In my latest Psychology Today blog I discuss recent medical literature which highlights the likelihood of becoming addicted to marijuana as well as the various consequences for those who over consume it, especially those who do so in adolescence.
Most states have physician health programs (PHPs), and physicians who are referred to them are generally bound to do whatever the PHP tells them in order to continue practicing medicine. Thus, PHPs wield a lot of power. The problem with them, however, is that despite their great power, many PHPs operate with little real oversight and as a result the rights and well-being of physicians who are referred to them can suffer.
Read my blog post at Psychology Today here.
Several days ago I received notice that Almost Addicted won the Will Solemine Award for Excellence in Medical Writing by the American Medical Writers Association. This is an award for medical writing that is geared toward a general audience. I am delighted to receive this award and take my hat off to Eric Metcalf whose writing and experience made the book what it is.
Some claim the US has the best health care in the world but even a cursory review of data suggests otherwise. Unfortunately, Obamacare is neither going to help or hurt the reality of the healthcare status of the US, despite the hilarious and dire predictions of the Fox News Business correspondent on this video:
The solution, like all of the countries with better health outcomes than us, is a nationalized health care system that is non-profit and guarantees integration of services. Kind of like the VA healthcare system or Medicare . . .
Op-ed in today’s New York Times says it all:
See my latest Psychology Today post here for my thoughts on this topic.
Lots of psychiatrists do not take any insurance, as documented by a recent paper in JAMA Psychiatry and written about in Newsweek.