Thursday, March 19, 2009

Government Health Care Facility Used Dirty Insulin Pens

Drudge has a link up today to a story about thousands of patients who might have have become infected with hepatitis C (and God knows what else) at a government-run hospital. The Bloomberg report states: The FDA posted a warning today against sharing the disposable insulin shots after the William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas, last month said 2,114 diabetic patients may be at risk “as a result of incorrect procedures.” The sharing occurred from 2007-2009, the FDA said in a statement issued today. That Army hospital, folks, is government health care. More from Bloomberg: “They were changing pens and weren’t following the manufacturer’s procedures,” said Clarence Davis III, a spokesman for the hospital, today in a telephone interview. “There is an ongoing investigation to determine how it happened. It wasn’t cost-cutting.” To those of you who believe that government-run, socialized health care will make everything better, remember this story. Then consider another case of government health care: The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment. An excerpt: For forty years between 1932 and 1972, the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) conducted an experiment on 399 black men in the late stages of syphilis. These men, for the most part illiterate sharecroppers from one of the poorest counties in Alabama, were never told what disease they were suffering from or of its seriousness. Informed that they were being treated for “bad blood,” their doctors had no intention of curing them of syphilis at all. Are you sure you want socialized, Hillary-style, government health care? RELATED:
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