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Evan Weisman [ Hospitals Push Heart Operations ]

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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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