Dr. Wallach starts the show discussing "medical tourism" outlining how much various common procedures cost in the U.S. Then comparing the same procedures in other countries often costing 10% or less of what it would cost in the U.S. Contending that insurance policies have created a situation where doctors are now using the policies like ATM machines.
Pearls of Wisdom
Doug Winfrey and Dr. Wallach discuss a news article regarding new technology for cleaning clogged arteries. Most clogged arteries are opened with a balloon then a stent is installed to keep the artery open. A procedure called coronary atherectomy for clearing arteries has been around for over 20 years. However that procedure is very complex so many doctors opt for open heart surgery for large blockages. The FDA has now approved a system that uses a rotating diamond coated crown to sand away calcified plaque.
Everett has two questions the first concerning his father who has COPD and congestive heart failure. Second he asks questions regarding his granddaughter who has rheumatoid arthritis.
Roxanna is dealing with a home that has a severe mold contamination.
Nancy has two questions the first concerns her husband has bradycardia and has had bladder cancer. Second she asks about her grandson who has been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome and autism.
Melanie is on a gluten free diet but still has symptoms of low back pain, allergies and a persistant cough.
Becca has had rheumatiod arthritis is she was twelve and is now 29 years old.
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