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Then why don't hospitals just say everyone has cancer, heart attacks, strokes and make even more money? Why just pick on Covid?
Who is providing support subsidies for those other things? And they are overtesting for cancers, strokes, etc. There is existing research on this.

I even have a personal anecdote- my mom, a month and a half or so ago, had stroke-like symptoms triggered likely by stress. The neurologist ID'd that as the likely cause. The hospital (not the doctor!) declined to discharge her and insisted she stay for two days and undergo a battery of tests despite the initial diagnosis. Needless to say the tests showed no signs of a stroke.
 
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Regarding your first paragraph...I thought the screening rooms were to identify patients with possible symptoms so that appropriate measures could be taken so as to not infect staff and other patients. In other words, if you fell and broke your leg and have no other symptoms, you probably just have a broken leg. But, if you fell and broke your leg and also have a fever, cough, can't smell, and haven't take simple precautions such as masking, you might also have Covid.
At least three hospitals that I know people working in were marking anyone with any single symptom (including stomach pains and any shortness of breath) that weren't obvious trauma as presumptive positives. I believe at least one of the hospitals is still doing this.
 
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Who is providing support subsidies for those other things? And they are overtesting for cancers, strokes, etc. There is existing research on this.

I even have a personal anecdote- my mom, a month and a half or so ago, had stroke-like symptoms triggered likely by stress. The neurologist ID'd that as the likely cause. The hospital (not the doctor!) declined to discharge her and insisted she stay for two days and undergo a battery of tests despite the initial diagnosis. Needless to say the tests showed no signs of a stroke.
Only doctors can admit and discharge. Hospitals can't do that. In addition, what if your mom had actually had a stroke? How could anyone have known without testing? I bet there'd be a lot of criticism if she'd been sent home the first day in that case.
 

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At least three hospitals that I know people working in were marking anyone with any single symptom (including stomach pains and any shortness of breath) that weren't obvious trauma as presumptive positives. I believe at least one of the hospitals is still doing this.
You are describing responsible screening. Nothing wrong with that. It is done at hospital expense and does not generate any additional revenue. Presumptive means just that.

If you go to your local ER and tell them you are having crushing chest pain, they will appropriately make the presumption you are having a heart attack. This is the safest approach for your benefit. Once the presumption is disproven and you are found to have heartburn, the doctor (not the hospital) diagnoses you with heartburn, not a heart attack.
 

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Who is providing support subsidies for those other things? And they are overtesting for cancers, strokes, etc. There is existing research on this.

I even have a personal anecdote- my mom, a month and a half or so ago, had stroke-like symptoms triggered likely by stress. The neurologist ID'd that as the likely cause. The hospital (not the doctor!) declined to discharge her and insisted she stay for two days and undergo a battery of tests despite the initial diagnosis. Needless to say the tests showed no signs of a stroke.
There may be overtesting. But...if testing does not sometimes come back negative, then not all disease is being found.
 

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Then why don't hospitals just say everyone has cancer, heart attacks, strokes and make even more money? Why just pick on Covid?
Because early on especially with large hospital systems in large cities, the Medicare reimbursement and Fed add-on basically helped those systems with poor leadership or budget issues pay for their bills while elective surgeries and the big money makers were shut down.
 

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Only doctors can admit and discharge. Hospitals can't do that. In addition, what if your mom had actually had a stroke? How could anyone have known without testing? I bet there'd be a lot of criticism if she'd been sent home the first day in that case.
You honestly believe that hospitals can't discharge patients themselves? Or that doctors can be ordered to discharge patients from their superiors?
 
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You honestly believe that hospitals can't discharge patients themselves? Or that doctors can be ordered to discharge patients from their superiors?
Hospitals can discharge patients only with a doctor's order. Doctors might be ordered to do so but it can't happen until they write the order. However, I don't know who the doctor's 'superior' would be in this context.
 

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Hospitals can discharge patients only with a doctor's order. Doctors might be ordered to do so but it can't happen until they write the order. However, I don't know who the doctor's 'superior' would be in this context.
attending residents have multiple levels of superiors, hell even I have ordered for patients to be discharged and i'm not even medical staff.
 

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Only doctors can admit and discharge. Hospitals can't do that. In addition, what if your mom had actually had a stroke? How could anyone have known without testing? I bet there'd be a lot of criticism if she'd been sent home the first day in that case.
Your first statement is patently false.

Also, the very first screen showed no stroke. The second, a few hours later, showed no stroke. She asked if she could go home, they said no- they needed to do more screens, essentially scaring her into staying and undergoing no fewer than four more screens, despite symptoms passing by after the first hour she was in the hospital. That is not responsible, it is irresponsible and greedy.
 

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You are describing responsible screening. Nothing wrong with that. It is done at hospital expense and does not generate any additional revenue. Presumptive means just that.

If you go to your local ER and tell them you are having crushing chest pain, they will appropriately make the presumption you are having a heart attack. This is the safest approach for your benefit. Once the presumption is disproven and you are found to have heartburn, the doctor (not the hospital) diagnoses you with heartburn, not a heart attack.
Did you seriously just type this? You're saying that hospitals don't bill that back out? This proves beyond doubt either delusion or idiocy, and I'm not sure which it is.
 
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Your first statement is patently false.

Also, the very first screen showed no stroke. The second, a few hours later, showed no stroke. She asked if she could go home, they said no- they needed to do more screens, essentially scaring her into staying and undergoing no fewer than four more screens, despite symptoms passing by after the first hour she was in the hospital. That is not responsible, it is irresponsible and greedy.
I suspect they were ruling out potential causes of her transient ischemic attack such as atrial fibrillation, structural heart disease, and carotid stenosis. To do otherwise would be malpractice. You should be appreciative.
 

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Hospitals bill based on work done to get a final diagnosis. If work is done that the payor deems unnecessary, it is not paid.
You are way oversimplifying things.

I suspect they were ruling out potential causes of her transient ischemic attack such as atrial fibrillation, structural heart disease, and carotid stenosis. To do otherwise would be malpractice. You should be appreciative.
She did not have a TIA, doc. I literally told you this.

Since you're way off base, I think it's best to leave this and let others read the kind of silliness you're posting.
 
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You are way oversimplifying things.


She did not have a TIA, doc. I literally told you this.

Since you're way off base, I think it's best to leave this and let others read the kind of silliness you're posting.
Neurologic symptoms that spontaneously resolve without a stroke is a TIA provided no other explanation is found.
 

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