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Will Greed lead to Meltdown of the Health System?

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Doctor and Nurse Coalitions Join to Support Dr. Lokesh B. Vuyyuru

Washington- Reeling from the meltdown of the nation's mortgage and financial systems, Americans now realize that Wall Street greed may next destroy the healthcare system.

Doctors and nurses are alarmed.  Medicine is being plundered by giants like Health Corporation of America (HCA),  Community Health Systems (CHS) Tenet, Texas Health Systems, and Humana.

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Congressional testimony highlighted in Michael Moore’s film Sicko showed doctors, including former Humana executive Dr. Linda Peeno, detailing precisely how HMO greed strands millions of Americans without decent healthcare, leading to immense suffering and excess deaths.

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The problem of hospital greed is worsening, according to a growing number of lawsuits from Doctors and nurses. In many cases, the hospital greed appears to be aided and abetted by the justice department, and by powerful connections to politicians such as former Senate Majority Leader William Frist.

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Dr. Lokesh B. Vuyyuru has filed whistleblower charges against John Randolph Medical Center at Hopewell, Virginia (an HCA affiliate) and Southside Regional Medical Center at Petersburg, Virginia Community Health Systems (a CHS affiliate) and DR. Gopinath Jadhav, for performing thousands of unwarranted GI procedures, costing millions and leading to needless pain and suffering.These hospitals were responsible numerous patient deaths. CHS has already paid more than $ 31 Million in fines for false claims made to the federal government. In eye-popping pleadings, Dr. Vuyyuru, a leading gastroenterologist and former Fellow of the National institutes of Health (NIH) details the extreme retaliation that HCA used to attempt to silence him. Death threats, and threats to his family, forced Dr. Vuyyuru to send his family out of the country at the height of the dispute.

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Dr. Vuyyuru is supported by a large number of doctors coalitions, and whistleblower coalitions, including the Semmelweis Society and the International Association of Whistleblowers (IAW).

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"Dr. Vuyyuru exemplifies the best of our traditions in medicine." Stated Mr. Mike McCray, Esq. co-chair of the IAW. "This doctor really has put himself on the line for patients. His case is very similar to that of Dr. Campbell, who exposed a huge scheme of unnecessary heart surgeries in Redding California. Dr. Larry Poliner in Dallas Texas is another doctor who showed HMO mendacity and fraud."

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HCA has already been exposed as one of the most corrupt corporations in US history. Two whistleblowers, Mr. John Schilling and James Alderson, won the largest fraud cases in history against HCA, resulting in return of more than $1.7 Billion by HCA to the US treasury. Nurses at HCA, alarmed by increasing corruption and poor patient care, have recently started a website to alert the public, and join in solidarity with  the doctors and accounting whistleblowers from HCA

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