Marilyn M. Singleton, M.D., J.D.
Opinion: A friend went in for his
Medicare free "wellness visit," compliments of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
assumed it was like a doctor's annual check-up.
After all, when he
dog to the vet for a wellness visit, little Sparky was examined and tested for worms.
So my friend made the mistake of asking the doctor to listen to his
heart and lungs - just because that is what we expect physicians will do.
got a bill.
Neither my friend nor his
physician realized that if the patient was actually touched during the free wellness visit, it ceased to be free.
Marilyn M. Singleton, MD, JD is a board-certified anesthesiologist and Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) member.
Despite being told, "they don't take Negroes at Stanford", she graduated from Stanford and earned her MD at UCSF Medical School.
completed 2 years of Surgery residency at UCSF
, then her
Anesthesia residency at Harvard's
Beth Israel Hospital.
She was an instructor, then Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland before returning to California for private practice.
While still working in the operating room, she attended UC Berkeley Law School, focusing on constitutional law and administrative law.
She interned at the National Health Law Project and practiced insurance and health law.
teaches classes in the recognition of elder abuse and constitutional law for non-lawyers.
recently returned from El Salvador where she
conducted make-shift medical clinics in two rural villages.
latest presentation to physicians was at the AAPS annual meeting about challenging the political elite.