St Mary’s Medical Center was investigated last summer for violations involving their pediatric cardiac surgery practices, which led to much higher death rate than normal. St Mary’s was forced to suspend its pediatric cardiac program. UNTIL….UNTIL…until they fixed the problems? No. That would be the right thing to do.
They didn’t do that. What they did do was to contribute $200,000 to Florida’s Republican Party. All of a sudden, the regulations they were accused of violating “went away.”
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Another example of politics vs patient safety. Politics always wins.