Michigan hospital rejects woman’s heart transplant, recommends she raise $10K
Kelly Gooch, Becker’s Hospital Review
| After rejecting a 60-year-old woman’s request for a heart transplant for lack of “a more secure financial plan,” Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Spectrum Health recommended that she start a $10,000 fundraiser to come up with the money, according to a Detroit Free Press report.
The recommendation came via a Nov. 20 letter from a nurse with Spectrum Health’s Heart & Lung Specialized Care Clinics. Hospitals’ Fave New Money Ploy: “Start a Fundraiser”
In the letter, the nurse told Hedda Martin of Grand Rapids that the multidisciplinary heart transplant committee determined she is:
“not a candidate at this time for a heart transplant due to needing a more secure financial plan for immunosuppressive medication coverage.” Sarah Palin Nailed It: Death Panels Doom Seniors
Immunosuppressive drugs help prevent a person’s body from rejecting a new heart or other transplanted organ. The nurse also told Ms. Martin the transplant committee “is recommending a fundraising effort of $10,000.”
The letter was reportedly posted on social media by the patient, sparking a backlash from some commentators over the committee’s decision.
According to the report, some commentators on Twitter compared the committee to a “death panel.”
The health system posted a statement on its website stating that Spectrum does not comment on specific patient situations due to privacy, but it “cares deeply about every patient that enters its doors.” Read more.
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