10 Examples of Dysfunction in Healthcare

by birtanpublished on August 24, 2020

The low-end Institute recently announced its third round of shkreli Awards a top 10 list of the worst examples of dysfunction in healthcare and we thought that was pretty newsworthy is healthcare triage news Martin shkreli former CEO of turing pharmaceuticals is well known for

Raising the price of an anti-parasitic drug from $13.50 a pill to 750 dollars a pill after obtaining the manufacturing license for it as you can imagine he won no popularity awards for this but the loan institute didn't name these awards

For him nominees for the awards are put forward by Institute staff and readers of their weekly newsletter and winners have been determined by a panel of health policy experts clinicians patient activists and journalists this year's

Winner the number 10 spot is dr. Jose bozell guph former chief medical officer Memorial sloan-kettering Cancer Center for failing to disclose millions of dollars given to him by drug companies he did resign from his position for

Violating those conflicts of interest policies but he's now a bigwig in research and development over at AstraZeneca so who's to say how much justice was served number nine spot went to dr. Mark Zuckerberg Beth Israel

Medical Center dr. Zucker the director of the heart and lung transplant programs received his award for directing staff to keep an unsuccessful transplant patient daryl young alive for seven months following transplant in

Order to improve the program survival rates this was done without informing his family that doctors did not believe Daryl would ever wake up and recover the number eight spot is shared by 35 people nine of them doctors for billing

Medicare for unnecessary cancer DNA tests to the tune of 2.1 billion with the B dollars according to the loan institute seniors and disabled patients were enticed by doctors who received kickbacks from companies to have the

Genetic testing done number seven spot goes to a.k.a healthcare a for-profit psychiatric hospital chain for several healthcare violations including but not limited to accusations of unnecessarily holding patients to increase profits

Using drug injections as a form of punishment for children instigating fight clubs and sexually abusing young patients the number six spot was awarded to the University in North Carolina Medical

Center the hospital earned their place in this list after telling cardiologists to keep referring children to their pediatric heart surgery program despite concerning mortality rates the hospital's reasoning for demanding

Continued referrals without them they'd lose money and no list like this would be complete without mention of the Sackler family who owned the now scandal-ridden Purdue Pharma the number five spot is reserved for Purdue

Executive dr. Richard Sackler who concealed the strength of opiates encourage aggressive marketing and attempted to place responsibility for the addiction aftermath on the victims spot number four goes to the Manor care

Nursing home chain owned by the carlyle group their place miss list was earned by a heinous neglected there are approximately 25,000 elderly patients by 2017 the chain had almost 2,000 health code violations the Carlyle Group has

Since filed for bankruptcy and Manor care has been purchased by the nonprofit group Roe medica health spot number three goes to dignity health who told their employee over the phone that her premature daughter's medical expenses

Would be covered their employee Lauren barred was later sent a bill for close to 1 million dollars because the baby had not been enrolled online within 31 days of her birth something a lot of plans require but of which Lauren bard

Was unaware the best part the company's motto is hello human kindness spot number 2 is shared by team health and envision physician staffing companies that spent millions on ad campaigns against legislation that would end

Surprise Hospital billing because they profit a lot from that kind of billing they were able to quietly fund these ads through political organizations they created a named doctor patient unity finally the number one shkreli award

Goes to nonprofit hospitals that sue low-income patients garnished low-income wages and in some cases even owned their own debt collection agency nonprofit hospitals are generally exempt from taxes and thus expected to provide

Charity care and financial assistance when needed not garnish the wages of people whose ER bill is more than double their monthly income this list is truly but we should also mention the many many decent well-intentioned caregivers who

Treat their patients with competence and compassion the vast majority of people are doing the right thing for the right reasons but it's important to shine a light on bad actors in any field especially a field where the customers

Lives are literally on the line Haeju enjoyed this episode you might enjoy this other episode on waste in healthcare spending and while we've got you go to patreon.com/crashcourse were you like a research associate Jos

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