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    Cut costs/boost profits at "surgery centers" led to deaths

    It's all about the Benjamins...we desperately need UHC. Where is Trump's promised "healthcare for all paid for by the government"?

    How a push to cut costs and boost profits at surgery centers led to a trail of death

    The investigation revealed:

    Surgery centers have steadily expanded their business by taking on increasingly risky surgeries. At least 14 patients have died after complex spinal surgeries like those that federal regulators at Medicare recently approved for surgery centers. Even as the risks of doing such surgeries off a hospital campus can be great, so is the reward. Doctors who own a share of the center can earn their own fee and a cut of the facility’s fee, a meaningful sum for operations that can cost $100,000 or more.

    To protect patients, Medicare requires surgery centers to line up a local hospital to take their patients when emergencies arise. In rural areas, centers can be 15 or more miles away. Even when the hospital is close, 20 to 30 minutes can pass between a 911 call and arrival at an ER.

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