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Will Greed lead to Meltdown of the Health System?

By James Murtagh and Rob Kall  Posted by James Murtagh (about the submitter)       (Page 1 of 3 pages)     (# of views)   13 comments

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.


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.


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.


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.



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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James J. Murtagh, Jr. is a doctor of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine, and the Medical Director of several sleep laboratories in Southern Ohio. Dr. Murtagh extensively writes on medical ethics. Dr. Murtagh is the founder of a new (more...)
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