- A lady with a history of pneumonia.
- A lady who was diagnosed with a pneumo
- An elderly gentleman with lung cancer (Left lower lobe removed) and Lymphoma. He never smoked a day in his life, so I would rule out COPD here.
- An elderly man who was scheduled to have a pleural effusion drained. He was diagnosed with sepsis and probable pneumonia.
Sure, these all presented with symptoms similar to asthma, and the initial treatment did help on a few of these, but treatment # 3, #4 and #5 certainly weren't indicated.
Let's see. According to my new research, that is $88 * 5 = $440 worth of treatments when one and a good assessment would have been suffice.
ER treatments at our hospital are $88 a piece. Pharmacy probably charges even more for the medications used.
If Obama and McCain want to address something that would benefit the health care crisis, this is it. What a waste of resources.
Check out my 'olins at the bottom of the blog. I've finally updated them.