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Medical Malpractice at Dartmouth Medical School: ExposeDr. Phil Leveque Salem-News.com
Twenty Six Doctor Consultants for a Dying Patient.
(Salem-News.com) - Every once in a while, I get totally freaked out reading about or seeing something about my almost sacred profession - MEDICINE.
About 2 weeks ago CBS News' 60 Minutes, had a program "The Cost of Dying". It was all about dying in a hospital I.C.U. (Intensive Care Unit). The patient had tubes, wires, sensors and a ton of equipment scattered all over the place. This was/is fairly typical, even if you watch TV medical shows. It boggles the mind. It was pointed out that about 75% of deaths occur in hospitals or nursing homes. Hospital costs in this situation run about $10,000 per day - which should scare the sox off anybody - but it doesn’t seem to do so, as long as it is paid for by Medicare, which is at the root of this story.
I’m surprised (yes surprised) that Dartmouth Medical School would air this dirty laundry.
The worst surprise was that the doctor, Dr. Ira Byack, offering this exposé is/was considered one of the best doctors in New Hampshire. I will say he did have the cojones.
He did point out that the last two months of Americans' lives in the U.S. costs $55 billion, and that this prolongation of life for all of us is not only futile but painful and degrading, and that about 30% of the time these $10,000/day treatments have no positive impact in any way on our final exit.
Truly the craziest factor (those are the words) is that a platoon of doctors, 25 to be exact, were somehow called in as consultants on this case. One doctor even did a “Pap Smear” on an 80 year old dying woman!?!
We have all heard that the Medicare System is broken, but it looks more to me like a backyard gold mine or money printing press. These 25 doctors collectively received at least $100 each and probably more for their 5 minute consultation.
I worked with several hospital based doctors and one time I asked my mentor, “Why are you calling in these 5 or 6 other doctors?” “Leveque, it’s to share the blame in case some patient’s family has an attorney who needs more money.”
This is a sad situation in the practice of medicine, but the Medical Insurance Companies know they have the doctors by the cojones. About the only way the doctors can get ahead, or just break even, is by billing Medicare... and that works.
ISN'T THIS SAD FOR TAXPAYERS?!?!
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