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Don't Get Sick On July 4 Weekend

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After telling us to be very worried about global warming, this week’s Time Magazine scares the bejeebers out of us concerning our modern health care system. With insider information from physicians, the cover story provides several practical pointers how to avoid catastrophy – like avoiding new interns and residents who begin each training term on July 1. Another big decision for a patient is choosing a community hospital or teaching institution, and the rule of thumb is to choose convenience only for fairly routine care, but go to a teaching hospital for mysterious ailments. Remember Jordan’s medical mantra – be a squeaky wheel to avoid harm by today’s fragmentation style of medical care.