The Internal Revenue Service official in charge of the tax-exempt organizations at the time when the unit targeted tea party groups now runs the IRS office responsible for the health care legislation.
Hospitals hoping to attract patients and build their brands are teaming up with medical-screening companies to promote tests aimed at consumers worried about potentially deadly heart disease or strokes. What their promotions don’t say is that an influential government panel recommends against using many of the tests on people without symptoms or risk factors…
Such screenings “not only can raise [health care] costs, but also can lead to additional testing that is harmful,” [Steven] Weinberger and two co-authors wrote in the Annals of Internal Medicine journal in August, calling hospital involvement without disclosing potential downsides “unethical.” (Julie Appleby/Kaiser Health News)
Comparing Two Hospitals in Miami, Florida:
Heart attack with four stents and major complications
Intestine procedures with major complications
Permanent pacemaker implant
Source: The Washington Post.
David Henderson had a perceptive post the other day about California’s Proposition 65, which requires a warning label on any product that contains carcinogens, no matter how small the risk. David’s point: if every product contains a warning label, warnings become irrelevant.
A similar problem occurs in medicine, where doctors and other health professionals are developing “alarm fatigue,” causing them to become desensitized and immune to alarm sounds set off by medical devices used for monitoring and treating patients:
According to the commission, between 85 percent and 99 percent of alarm signals do not require clinical intervention. As a consequence, hospital workers may respond by turning the alarms off, reducing their volume or even changing their settings to a level deemed unsafe for patients. Thus, those suffering from alarm fatigue may potentially ignore real emergencies — a circumstance that could have very real implications for patients.
Source: Kaiser Health News.