A new study proves false the conventional assumption that hospitals make more money on patients who fall ill with hospital-acquired infections. As it turns out, the higher payments do not cover the additional costs.
They study showed an average $26,839 loss for each patient who came down with "central-line-associated" bloodstream infection. A central line is a catheter placed into a vein to provide medication.
Hospital-acquired infections affect roughly 2 million patients each year, and approximately 100,000 die from them.
Recent studies have also shown that such infections are not a normal side-effect of caring for the seriously ill, but are generally caused by poor medical care.
Most people, including most health care professionals, simply do not understand that hospitals comprise nearly ONE-THIRD of the $2.2 trillion the United States spends for "health care." This is TRIPLE what we surrender to drug companies.
It would not be so bad if we actually recieved major benefits for this investment, but, as this article illustrates, this frequently is not the case.
Additionally, you may not realize that only 16 states have laws on the books requiring hospitals to report the number of infections they encounter, and only one (Pennsylvania) has issued reports listing cases at individual hospitals. And that could be crucial information, given how important it is to be cautious about the quality of the hospital you choose.
Frankly, going into the hospital should always be viewed as the option of last resort, when you have exhausted all others. Not only do you risk developing a life-threatening infection, but they all-too-frequently are giving you the wrong solution for your problem. Without question surgery can be a life-saving intervention, especially for acute trauma, but more frequently it is an unwise and poor solution that will cause far more problems than it solves.
Dr. Christopher Gussa from Benson, Arizona weighs in on the issue with some more alarming statistics: