Doctors Were Alarmed Print
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Monday, 03 June 2019 16:50

Secret recordings of meetings between physicians at UNC Children's Hospital reveal several doctors doubted and questioned the quality of care for children with serious heart issues. On May 31, The New York Times published a nearly 7,000-word investigation of the Chapel Hill, North Carolina hospital's pediatric heart surgery program, entitled Doctors Were Alarmed: 'Would I Have My Children Have Surgery Here?'

According to Santiago Leon, JD, Associate Director, Health and Benefits at Willis Towers Watson, "This illustrates a fundamental problem with fee for service medicine: the possible pressure to suspend clinical judgment in the face of financial considerations."  
 
What should be done? Professional associations seem to play a positive role. Mr. Leon recommends looking up children's heart surgery programs that report to the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. There are nine of them in Florida, of which eight are two-star and one, UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville, is three-star.

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Last Updated on Monday, 03 June 2019 17:07