This kind of stuff is disgusting and its being uncovered all the time. This is a NON partisan issue since Conservatives and Liberals lives and the lives of their families are at stake.
This is why im against for PROFIT health care. Too many times the "PROFIT" over rides everything else and the real focus of healthcare.
Special thank you to the nurse who brought this to the forefront for investigation.
Ive said this many times...not all PROFIT is good profit...or just profit or should be allowed to be made
Some cardiologists in the nation's largest for-profit hospital chain have been performing lucrative but sometimes unnecessary procedures that in some cases put patient lives at risk, The New York Times reports.
The newspaper says HCA, which operates 163 facilities, has "uncovered evidence as far back as 2002 and as recently as late 2010 showing that some cardiologists at several of its hospitals in Florida were unable to justify many of the procedures they were performing."
Physicians sometimes made misleading statements in medical records that made it appear the procedures were necessary, according to HCA internal reports reviewed by the Times. The documents don't detail the number of such procedures or how many patients died or were injured, but they "suggest that the problems at HCA went beyond a rogue doctor or two," the Times reports.
HCA began its investigation when a nurse at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in Fort Pierce, Fla., expressed concerns. At Lawnwood, where a test known as a cardiac catheterization is performed, about half the procedures, or 1,200, involved patients without significant heart disease, the Times says, citing a confidential 2010 review.
'Times': Hospital chain uncovers unneeded heart procedures