NY Times – Hospitals Push Heart Operations A recent NY Time piece exposed a disturbing practice at a Florida hospital owned by HCA, the largest for-profit hospital chain in the United States. A former nurse at the facility wrote the hospital’s chief ethics officer about what she believed were unnecessary and risky procedures being done on cardiac patients. An internal review found she was right and also exposed questionable procedures at other hospitals in the chain. Invite retired cardiologist Dr. Evan Weissman to share how this could happen, and how to protect yourself and your family from unnecessary procedures. “These practices are more likely to occur in small isolated communities where there is less peer review and transparency than in larger metropolitan regions where there is more competition. If there is no agency protecting the patient in such hospitals, let the buyer (or in this case, the patient) beware. I would never allow this kind of procedure to be performed on myself or any family member in such a facility — except under very rare circumstance.” Weisman is a retired cardiologist who lives in the greater Atlanta area.
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