Something You Should Know about the Doctor/Patient Relationship

Finding The Best Medical Care

October 27, 2015


Interview with Dr. John J. Connolly Publisher of




Mike Carruthers:
Choosing a good doctor is so important and often so complicated.


Dr. John J. Connolly:
Our view is that nobody wants 2nd best in healthcare it’s worth it to put a little bit of time and effort into picking the best doctors and the best hospitals.

Dr. John J. Connolly

Medical Errors

April 20, 2015


Interview with Rosemary Gibson, author of the book The Battle Over Health Care: What Obama's Reform Means for America's Future




Mike Carruthers:
Medical errors are the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States and the problem is getting worse.


Rosemary Gibson:
About 15 years ago the Institute of Medicine at the National Academy of Sciences issued a stunning report that estimated about 100 thousand people die every year in the United States because of preventable medical errors in hospitals.


Rosemary Gibson

Getting Better Medical Care


November 27, 2014


Interview with Dr. Kevin Soden, author of the book Special Treatment: How to get the Same High-Quality Health Care Your Doctor Gets




Mike Carruthers: 
Have you ever wondered if doctors get better healthcare than the rest of us?


Kevin Soden, M.D.:
Doctors do know the inside information. They know how to get to the best hospitals, how to get to the best doctors, and how to get the best care.

Dr. Kevin Soden

Do You Really Need An Annual Physical?

October 16, 2014


Interview with Dr. Davis Liu, author of the book The Thrifty Patient: Vital Insider Tips for Saving Money and Staying Healthy




Mike Carruthers:
Going for your annual physical is it really necessary?


Dr. Davis Liu:
A recent article, as recent as 2007 said this, 2002 said this – there’s no medical evidence that saves lives and it makes sense.

Dr. Davis Liu

Your Doctor's Manners

August 7, 2014


Interview with Dr. Barry Silverman, author of the book Your Doctors' Manners Matter: Better Health Through Civility in the Doctor's Office and in the Hospital




Mike Carruthers:
Changes in the healthcare system have not been especially good for the patient experience.


Dr. Barry Silverman:
We have less nursing staff so the nurses are overwhelmed. The doctor’s reimbursements have been down so they try to see more and do more to keep their incomes up and the result is there’s often less communication with the patient.

Dr. Barry Silverman

What You Didn't Know About Back Pain - Part 2

May 20, 2014


Interview with Dr. Patrick Roth, author of the book The End of Back Pain: Access Your Hidden Core to Heal Your Body




Mike Carruthers:
80% of us will get back pain in our lifetime – 80%! Now here’s the problem…


Dr. Patrick Roth:
If you’re a patient and you have back pain, the place that you start defines the treatment you get as opposed to what is wrong with you – think about that, that’s terrible.

Dr. Patrick A. Roth

What You Didn't Know About Back Pain

May 19, 2014


Interview with Dr. Patrick Roth, author of the book The End of Back Pain: Access Your Hidden Core to Heal Your Body




Mike Carruthers:
If you’ve never had back pain you’re lucky at least so far.


Dr. Patrick Roth:
At any given time 20% of people have back pain. Within the last year 40% of people have back pain. And within a lifetime 80% of people will have back pain.

Dr. Patrick A. Roth

When Your Doctor Ask You To Get On The Scale

May 15, 2014


Interview with Linda Spangle, R.N., author of the book Friends with the Scale: How to Turn Your Scale Into a Powerful Weight Loss Tool




Mike Carruthers:
One reason people don’t like going to the doctor and may even avoid going is…


Linda Spangle, R.N.:
Women especially just dread getting on the scale at the doctor’s office. I think for people who are chronic dieters it’s even worse - somehow it feels like judgment.

Linda Spangle, R.N.

Are You Being Misdiagnosed By Your Doctor?

April 23, 2014


Interview with Dr. Laura Nathanson, author of the book What You Don't Know Can Kill You: A Physician's Radical Guide to Conquering the Obstacles to Excellent Medical Care




Mike Carruthers:
I'll bet you'd be surprised how often people who are seriously ill are misdiagnosed by a doctor.

Dr. Laura Nathanson:

In hospitalized patients who die and who get autopsied - it happens fifteen percent of the time. And half of those fifteen percent of deaths would have had a better prognosis if the diagnosis had been made correctly.


Dr. Laura Nathanson

5 Questions To Ask Your Doctor

March 31, 2014


Interview with Dr. Melissa Clarke, author of the book Excuse Me Doctor! I've Got What?: Taking Ownership of Your Health and Making Healthcare Reform Work for You




Mike Carruthers:
Doctor visits today are shorter than ever and in many cases take a long time to schedule. So as the patient you have to make the most of them.


Dr. Melissa Clarke:
I have 5 questions that you should never leave your doctor’s office without asking. The first is what’s wrong with me? And make sure you understand it in simple terms.


Dr. Melissa Clarke

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