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American hospitals have monetary incentive to inflate COVID-19 death counts.


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American hospitals have monetary incentive to inflate coronavirus death counts.

Excerpt from The Blaze article, dated August 2, 2020:

CDC director admits hospitals have monetary 'incentive' to inflate coronavirus death count

'I think you're correct in that we've seen this in other disease processes, too'

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Robert Redfield admitted last week that American hospitals may have monetary incentive to inflate coronavirus death counts.

During a hearing by the House Oversight and Reform Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis on Friday, Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.) asked whether hospitals have "perverse incentive" to inflate COVID-19 fatality numbers.

Shockingly, Redfield admitted that they do.

"I think you're correct in that we've seen this in other disease processes, too," Redfield said.

"Really, in the HIV epidemic, somebody may have a heart attack but also have HIV — the hospital would prefer the [classification] for HIV because there's greater reimbursement," he explained. "So, I do think there's some reality to that."

"When it comes to death reporting, though, ultimately, it's how the physician defines it in the death certificate, and … we review all of those death certificates. So I think, probably it is less operable in the cause of death, although I won't say there are not some cases," he continued. "I do think though [that] when it comes to hospital reimbursement issues or individuals that get discharged, there could be some play in that for sure."

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