Incetardis: Maybe it's because I'm just a poutine-eating syrup sucking puckslapper, but the words "for profit hospital" just don't jive, ya know?/Is aware that UHC has problems//Beats the alternative
Incontinent_dog_and_monkey_rodeo: The worst thing is the fact that hospitals get paid more for making mistakes than they do for doing the job right. Any complications from surgery earn the hospital more than 3x what the surgery itself can be billed for. So there is a huge incentive to have to do repeat surgeries to fix "mistakes".
dericwater: The problem is that a lot of medicine is rather arcane, as it should be, and most people are not capable of making informed decisions. Heck a doctor who specializes in endocrinology is no better than an average Schmoe in regards to, say, melanoma. A GP or an internist might have some inkling to a number of different conditions, but wouldn't have the depth to know how to deal with many of them in a specific case.
hardinparamedic: Trauma Surgeons are almost exclusively employed by Level I and II Trauma Center Hospitals.
Skirl Hutsenreiter: But yeah, there are some weird Medicare reimbursements that really skew what doctors are willing to do. If the best procedure for a condition just barely brings in enough money to cover OR costs and staff, so the surgeon has to donate their time, no one is going to build a practice doing that.
Son of Thunder: Why is it called Sacred Heart if it's owned by a private corporation,
Son of Thunder: My google-fu is failing me. Why is it called Sacred Heart if it's owned by a private corporation, not the Catholic Church? Did it used to be a Catholic outfit until Scrooge McDuck bought it, and they didn't bother to rename it Grand Nagus Zek Memorial Hospital? Did the owners give it a Catholicy name so the rubes would think it was Catholic? Any Chicagoan farkers know what the deal is here?
Gyrfalcon: cyberspacedout: All this and they're only investigating fraud? Killing patients is just a tad more serious, no?Hard to prove someone sick enough to need that kind of intervention in the first place died from intentional homicide.Although I've no doubt there is a concurrent investigation ongoing for criminal negligence and/or malpractice.
Skirl Hutsenreiter: Those salaries only work because their practice or hospital makes enough to pay them. If those surgeons only did cases that just paid for their PA, nurses, and OR costs, there wouldn't be money for their salaries.
Katolu: I'd rather have YOU treating me, hardin, than any of these "doctors"
hardinparamedic: FTFA: Tracheotomies are typically used to open an air passage directly to the windpipe for patients who can't breathe otherwise.Tracheotomies are common in patients who cannot be weened from the ventilator, or who will require long-term intubation and airway support. Not trying to argue with what the article says, but that's rather misleading of a statement.FTFA: Based in part on surreptitious tape recordings, an FBI affidavit lays out allegations that a Sacred Heart pulmonologist kept patients too sedated to breathe on their own, then ordered unneeded tracheotomies for them -- enabling the for-profit hospital to reap revenue of as much as $160,000 per case.You've got to be farking kidding me.FTFA: : The physician could bill $160 each time he visited a tracheotomy patient at the hospital, versus $32 for seeing a ventilator patient in a nursing home.Which is Medicare in a nutshell.
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