In 2003 an ER doctor in Idaho saved a patient’s life by performing emergency surgery with a cordless drill in a church parking lot to relieve pressure on his brain caused by internal bleeding.
In Texas, prison inmates have to pay $100 a year out of their personal account to see a doctor for a sickness that is not an emergency or a chronic illness. If they don’t have the money, half of all future funds deposited into their account are put towards the debt.
Before blood glucose tests were available, doctors would taste the urine of their patients to diagnose Diabetes. A sweet taste meant the patient was diabetic.
In 2009, before specific whistleblower protection laws, two nurses in TX were fired and charged with unrelated felonies after reporting unsafe medical care from a physician they worked under.
Doctors didn’t wear white coats till the late 1800s. Due to swift advancement in medicine, the public thought discoveries of new antiseptics & the spreading of disease were just mysticism & deceit. In response, doctors adopted the white lab coats to represent a fresh start for the medical field.
In the early 1900s Wagner von Jauregg treated syphilis patients with malaria (winning the Nobel Prize). The patients developed malaria, causing a severe fever and killed the syphilis bacteria. Then given the malaria drug quinine and cured. This was used until the development of penicillin.
A Reddit user received the bill for labor and delivery (C section) total $13,280.49. That didn’t come as a surprise, as its well known fact that childbirth cost in US, ranges from $3,296 to $37,227, or more depending on the state and the hospital. However, what blew the mothers mind was, that she was charged $39.35 for holding her newborn baby. Described on a bill as “skin to skin”, mother and baby bonding is listed under Services Received.
According to a labor and delivery nurse, “Skin to skin” in the operating room requires an additional staff member to be present, just to watch the baby.”
At 78, Dick Dale suffers from renal failure, diabetes, damaged vertebrae, rectal cancer, but keeps touring to afford medical treatment.
The 2010 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry Richard F. Heck died October 10 2015 after being refused treatment at a Manila private hospital because he had no money. Richard Heck won the Nobel Prize in 2010 for the Palladium-catalyzed coupling reaction named the Heck reaction. The Heck reaction is used to produce Naproxen. a painkiller used since the seventies. Big Pharma made a lot of money with it. Visibly not the Doctor Heck.
In 2012, a man sacrificed his kidney in order to save his younger sister but his efforts ended in vain when a nurse mistakenly disposed the donated organ. Despite the success of the kidney transplant 3 months later, the family sued the hospital for their negligence.