Corporate-Run Hospitals Could Be the Death of You

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posted on Apr, 7 2013 @ 06:15 PM
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Susan Raboy, a 40-year resident of Brooklyn Heights, awoke from a nap on August 12, 2011, in excruciating pain. “It turns out I had a severely ruptured colon and sepsis throughout my body,” she siad. Emergency responders rushed the senior citizen to Long Island College Hospital (LICH), whose physicians knew her well. Raboy remembers little of her three-month stay at the hospital where she was treated for a severe case of septic arthritis, but one drug-induced dream sticks out.
Dr. Daniel Ricciardi, her arthropathy specialist, arrived at her bedside via an airplane to hold her hand. “It turns out that he was there,” Raboy said. As she learned later, “It wasn't his case, but he came every day to sit with me. LICH doctors care so much about their patients.” Raboy credited the care she received at LICH with saving her life and said she doesn't know if she would have survived a trip to another hospital.

Last month, trustees with the State University of New York (SUNY), which runs the 155-year-old institution, voted to close its doors, citing a budget deficit ballooning at the rate of a million dollars a week. Public input was solicited at the meeting where the Board of Trustees pronounced their judgment on the hospital, but the vote was held outside the city in Purpose, New York—far from LICH's patients, who have rallied side by side with caregivers to keep the hospital open.


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Nationally, not-for-profit hospitals are having a hard time since Wall Street crashed the economy. State- and federal-tax revenues have declined, biting into healthcare subsidies. Where real estate agents aren't auctioning off hospital property, for-profit companies are taking them over. In 2010, the hedge fund Blackstone Group bought up eight hospitals in recession-rattled Detroit, while Cerberus Capital Management gobbled up six Catholic hospitals in Boston. The number of US medical centers that are now investor owned has risen gradually but steadily since 2006 at a rate of about 1 percent a year according to a review of American Hospital Association data by the trade journal Modern Healthcare.


WOW! Did you read that? Nationally, not-for-profit hospitals are having a hard time since Wall Street crashed the economy. Damn, i didn't know that...


But sometimes, making a margin is at odds with treatment. In an exposé last summer, the New York Times documented ways in which the nation's largest for-profit chain has sacrificed patients on the alter of profit, while leeching out medicare and medicaid payments from taxpayers that are well above the industry average. The Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) was taken over by Bain Capital Management, former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's old firm, along with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Merrill Lynch (now Bank of America) in 2006.


Thats a scary prospect. I understand they need to or want to make money but not on the heels of sick and dieing people who need the care and treatment they deserve as human beings. Sickening. Bain Capital? Ugh...


HCA had a checkered past even before Bain and others took over. The corporation had been forced to pay out $1.7 billion to the federal government over a Medicare fraud scheme in the 90s. As part of a corporate-integrity agreement HCA reached with regulators in order to stay in business, an independent reviewer scrutinized the hospital chain’s applications for Medicare reimbursement. Just when that agreement came to an end in 2008, the hospital changed its billing classifications. Medicare payouts skyrocketed. At Riverside Community Hospital in California, they leapt from $48,000 in revenue in 2006 to $949,000 in 2010. The Times noted that, “Nearly overnight, HCA’s patients appeared to be much, much sicker.”


WTF!!??? You know what, everywhere i look in America there is fraud, lieing, money laundering, and all kinds of other types of criminal activity. It is so widespread in this country i am GETTING SICK AND TIRED OF READING ABOUT IT. We need to stand up and start demanding some change around here. These corporations are getting on my last nerve.

I NEED TO DO SOMETHING AND SO DO YOU! Its time i start taking personal responsibility for the direction of this country and get up and get out and do something!




posted on Apr, 7 2013 @ 06:37 PM
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Remember Occupy? Peaceful protests wont work with an authoritarian, corrupt and violent government. Sorry, Ghandi, but a violent government will respond with violence. Chain yourself to a pipeline? They'll cut your limbs off. Stand before a bulldozer? Prepared to be crushed. Once again, remember how people at the various Occupy protests were trampled by horses, beat with batons, pepper sprayed, shot with rubber bullets and gas canisters, etc. Peaceful protests wont work, that's a given. You can write or call your senator until your arm falls off and your vocal chords snap, still you will be ignored.
On top of everything, voting is also meaningless when it comes to a govt composed of one corporate party that, keeping us divided on social issues, votes as one block on the reaaally serious stuff such as bailouts for megabanks, big oil subsidies, protecting corporations such as Monsanto and holding "too big to fails" from criminal prosecution. This is the reality of the situation. So, now I ask, what are our options?
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posted on Apr, 7 2013 @ 06:43 PM
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Well, i dont know. I dont know how to respond to that because i dont know what the right answer is for everyone. I know for me the right answer is educating people and turning them on to the truth 1 person at a time. I dont mean on ATS either i mean in life, at work and wherever i am.



posted on Apr, 7 2013 @ 07:01 PM
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And in other news:

Uninsured patients sue not-for-profit hospital in Chicago




A lawsuit filed Thursday claims a not-for-profit hospital in northwest Chicago failed to provide charity care to two low-income, uninsured patients, reopening a longstanding controversy in Illinois over whether hospitals are doing enough charitable work to qualify for lucrative tax exemptions.

