Imagine being told that you are HIV-positive. The doctor advises you to only have sex with other sero-positive patients and prescribes a grueling regime of medications that have crippling side effects.
If you're seeking surgery here in Louisville or elsewhere, it's normal to have concerns that something could go wrong during the procedure. While the majority of surgeries here in the United States go off without a hitch, every year there are too many "never events" and surgical errors that occur to patients.
A Louisville physician has been "indefinitely suspended" from practicing hormone medicine by the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure. 25 Again's medical director, Dr. Elizabeth Veeneman Bates, will retain her license to practice medicine and the clinic will not be shuttered.
When something goes wrong and a family member seeks medical treatment to fix the problem, you expect that the doctors and other medical professionals will correctly diagnose and treat the problem. You don't consider that their misdiagnosis and/or incorrect treatment protocols could render your loved one an invalid.
Medicine is not an exact science, and doctors are unable to guarantee their patients will have good outcomes. But that does not absolve some medical practitioners of egregious actions and treatment errors that rise to the level of medical malpractice.
Imagine having a permanent case of rhinitis, i.e., a runny nose, for two years. Tired of life tethered to a tissue box, you go to the doctor, who tells you that it's allergies.
A few years ago, one medical malpractice insurance company, The Doctor's Company, ordered an analysis of 1,180 malpractice claims against internal medicine doctors. They discovered that 58 percent of malpractice claims against internists were for high-severity injuries. This was in sharp contrast to the 34 percent of total claims against all doctors.
If your child's teacher gets sick and can't teach, the school calls in a substitute. If the fry cook at the local fast food eatery calls in, the manager either finds someone to man the grill or dons an apron himself and does the job.
Many Kentucky residents like to supplement traditional medical treatments with alternative remedies and homeopathic medications that have been around in different incarnations for many years.
Finding a good doctor is a little like playing the lottery -- you have to pick a name from a list of approved providers from your insurance company and then find one who's accepting new patients. Then you have to hope that you can actually trust him or her to both know what he or she is doing and put your needs first.