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U.S. Health Care Costs: Issue Modules, Background Brief - KaiserEDU.org, Health Policy Education from the Henry J. Kaiser Family FoundationBackground Health expenditures in the United States neared $2.6 trillion in 2010, over ten times the $256 billion spent in 1980. The rate of growth in recent years has slowed relative to the late 1990s and early 2000s, but is still expected to grow faster than national income over the foreseeable future. Addressing this growing burden continues to be a major policy priority.
Patient Dumping | Fraud | Office of Inspector General | U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesIn each CMP case resolved through a settlement agreement, the settling party has contested the OIG 's allegations and denied any liability. No CMP judgment or finding of liability has been made against the settling party. Holmes Regional Medical Center (HRMC), FL, agreed to pay $50,000 to resolve its liability for Civil Monetary Penalties under the patient dumping statute. The OIG alleged that HRMC failed to provide a medical screening examination and to adequately stabilize a 30-year old pregnant woman who presented to their emergency department experiencing chest pains, in potential cardiac arrest, and became unresponsive. Both the patient and her baby died.
By E. Galen 7 November 2001 The television program “ER” is a perennially top-rated show, both in the US and in many countries worldwide. Viewers are accustomed to see, perhaps a half dozen times in every episode, a new patient being wheeled into the emergency room, where a team of doctors, nurses and other health care workers spring into action. There is a rapid-fire flow of dialog, as the patient’s vital signs are shouted out and other key information is communicated.