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Providing free medical care when a mistake occurs. The hospital doesn’t just compensate the patient for his injuries – it writes off the entire hospitalization. I think we ought to do this for every industry. Restaurant screws up my order, I want the whole meal free – including drinks and dessert. And the restaurant owner pays for the waiter’s tip. Grocery store misprices an item, I want my whole order free. Worker comes to work late, employer doesn’t have to pay them for the entire day. Lawyer screws up a motion, the whole case should be free. This is how business ought to be.
Just because the sign says “urgent care center” doesn’t mean that you won’t get billed like you went to the emergency department.
I’ll be back …. Ticked off patient leaves British Columbia emergency department after waiting for 45 minutes then returns and drives his Chevy Blazer through the front door.
Jury awards couple $2 million for delay in cancer diagnosis.
$7 million judgment against hospital and surgeons after delay in diagnosis of postoperative cardiac tamponade.
Note to dimwit would-be robbers: If you beat one of your victims while trying to steal her purse and dislocate your shoulder in the process, it would probably be a good idea NOT to go to the closest emergency department for treatment. The victim just might just go there for treatment and recognize you from the waiting room.
Survival by deception. Parents get their kids labeled with psychiatric disorders and then medicate them so that the parents can make $700 per month in SSI payments. Nice. Parents should have their kids taken away from them and should be permanently banned from public assistance if this happens. And the doctors that create these bogus diagnoses or prescribe medications when the children don’t meet criteria for the diseases should have their licenses stripped.
Government insurance isn’t working so well for West Virginia hospitals. Appalachian Regional Healthcare system is suing the WV Department of Health because Medicaid payments are less than the cost of providing care. Without the added payments, the hospital says that it may not be able to provide services to all its patients.
Should a law requiring that everyone purchase health “insurance” be considered “necessary and proper” for Congress to carry out its responsibilities? That appears to be the $64,000 question in the mounting legal challenge to Obamacare.
Child of star from “16 and Pregnant” ends up in emergency department after hitting her head on fireplace and sustaining a “gash.” Doctors glued her scalp back together. Wait a minute. There’s a TV show that makes “stars” out of 16 year olds who get pregnant? What has our society become?
Remember my post in July (also featured over at Kevin MD) about how Medicare patients are getting stuck with huge bills because they’re being admitted for “observation” status rather than a full admission? Welcome to the newest method by which the feds are pushing hospitals to classify more and more people as “observation” patients. The feds just settled for $3.2 million dollars with a hospital in Pennsylvania after the hospital discovered that it “billed Medicare for more expensive one-day hospital admissions on an unspecified number of occasions when it should have billed for observations or outpatient visits.” From experience, the determination of “observation” versus “inpatient” status is often arbitrary. Now hospitals will be more likely to err on the “observation” status — which means that Medicare patients will get even more of the shaft.