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The Country Doc

Elma, Washington
"The Country Doc" is a rural family doctor in the heart of logging and farming country. When not practicing full spectrum "womb to tomb" family medicine he blogs on everything in health and health care from a "country doc's" perspective at... Full Bio
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Field Trip by The Country Doc Posted in: Blog Posts in Life as a Doc She just kept on sitting in the waiting room with her two young sons running all over the place. I had already seen her for her prenatal appointment and since my staff spea ... Read on »
What is Chronic Disease Management? by The Country Doc Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine We often hear politicians and policy makers espouse their plans to gear the health care system toward chronic disease management, but I think few (including politicians) rea ... Read on »
"It's about Health not Health Care" by The Country Doc Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Former Oregon governor and ER physician, John Kitzhaber, spoke for the medical staff of an area hospital last evening offering his thoughts on the fundamental flaws of our c ... Read on »
Why Doesn't Anyone Know What Primary Care Is? by The Country Doc Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy JAMA’s recent article on the sorry future prospects for primary care (see my previous post) did catch some headlines in mainstream media, but the story demonstrated their lac ... Read on »
Primary Care Workforce: A Responsbility to the Investors? by The Country Doc Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy This week’s JAMA takes a look at medical education and the results are not too flattering for primary care. The most startling statistic was that out of 1177 internal medicin ... Read on »
9/11/2001: The Day No One Went into Labor by The Country Doc Posted in: Blog Posts in Life as a Doc On the anniversary of September 11th we all are naturally drawn to that day in 2001 and recall what we were doing when the towers fell. For me, this will always remind me o ... Read on »
The Lipstick Vote by The Country Doc Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy One of the main drivers in launching this blog is to discuss healthcare reform. During the two months prior to a major election one would think that this topic would be all ... Read on »
That Scourge across our Land, that Pox upon our House by The Country Doc Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Foundation has issued a new twenty one page document that will undoubtedly make great strides in turning the tid ... Read on »
That Scourge across our Land, The Pox upon our House by The Country Doc Posted in: Blog Posts in Life as a Doc The American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Foundation has issued a new twenty one page document that will undoubtedly make great strides in turning the tid ... Read on »
5-2-1-0 by The Country Doc Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Last night I was fortunate enough to attend a talk on childhood obesity prevention. I picked up one "pearl" that I will definitely be sharing with my patients and I though ... Read on »