Bellevue Hospital in New York has continuously cut corners over the last three years to hustle patients through bariatric surgery, an $11,000 procedure mainly footed by taxpayers since most of Bellevue’s patients are uninsured or on Medicaid, reports the New York Times.
The hospital stands to earn at least $34 million alone this year from performing nearly 3,000 weight-loss surgeries.
The procedure, which makes changes to the digestive system to help patients lose weight, requires long-term changes to the patient’s lifestyle. The approval process is lengthy but not at Bellevue, according to a Times investigation that found that doctors sped patients through the system to get them onto the operating table.
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