Texas hospital hoax ensnares the Governor. – Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced yesterday that residents in the counties that are home to Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio must wear masks whenever they visit any business establishment. His new order will become effective at 6:00 tonight, and will remain in effect through August 4. Which is fine, although it is sad to see Gov. Abbott falling victim to the “case” counting fraud the state’s hospitals are committing.
I’ve told you repeatedly over the past two weeks that every hospital in my home state – and I understand in many other states as well – have been scamming the taxpayers by classifying every incoming new patient who tests positive for COVID-19 as a “COVID-19 Related” case. It doesn’t matter if the patient is there for knee surgery or tonsillitis or to have their appendix removed, they officially become a part of the fraudulent COVID “case” count.
The hospitals are doing this because congress stupidly included a flat $36,000 per-patient reimbursement to hospitals for all “COVID-19 Related” cases in one of its early stimulus bills. So this is one big money scam, and there cannot be any question now that Gov. Abbott is aware of that fact, because his own spokeswoman for the Texas Department of State Health Services, Lindsay Rosales, confirmed that fact to JustTheNews his week:
Lindsey Rosales, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of State Health Services, confirmed to Just the News this week that the state is categorizing every inpatient in the state with a positive COVID-19 test as a COVID-19 hospitalization.
“The number of hospitalized patients includes patients with a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 even if the person is admitted to the hospital for a different reason,” Rosales said.
Asked if inpatients in the state are tested for COVID-19 whenever they arrive for treatment, Rosales said, “Hospitals set their own protocols for determining when and if to test patients for COVID-19.”
She said the state does not keep track of the patients hospitalized with the coronavirus versus those hospitalized specifically because of it.
Which is exactly what I told you earlier this week.
Governor Abbott justifies his new order by claiming that “COVID-19 Related” patients are filling up the state’s hospitals and ICU beds, but that is not at all the case. Read the letter below from the head of the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council:
Only 38% of available respirators in use for just over 1,000 actual COVID-19 patients, who make up less than 10% of patients in the area’s hospitals. For this, Governor Abbott includes a new prohibition on elective surgeries in his new order.
Madness. Absolute, utter fraud and madness. A reader asked me on Wednesday why I think this mis-counting of “cases” is such a big deal. Well, here it is: The intentional miscounting of “cases” is creating perverse incentives for political leaders to make bad policy.
To be clear: I don’t mind wearing these masks, and have been doing so since March on every trip to the grocery store or any other public place, if only to make other people feel more secure. I’m fine with it. What I’m not fine with is public officials making policy that is likely unconstitutional based on false filings made by hospital officials who should be held accountable.
Shame on Governor Abbott for supporting and refusing to acknowledge this blatant case of hospital fraud in the Lone Star State.
That is all.
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