Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Whistleblowers Unite! And Get That Second Opinion!

We can only hope that this whistleblower wins his case! Basically, this doc claims he was fired for objecting to an arrangement where by a manufacturer of medical products was offering advance access to new products (in this case a heart valve) only if a hospital raised their purchases of the company's other products (such as stents).

So, let's be clear about the allegation here. The suggestion is that if a hospital wants the latest and greatest medical technology it would have to commit to purchasing products that it decided it did not need before. LIKE MAYBE A STENT THAT MIGHT OTHERWISE HAVE NOT BEEN RECOMMENDED TO SOME UNSUSPECTING PATIENT?

The moral of the story is that the pressure to do unnecessary procedures is real. Always get a second opinion!

Looking out for your heart health,


P.S. This is also why I value the posts from Track Your Plaque's "Spy on the Inside" our very own member who works in a cath lab!


Anna said...

Heart health is as important as other things to be taken care of when it comes to health.Though there are doctors and the hospitals where every equipment for the treatment of the patient according to latest technology is available and thus they are able to cure the diseases
and help patient to remain free.

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