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High risk, poor outcome surgery

High risk, poor outcome surgery

1 MAY, 2014 Lack of honesty about end of life Profits put before patients outcomes Intensive Care death A conflict of interest between large profits from performing acute surgery and patients with end of life conditions, can lead to terrible outcomes. An elderly man...
Not so lucky patients

Not so lucky patients

The Lucky Country and out of pocket costs Australian’s are used to being told they are the ‘lucky country’ and that healthcare is ‘free’. Before you accept this concept as fact, consider the following information. 17% of all total health...
Florence in a private hospital

Florence in a private hospital

How much has changed since the 19th Century?   Florence Nightingale though she had her hands full, trying to reform nineteenth century English hospitals. Run down hospitals, drunken unskilled nursing aids, surgeons who refused to wash their hands and patients...
Manipulated waiting lists

Manipulated waiting lists

Manipulated waiting lists   The ongoing outcry about more funding desperately needed for struggling Australian hospitals may be somewhat of a red herring.  According to a wide range of unconnected sources, waiting lists in some public hospitals are sometimes...
Cardiac Infection ignored

Cardiac Infection ignored

18 NOVEMBER, 2018 Private cardiac surgery Post operative infection ignored Rude, unskilled nurses People tend to think that if they ‘pay more’ for private healthcare, then their treatments will automatically be ‘better quality’. In the normal...
Health care industry cover ups

Health care industry cover ups

Health care industry cover ups If you are interested in reading about the history of private healthcare, start with Michael Wynne’s astonishing site Corporate Health Care. Michael came from a Medical Family and graduated in Medicine from Capetown University in...
Paying for errors

Paying for errors

12 SEPTERMBER, 2015 Private insurers wanting value for money Comprehensive reports kept from public scrutiny Private health sector resisting reform Private hospitals are try to defend the right to receive payments when patients fall victim to preventable errors. Their...
Australian hospital safety scores

Australian hospital safety scores

How can Australian’s access hospitals safety scores? Sadly, Australian’s can only access one timid government website, called MyHospitals. The information is frequently out of date and contains only a tiny amount of the data actually collected on hospital...
Hospital errors and secrecy

Hospital errors and secrecy

3 SEPTEMBER, 2014 Bureaucratic reports Actual numbers Politics Hospital errors, the hidden death toll Australian’s are accustomed to hearing from politicians that they have the ‘best health systems in the world’. It is routinely declared to be ‘safe and affordable’....
Taking risks in Recovery

Taking risks in Recovery

31 AUGUST, 2015 Lack of accountability Lack of safe staffing levels Avoidable errors Hospitals should not take unnecessary risks by cutting staff in Recovery Accreditation for hospitals and nursing homes follows a simplistic, sometimes irrelevant approach. Things...
Basic tests, unnecessary errors

Basic tests, unnecessary errors

Basic blood tests could have shown risk of seizures A slight, eighty year old woman was admitted to hospital after suffering a stroke. After spending several weeks of treatment, the doctors declared she was stable. She was then assessed for rehabilitation. The...
Obesity and surgery

Obesity and surgery

31 AUGUST, 2015 Morbid obesity High risk surgery Deteriation post operatively Morbid obesity and surgery don’t mix An morbidly obese woman in her seventies called ‘Maria’ had difficulty walking. She had been diagnosed with advanced arthritis in both her knees, was...
Stroke patient misses out

Stroke patient misses out

31 AUGUST, 2015 Emergency department mixups Treatment delays Avoidable readmissions Stroke patients should never miss out on essential treatments A fifty year old woman experienced a sudden onset of visual disturbances, abnormal hallucinations, and confusion. She had...
Delayed treatment for a broken leg

Delayed treatment for a broken leg

31 AUGUST, 2015 Repeated delays for surgery Deep vein thrombosis Inaccurate drug dose Treatment delays for a broken leg leads to ongoing health problems When Bill booked a weekend on the mountains of Victoria, treatment delays were the last thing on his mind. A tall,...
Heart attack a long time coming

Heart attack a long time coming

25 AUGUST, 2015 Poor education Lack of basic health care monitoring Sudden heart attack Nick has never been interested in exercise. He hated sport at school. Nick’s idea of running around is working 12 hour days. He runs’s his own business in the insurance industry....