Patients Talk...


Considering the amount of medications each of us is swallowing during the lifecycle, one would assume that the pharma industry is tremendously flourishing. Indeed, the total volume of the pharmaceutical market was in 2014 worth of 1,057.2 Billion dollars, with the top 15 companies reaching around US$527 billion in revenue. Nevertheless, the modest year-on-year 2.4% growth indicates that the industry needs some revitalizing changes. One of the biggest challenges pharma is facing… Read More

With all current and future healthcare reforms, there is one fundamental question that underlies them all: is our healthcare just a business or is it a guaranteed service to protect citizens’ lives and well-being? Which way leads to Dr. Jekyll and which one to Mr. Hide? Citizens’ right to life is one of the basic principles of the European Welfare states. Governments are protecting their citizens with armies, social services and, last… Read More

  I remember sitting in the Intensive Care Unit (ISU) attending a patient after cardio surgery. The usually quiet atmosphere of ISU was interrupted by electrifying fuss: the physician on duty was peeping into the corridor, the assistant was nervously sorting patients’ charts. It was clear that the Doctors’ Round was about to start. Indeed, in about 10 minutes the doors of ISU opened wide and He appeared: the Chief Medical Doctor,… Read More

Have you ever doubt your doctor’s decision? If so, you are not the only one. Even doctors nowadays doubt the efficiency of healthcare system advising patients not to trust physicians “any more than you trust your stockbroker (if you are foolish enough to have one) [1]. This is a warning sign. If there is no trust between patients and physicians the positive outcomes of care are highly questionable. The majority of patients… Read More

The definition of a medical error is a subject of debates. According to Wikipedia: “a medical error occurs when a health-care provider chooses an inappropriate method of care or improperly executes an appropriate method of care”. Despite all medical, philosophic or semantic definitions, intuitively we all know: medical errors occur when health providers did not deliver help on time, did not deliver it at all or did it in a wrong way…. Read More