Hopefully this is the beginning of a trend … California OSHA officials fine two hospitals nearly $100,000 in part for failing to protect from patient assaults and for inadequate staffing.
If hospitals can’t be made safe, then staff needs to make more OSHA reports.
West Virginia family files $2 million lawsuit against at least 15 defendants for failing to save family member from a disease that has a 60-100% mortality rate. In other words, most patients who develop the disease die despite the care that they receive.
Plaintiff’s attorney rants against teleradiologist: “It used to be that you could see a person face to face, shake his or her hand, not someone behind a curtain. These people are making decisions on our life. Now we don’t know who the hell they are.”
And the location of the person reading the scan matters how?
Why do medical procedures cost so much in the US as compared with other countries? The graph accompanying this article is startling. For example, an average MRI in India costs $138. The average MRI in the US costs $1080. An appendectomy in India costs $254. An appendectomy in the US costs $13,000. High education costs, liability, higher physician salaries, and governmental regulations all likely contribute to the costs.
“Now. Trauma suite.” Great story about how an emergency department teamed up to save a young infant’s life.
Feds brag that because of the Affordable Care Act, 105 million people now have no lifetime limits on their health insurance benefits. Does that statistic count employees who lose their insurance completely when their employer downsizes or moves overseas? The lack of limits don’t mean much if the patients have Medicaid and can’t find a doctor to take care of them, either.
White House helping to coordinate prayer vigils outside the Supreme Court during time that Court is scheduled to hear arguments about healthcare reform? Well, that whole separation of church and state thingee in the Constitution only applies to Congress, not to the executive branch of government, so it must be OK.
To me, government using religion to attempt to help preserve a law which needed a lot more vetting before being passed in the first place just doesn’t pass the “whiff test.”
What’s next? Organized incantations and voodoo doll demonstrations?
Interesting concept for a movie. The Waiting Room. The trailer looks very interesting. Going to San Francisco film festival later this month. Good luck!
Patients gone wild. Bayonne, NJ man doesn’t want to leave the ED after being discharged. Refuses to change out of his gown. Police called. Patient then threatened to kill one of the officers and to bring unspeakable harms to others in the emergency department. Arrested and charged for making terroristic threats and for disorderly conduct.
Patients gone wild – International Edition. Jerusalem prisoner punches emergency department nurse in face, breaking her nose. Emergency department temporarily closes in protest.
Federal and state cuts to payments for care of patients with Medicare and Medicaid “insurance” causes difficulty for patients seeking access to medical care. One physician is taking out personal loans to keep his clinic open, but states “if I only see them, I’m going to be out of business. So what do you do?”