Our protections have disappeared

Published: 3/2/2022 5:18:26 PM

Did you hear? Our local hospitals are now shielded from liability for medical malpractice during the pandemic.

Our legislators — without discussion — changed the tort laws. They removed protections for individual consumers — us — to protect these corporations.

Did hospitals violate laws? Cause patient deaths? Administer drugs that didn’t work?

They surely did. They gave us remdesivir.

Remdesivir is a dangerous drug known to cause terminal liver and kidney failure. Developed to treat hepatitis C, it failed. It was Fauci’s cure for Ebola. Killed 53% of trial participants. Doesn’t work against coronavirus.

The World Health Organization advocates against it, stating, “The WHO has issued a conditional recommendation against the use of remdesivir in hospitalized patients, regardless of disease severity, as there is currently no evidence remdesivir improves survival and other outcomes...”

Doctors knew this data and prescribed it anyway. Why? It was the only early treatment authorized for use by the feds. The feds also bribed hospitals to give it to us. Yes, they bribed hospitals.

After prescribing remdesivir hospitals received a bonus of 20% of the entire bill. That’s a big bribe. Remdesivir is obscenely expensive. According to Reuters News Service, a single course of treatment in a hospital costs $3,120.

What’s the flimsy rationale for bribery? Covid-19 treatments, like remdesivir, were used as benchmarks to indicate lost revenue that needed replacement. Baloney. The CARES Act money looks great. It was bribery. The feds bribed hospitals to prescribe a dangerous drug that doesn’t work.

Jo? Natalie? Susannah? What were you thinking when you voted for a budget bill with this rider? Did you even know it was there? I hope not. It’s a betrayal.

Corporations count, they get legal protections. We don’t count. Our protections have disappeared.

Lawrence “Doc” Pruyne

Warwick


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