August 10, 2007


Filed under: THE DEADLY EUPHEMISMS IN HEALTHCARE — Kim Sanders-Fisher @ 11:08 am

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Greedy Profiteering in the Healthcare Industry has Reached Biblical Proportions.  

Doctors and Nurses are increasingly being forced to work longer hours of continuous duty caring for greater numbers of sicker patients with fewer staff and zero backup or relief. Exhausted Medical staff are used as the convenient scapegoat when mistakes are made, while in fact it is the Deliberate Negligent Understaffing of Healthcare facilities that has led to dangerous care.

At a time when we face the possibility of terrorism, sabotage or a global pandemic the US Healthcare system is being disabled and dismantled to drain every last dollar of profit for greedy Corporate giants. Meanwhile, to accomplish this goal, the powerful forces in the Healthcare industry are busy perpetrating a whole slew of deliberately deceptive PR lies to trick vulnerable Medical staff into remaining silent while the general public is defrauded out of safe access to Medical care.  Sure there are genuine initiatives, but in numerous cases noble intentions are easily hijacked by profiteers.  Read the alternative definitions in italics below.

These Repugnant Healthcare Euphemisms will Prove as Deadly as US “Peacekeepers!”

1. “Managed Care” 

Definition:  Too much Top Heavy Management providing far too little and increasingly more dangerous Medical Care.

2. “Patient Safety Initiatives”   

Definition:  Impressive PR Campaigns that use media spin to help obscure the sordid facts about unsafe practices like Deliberate Negligent Understaffing.

3. “Risk Management” 

Definition:   Department dedicated to reducing the Risk to Management from outspoken Patient Advocates.

4. “Compliance Hot Line”  

Definition:  Early warning system to alert or assist Management in the prompt removal of outspoken Patient Advocates.  A useful tool to avoid rigorous external scrutiny by conning Government Accreditation Agencies and Patient Advocacy Groups into confident reliance on fake internal policing.

5. “Patient Centered Care”  

Definition:  Patients now forced to “Center” on their own Care due to chronic abandonment caused by the dangerous policies of Deliberate Negligent Understaffing.

6. “Patient Abandonment”  

Definition:  The threat of legal sanctions used to force Nurses to work mandatory overtime, double shifts and unsafe hours of continuous duty without a break in order to support Deliberate Negligent Understaffing policies.

7. “ Medical Error”   

Definition:   Avoidable Mistake made by overworked, overstressed, exhausted and habitually abused Medical staff.

8. “Nursing Shortage” or “Nursing Crisis”   

Definition:  Healthcare Corporation’s deliberately engineered “NURSING EXODUS” resulting from the creation of a toxic work environment of torturous schedule demands, exhausting hours of overwork, with no breaks and numerous unsafe compromises in Patient Care driven by profiteering cut-backs and used to falsely justify a further dangerous escalation of Deliberate Negligent Understaffing. 

9. “Downsizing”   

Definition:  Forcing all of the people delivering direct Patient Care to endure the dangerously unworkable staff cut-backs of Deliberate Negligent Understaffing to support bloated Top Heavy Management and Corporate profiteering greed.

10. “Trim the Fat”   

Definition: Removal of basic benefits while increasing unrealistic schedule demands for regular Healthcare workers with Deliberate Negligent Understaffing.  Often used as an incentive to force all of the more highly paid experienced tenured staff out of Nursing stimulating a “NURSING EXODUS,” to increase the glut of money available as a reward bonus for abusive Managers and Corporate profiteers.

11. “Mandatory Overtime”    

Definition: A State sanctioned dangerous work overload forcing exhausted staff to risk charges of abandonment or compromise Patient Care by working intolerably long hours as a regular staffing coverage policy.

12. “Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit”   

Definition: Drug Company extortion campaign endorsed and implemented by the Government to reward political support with an uncontrolled pharmaceutical pricing policy designed to forcibly drive Medicare into Bankruptcy.

13. “Tort Reform”   

Definition:  Adjustments to make the deadly human cost of all of the above unethical compromises less financially devastating with zero accountability for facilities whose greedy profiteering results in ongoing unsafe practices, Deliberate Negligent Understaffing and increasingly dangerous Patient Care.

Unlucky 13 for Consumers receiving Unsafe Medical Care; Money making Bonanza for Corporate Healthcare Profiteers. Medical Professionals and the general public must demand an immediate end to this lunacy; we also really need Media help.



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