“Perverse”: Economic Incentive to Inflate Death Count of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Acknowledged at Official Hearing

“Perverse”: Economic Incentive to Inflate Death Count of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Acknowledged at Official Hearing

  • Anthony S. Fauci — Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health of the United States
  • Robert Redfield — Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Brett P. Giroir — Admiral, United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps; Assistant Secretary for Health, Department of Health and Human Services of the United States

The Latest Statistics — But How Reliable Are They?

The Testimony

Thank you, Congressman. I think you’re correct in that we’ve seen this in other disease processes too, really in the HIV epidemic. Somebody may have a heart attack, but also have HIV — the hospital would prefer the DRG for HIV because there’s greater reimbursement.

So I do think there’s some reality to that. When it comes to death reporting, though, I mean, ultimately, it’s how the physician defines it in the death certificate in our…our national health statistics…uhh…a group here in Hyattsville, we review all those death certificates.

Um…so I think, it’s probably less operable in the cause of death, although I…I…I won’t say it’s…there are not some cases. I do think though when it comes to hospital reimbursement issues for individuals they…they get discharged, there…there could be some play in that for sure.

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