americans for their political beliefs, it is that little Constitution that will be used to defend against the powerful IRS bureaucracy.… Read the rest

Preparing for the Collapse of ObamaCare: Some Advice on Timing for Doctors

April 22nd, 2013 By Steven Knope, MD

The difference between a hero and a martyr is timing. A hero takes charge and leads his people to victory. A martyr loses his life in defense of his beliefs. When ObamaCare collapses under its own weight, which type of doctor will you be?

Reading the Tea Leaves: Based upon several important indicators, I believe that ObamaCare will fail before it is ever fully implemented. For every physician who is running to comply with all of its new rules and regulations, stop running for a moment and think.… Read the rest