Medical practitioner reprimanded by tribunal for unprofessional performance

Medical Board of Australia, 16 January 2017
“A tribunal has reprimanded a medical practitioner and ordered him to pay a fine of $2,500 plus costs incurred by the Medical Board of Australia (the Board) for behaving in a way that constitutes unsatisfactory professional performance.”
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Selia v Commonwealth of Australia [2017] FCA 7

Date of judgment: 13 January 2017
“By way of a final report (the Final Report), the PSR Committee found that Dr Selia had engaged in “inappropriate practice” as defined in s 82(1)(d) of the Act in connection with providing certain services referred to the PSR Committee for investigation under the Act, including:(1) Dr Selia’s practice of billing Medicare for dental services in advance of their provision; and (2) the provision of dental services by dentists employed by Dr Selia using his Medicare provider number.”
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Doctors Want To Learn More About Treating Transgender Patients, Survey Shows

Huffington Post, 12 January 2017
Author: Anna Almendrala
“One in three transgender patients reports experiencing serious discrimination or bias when seeking medical care, even when that care is unrelated to their transgender status. While some of these negative interactions in health care may stem from discriminatory attitudes on the part of medical care professionals, a survey reveals that doctors feel they lack the training they need to feel confident when treating transgender patients.”
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Medscape Emergency Physician Lifestyle Report 2017: Race and Ethnicity, Bias and Burnout

Medscape, 11 January 2017
Author: Carol Peckham
“Much research has gone into studying patient race and ethnicity and their effect on the care received. Medscape’s Emergency Physician Lifestyle Survey asked emergency medicine (EM) doctors how they racially and ethnically self-identify in order to explore associations with patient care, personal choices, and levels of happiness. The survey also posed questions from previous years about burnout, bias, and other lifestyle factors. More than 14,000 physicians from over 27 specialties responded and provided some surprising results.”
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Too many patients receiving unnecessary medicine, doctors say

The Age, 9 January 2017
Author: Julia Medew
“Greed, fear of legal action, and widespread commercial influences are contributing to a costly global trend towards unnecessary and potentially harmful medicine. An international group of leading doctors and academics say up to one-third of many medical procedures are now being done unnecessarily, causing physical, psychological and financial harm that could threaten the viability of healthcare systems. A landmark report in The Lancet medical journal said more needed to be done to address inappropriate medicine, which includes deliberate over-servicing by doctors for their own financial gain.”
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Directing Discipline: State Medical Board Responsiveness to State Legislatures

Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law 2017 Volume 42, Number 1: 123-165
Authors: Denise F. Lillvis, Robert J. McGrath
“State medical boards are increasingly responsible for regulating medical and osteopathic licensure and professional conduct in the United States. Yet, there is great variation in the extent to which such boards take disciplinary action against physicians, indicating that some boards are more zealous regulators than others. We look to the political roots of such variation and seek to answer a simple, yet important, question: are nominally apolitical state medical boards responsive to political preferences?”
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Euthanasia and palliative sedation are distinct concepts – intent matters

The Conversation, 14 December 2016
Author: Xavier Symons
“Debate over euthanasia in Australia has been renewed by the recently failed bill to legalise it in South Australia, and the Victorian government’s announcement it will hold a conscience vote on assisted dying next year. There seems to be broad consensus about the relevance of a doctrine called “double effect” in end-of-life care. Double effect is the view that a doctor acts ethically when she acts with the intention of bringing about a good effect, even if certain undesirable consequences may also result. While doctors agree double effect is a useful principle, there is disagreement about how it applies in end-of-life situations.”
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Health Care Complaints Commission v Tan [2016] NSWCATOD 147

Decision date: 6 December 2016
“In this case the Tribunal heard an application from the Health Care Complaints Commission to make disciplinary findings in relation to eight complaints against a doctor specialising in cosmetic medicine. The doctor had a history of drug use, and in July 2014, had been hospitalized after being found unconscious in his clinic as a result of the use of Propofol, Pethidine and Midazolam.”
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