Swedish Covenant Hospital repeatedly lost one patient's financial assistance application and threatened to send her bill to a collection agency, according to the lawsuit. The hospital incorrectly told another patient she was ineligible for assistance and demanded cash from her, the complaint alleges.

The practices amount to "bureaucratic barriers" that prevent eligible patients from getting free care, according to the lawsuit, and the hospital has a policy of attempting to collect from "even the poorest of patients" through bill collectors and wage garnishment.


www.modernhealthcare.com...

Its about time we stand up to these non for profit hospitals and demand a change. I for one will not stand for the way they cheat poor people out of their money.

Enough is enough already!



posted on Apr, 7 2013 @ 07:05 PM
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Im in the same boat. Revealing the matrix, one person at a time.



posted on Apr, 7 2013 @ 07:16 PM
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How can we trust a corporate hospital when we are worth around 10 grand dead in reusable body parts? Corporate run jails aren't any better but we have them so I suppose we should worry. When they say "less government" - this is what they mean. I know a guy who'll do it for cheap...this is how it starts.



posted on Apr, 7 2013 @ 07:24 PM
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How can we trust a corporate hospital when we are worth around 10 grand dead in reusable body parts? Corporate run jails aren't any better but we have them so I suppose we should worry. When they say "less government" - this is what they mean. I know a guy who'll do it for cheap...this is how it starts.
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I agree man. This world needs change and i mean it. Everything around us is turning to crap. The universe will inevitably revert back to the natural order of things and balance us out. Thats going to suck.



posted on Apr, 7 2013 @ 07:29 PM
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Want to survive your next hospital stay? Make sure not to check organ donor on your driver's license. And always ALWAYS have them open single use items up in front of you. BTW, blood preassure cuffs are considered single use items. Make sure they wash thier hands before touching you too.



posted on Apr, 7 2013 @ 07:31 PM
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Originally posted by Siberbat
Want to survive your next hospital stay? Make sure not to check organ donor on your driver's license. And always ALWAYS have them open single use items up in front of you. BTW, blood preassure cuffs are considered single use items. Make sure they wash thier hands before touching you too.


Best way to ensure your survival is to make sure you lick every item you can find in your next hospital visit since it will build up your immune system.

When that next deadly virus breaks out, you'll be ready to take it head on.



posted on Apr, 7 2013 @ 07:57 PM
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All right, nobody's happy, I've got that. What kind of hospital do you want? A corporate hospital? A hospital that makes no profit after expenses (and salaries)? A nation wide chain of VA hospitals run by the government to treat everyone?

I don't like the system, but what system should we be working for?



posted on Apr, 8 2013 @ 01:40 PM
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Normally, I'd totally agree that there is a great deal of bad care when it comes to hospital services. When I was still insured, I had doctors espousing their frustrations to me because their higher ups would deny requests on the basis of cost for tests that my doctors wanted to run to ascertain what was going on with me. I almost died because of this. However, I'm currently without insurance because I became uninsurable years ago and I'm now having very serious problems. Just a week ago, I was literally preparing myself for all the ugly grim possibilities and giving orders as to what to do about my children should the worst happen. One appointment later and I had both major health corporations calling me, offering me financial assistance to help cover part--if not all--of the testing that's required in order to save my hide. If I wanted to be cynical, I could say that it's a reasonably cheap way at getting somebody who was betrayed by the health system to start saying good things about them. Maybe that's so but at the end of the day, I don't care because they're going to help me and I can have some hope now.

Regardless of why they are choosing to do this with me, I'm intensely grateful--more than I can ever express. Not grateful for the sheer amounts of paperwork that I have to fill out though, lol. Three pages for each company's application for it plus financial documentation. Still, considering the alternative was either going into several thousands of dollars of debt just to find out what is going wrong and maybe not being able to afford getting help fixing it, filling out a bunch of paperwork is worth it. If anybody ends up in the same boat, they do have something in place to help. I didn't think there was anything but there is.





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