Have you, or a loved one been injured due to unnecessary medical procedures such as a cardiac catheterization?
In an article published by the New York Times, “Doctors at Hospital Chain Giant Performed Unnecessary Cardiac Work, Increasing Profits,” it was noted that during the years spanning 2002-2010, many procedures performed by cardiologists at a number of HCA owned hospitals in Florida, were not justified. Many of these unjustified procedures were directly related to heart catheterizations.
Some of the hospitals listed in the article were Cedar Medical Center in Miami, Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute, and Regional Medical Center in Bayonet Point. At Lawnwood Regional Medical Center it was discovered that half of the heart catheterization procedures were not justified due to those patients lacking compelling symptoms of heart disease.
There is concern that the unnecessary cardiac catheterizations were driven by these hospitals attempting to increase their profit margins.
While the HCA owned hospitals deny these allegations, and stress that they strive to provide superior patient care, it is obvious that these unnecessary procedures have been common, and involve more than one physician. There is significant concern about how often these procedures have been performed.
There are numerous risk factors to be considered prior to a cardiac catheterization. A patient can experience irreversible damage to their heart during one of these procedures.
If you have had a cardiac catheterization procedure, or any other medical procedure that you suspect has caused you to suffer adverse health issues, please feel free to contact Oldham & Smith; Tavares Medical Malpractice Attorney.