By Thomas J. Edwards –
There appears to be a massive drop in natural deaths nationwide. Suddenly, most people falling ill are dying of the Wuhan coronavirus. Word seeping out from health care professionals confirm the sudden shift in causes of deaths. How can that be? It can’t. It’s all in the padding of death certificates for money.
People are still dying in nature’s normal rhythm of life and death. But now, dying as a result of the Chinese virus is much more lucrative for hospitals and health care centers. Hospitals are getting paid more to label cause of death as “coronavirus.”
Oh it’s all above board or so it seems. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has given its official imprimatur to declaring a death as resulting from coronavirus even if the viral influence is only minor. And while the CDC’s official document blithely encourages a test to confirm coronavirus as a death cause, a test isn’t really necessary.
Minnesota Dr. Scott Jensen brought the issue to light in April. Jensen, also a state senator, was concerned that relaxed reporting requirements — copies of the CDC memo were sent by the American Medical Association to all MDs — were all about money. Jensen says the AMA effort is an encouragement for doctors to over-count coronavirus deaths.
But the disclosure was largely ignored by the mainstream media because it apparently didn’t fit their narrative of blaming the pandemic on President Donald Trump.
Why are Wuhan virus deaths so prevalent among the aged? It’s all about the money and the spending gravy train provided by Congress to ease the pain of the pandemic — including $50 billion in borrowed money to boost Medicare subsidies. Dr. Jensen says hospitals are paid more if they list patients with a COVID-19 diagnosis.
‘Right now Medicare is determining that if you have a COVID-19 admission to the hospital you get $13,000. If that COVID 19 patient goes on a ventilator you get $39,000, three times as much,” Jensen told Fox News Laura Ingraham. “Nobody can tell me after 35 years in the world of medicine that sometimes those kinds of things impact on what we do.”
Then there’s the factor of recovering some of the tens of millions spent to quickly manufacture ventilators because “experts” declared a shortage. But those experts were wrong and thousands of ventilators will be stored until they become outdated. So instead of looking for savings in other areas of government spending, it is easier to pad the books and pass the cost to taxpayers.
The Department of Health & Human Services issued a seven-page document — Guidance for Certifying Death Due to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) — coaching doctors to fill out death certificates with a COVID-19 diagnosis without a lab test to confirm the patient actually had the virus. Read the instructions at: https://tinyurl.com/szbs9u2
And the AMA issued a 31-page document titled Special coding advice during COVID-19 public health emergency. The memo describes 26 scenarios about how to document and code COVID-19 patients. Go to: https://tinyurl.com/ycdugecv to read the AMA document.