At some point or another, nearly every one requires medical attention. Whether it is through a blood transfusion, chemotherapy, or as basic as obstetrical care during pregnancy, humans rely heavily on their medical practitioners. Having said that, when the health care field mistreats us or cheats us, then we have less of a reason to trust them moving forward into the future. Of course, very few humans can endure a lifetime without medical treatment of some kind. Nevertheless, when huge scandals regarding this industry blow up in the media, it is frightening for those who put their lives right into the hands of the deceitful.
Maintaining health can be frustrating as it is without the possibility of those who deliver our care taking advantage or flat-out abusing and neglecting our good will. While we all would like to believe that our local doctors and nurses are kind, well-meaning people, there are some cases when, due to pressures from higher up the food chain, these fine professionals cross the line of their Hippocratic Oath. However, occasionally these scandals come to the surface and were simply the result of oversight or carelessness.
Whichever it is, worrisome and disgraceful acts do occur within the health care industry. Think back nearly three decades to the HIV-tainted blood scandal in Japan. Hemophiliac patients were given untreated blood products by their doctors even after announcements were made that these products caused possible contamination. An oversight such as this can be truly life-changing. Below are 7 completely upsetting and malicious episodes of such oversight or blatant dishonesty by healthcare systems across the globe over the last 10 years.
7 Gurgaon Illegal Kidney Transplant Racket (2008)
6 Chinese Heparin Recall (2008)
5 Poly Implant Prothèse Recall (2009)
4 UK Whistle-blowers Silenced (2010)
3 New England Meningitis Outbreak (2012)
2 California Female Prisoners Sterilized (2013)
1 Healthcare.gov Website (2013)
Although this one outrage does not involve direct abuse or neglect of under-educated, impoverished, or otherwise, susceptible patients, it does bring shame to the overall healthcare industry. The staple of the new and quite controversial Affordable Care Act plan, healthcare.gov, has caused much political and civil backlash over how funds were spent along with other intriguing elements. The cost to produce the website has a staggering obligation of $677 million. Now, this is enough to cause anyone to frown as most declare that the project could have been completed for a fraction of the cost. However, that’s not the half of it. The website which went live on October 1st is not even functioning as it should be. That’s right, a website costing 9 figures is not up to par. You may wonder where the scandal in that is. Well, controversialists around the web are questioning why such a large and expensive project was given right off to a Canadian firm when the boys in Silicon Valley could have done it. Also, it appears that the project did not even include an option to bid—the Canadian company got the project automatically.
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