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Private health care horror story

40,000 patients at a Las Vegas medical clinic may have been infected with Hepatitis B and C

by CBC

CBC Radio As It Happens aired a piece recently on a physician-owned for-profit clinic in Las Vegas that re-used syringes, re-used single-dose vials of medicine for multiple patients, and poorly sterilized rooms and equipment — infecting thousands of patients.

"As many as 40-thousand patients at a Las Vegas medical clinic may have been infected with Hepatitis B and C — and possibly even HIV. The Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada has been accused of re-using syringes on patients for nearly four years, infecting and re-infecting thousands of its patients. Now, all those patients are being told to get tested for the diseases, in what's considered the biggest public health notification in US history." (To listen to this follow the first link below, the clip is roughly halfway through Part 1.)

The FBI is also investigating possible Medicare fraud at the clinic.

Nevada State is under pressure to increase inspections of outpatient surgery clinics, and it has already uncovered dangerous practices at four other clinics.

Links and sources
  http://www.cbc.ca/radioshows/AS_IT_HAPPENS/20080306.shtml
  http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2008-03-08-2306618_x.htm
  http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2008/feb/29/clinic-cut-corners-profit-...

Posted: March 25, 2008

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