Rich Hospitals Train Doctors & Nurses To Scope Out Wealthy Patients For Donations
The New York Times reports that hospitals are training doctors and nurses to scope out patients who are wealthy and grateful enough to donate:
Many hospitals conduct nightly wealth screenings—using software that culls public data such as property records, contributions to political campaigns and other charities—to gauge which patients are most likely to be the source of large donations.
Those who seem promising targets for fundraising may receive a visit from a hospital executive in their rooms, as well as extra amenities like a bathrobe or a nicer waiting area for their families.
Some of the hospitals that try to milk patient for donations — on top of high prices — include UCLA Health, MedStar Health (MedStar Georgetown University Hospital), Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, Sharp HealthCare in San Diego and NYU Langone Medical Center in New York.