It’s hard to imagine enjoying a hospital stay, however hospitals are trying to improve the patient experience. Back when I worked for a hospital the executives would bristle when someone joked that the daily room charge in a hospital cost 10 times the daily room charge in a nice hotel. The ratio is probably closer to 30 times now. Despite the massive price increase, hospitals still don’t excel at hospitality.
Author: Devon Herrick
CDC: Paid Sick Leave Would Reduce Foodborne Illness Outbreaks (Probably Not)
I met a doctor years ago who told me he didn’t like to eat in restaurants due to fears of catching foodborne pathogens. He worked in a community health setting and frequently treated food service workers with infectious diseases. He thought too many of his food service patients were fairly lackadaisical about taking their medications and too often worked when they should call-in sick. Apparently he was on to something. A new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found one of the causes of foodborne outbreaks at restaurants are food service workers handling food while they are ill.
Getting the Most Out of a Physician Visit
I have never been to a doctor who I’ve had a problem with. I can’t think of a single time. If you have experienced a bad physician visit or a physician you did not click with, the reality may be that you were a bad patient. Or perhaps you were an ill-prepared patient. An empowered patient tries to get the most out of their physician visits.
Smartphones are Creating a Public Health Emergency
I read a lot. If I’m away from my computer I read on my iPhone. My wife sometimes complains when I’m paying too much attention to my phone and not enough to what she’s saying. Come to find out that is very common. A couples therapist with 25-years of experience reports that the biggest new cause of friction in relationships is the smart phone.