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Daniel Rushlow

Dearborn Heights, MI

#1 Mar 3, 2013
I went to Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn for a lumbar fusion surgery and they gave me a full scoliosis surgery and I went into respiratory failure and had excessive blood loss and woke 5 days later in the ICU. A few days later I was discharged and 5 days later became paralyzed from my waist down, so they operated again and more parts were used, billing medicare for parts and equipment alone was $206,000 not to mention all the days in ICU,blood tests,breathing treatments, the whole nine yards. Dr Nilesh Patel(surgeon&LIAR)told me a week stay,I was sent to Oakwood Heritage for physical therapy because I had to learn how to walk again, I spent 35 days altogether in these Hospitals,plus testing,around the clock care, physical therapy,CTscans,X-rays that must be $500,000 but I have to have wheelchairs,other equipments and pain Doctors, more medications than ever before,it keeps adding up.They caused me to have a spinal cord injury and the Doctor conveniently lost all the records of my surgery,so I will be relying on disability and Medicare until I die, they tried to kill me in there and there was drug abuse and misconduct on so many levels I could write a book.
Pete

Livonia, MI

#2 Mar 3, 2013
You had a bad outcome no doubt. Of course we don't know what your prognosis was to begin with. Dr Nilesh Patel has no malpractice, sanctions or board actions recorded. He is only 37 years old and I would not allow someone that young to practice on me. Too late now. Do what you can in pursuing a claim. An attorney might do wonders in finding records. Lack of records itself can add to their culpability so don't be discouraged yet.
Daniel Rushlow

Dearborn Heights, MI

#3 Mar 4, 2013
Oh I forgot to mention they sent me home and the Doctor knew I had a compression fracture because they took x-rays every other day or so even when I was asleep, rather unconscious, look here`s what gets me I was 48 years old and they disfigured me and took my legs and with that,swimming,hunting,fishing, teaching my Grandchildren how to play baseball etc and they sent me home and never even called to see how I was, they(Oakwood Healthcare) has no Integrity, They destroyed my entire life!
Dennis Byron

Milford, MA

#4 Mar 4, 2013
How was this a Medicare ripoff? If you were 48 when this terrible thing happened to you, what does this have to do with Medicare? I think you are saying that now thankfully you can get Medicare but how is that a rip off?
Daniel Rushlow

Dearborn Heights, MI

#5 Mar 4, 2013
The Doctors and hospital are making thousands of dollars they should not be getting,if they would not have sent me home with the compression fractures in my spine they would not have burst and injured my spinal cord, which led to more surgery, 24 more days of hospital care,physical therapy,ambulatory equipment,pain Doctors,visits to expensive neurologists the list goes on and on.Medications sometimes are one thousand per month alone.And thats what makes me angry,I told the Doctor a few days before the first surgery that I did not want it and he screamed at me"I already leased an o.r and full surgical team!you`ll be responsible for the bill!!"
Pete

Livonia, MI

#6 Mar 4, 2013
Dennis Byron wrote:
How was this a Medicare ripoff? If you were 48 when this terrible thing happened to you, what does this have to do with Medicare? I think you are saying that now thankfully you can get Medicare but how is that a rip off?
Once you are disabled for two years you are automatically enrolled in Medicare. You do not have to be 65 and retired.

The potential rip-off comes this way. The government has set up certain time frames for DRGs, diagnosis related groups. A certain back problem may pay a certain lump sum. So the hospital is under the gun to discharge the patient before they spend too much on a given patient's problem. Some hospitals are discharging patients early knowing they will need to come back. When they do come back, the hospital logs it in as a different DRG so they won't be penalized for not fixing the problem the first time. A patient can go around and around like this and never receive proper care. Medicare keeps getting billed excessively and the patient suffers. The system rewards mischief and this is not the first thread we have had here on Topix saying the same thing about Oakwood.

My brother died there in 2010 because they kept discharging him to the assisted care nearby before he was stable enough to even be moved. Last time they picked him up it was too late to save him.
Daniel Rushlow

Dearborn Heights, MI

#7 Mar 4, 2013
Pete has it right,and another point of interest, when I went to Oakwood (reluctantly) the anesthesiologist said "you are wheezing, I`m not sure we can proceed" she went and talked to the Doctor and he said"give him a breathing treatment" they did and operated and I had respiratory failure and had to be on a ventilator on full mechanical support.This Doctor only wanted the money.I dreamed of moving up North and being more productive, I`m 50 years old now and in bed 20 hours a day and almost totally broke because of all this, they ended my Life and never said sorry or anything.
Pete

Livonia, MI

#8 Mar 5, 2013
Daniel Rushlow wrote:
Pete has it right,and another point of interest, when I went to Oakwood (reluctantly) the anesthesiologist said "you are wheezing, I`m not sure we can proceed" she went and talked to the Doctor and he said"give him a breathing treatment" they did and operated and I had respiratory failure and had to be on a ventilator on full mechanical support.This Doctor only wanted the money.I dreamed of moving up North and being more productive, I`m 50 years old now and in bed 20 hours a day and almost totally broke because of all this, they ended my Life and never said sorry or anything.
Try to remain positive. Good things can happen. Life can be better.

My mother died in Garden City Hospital from pancreatic cancer. I spend much time there during chemo treatments. My hearing is very good and I paid special attention to the doctors conversing and making notes. For oncologists, cancer treatment is a game of numbers. Bedside manner is often lacking. They get their kicks out of mixing a cocktail of chemicals and trying to get that extra day of life out of the patient. That sounds laudable at first until you realize that quality of life is of little consideration.

Money and prestige often dictate a doctor's decision to treat. What they do as the doctor did in your case is probably defensible from a medical and legal point of view. Nobody complains about the good results. Don't look back. Make the best of each day.
Dennis Byron

Milford, MA

#9 Mar 7, 2013
It sounds like you both have reason to be angry at doctors but it does not appear it has anything to do with Medicare... no Medicare rip off here. If I am reading the story in the post above accurately, you were not even on Medicare when you went to the hospital at age 48
Daniel Rushlow

Dearborn Heights, MI

#10 Mar 7, 2013
Dennis:If you worked full time in the U.S.A and become disabled, in two years you are eligible for Medicare as long as you paid your taxes.I don`t know how much clearer it can be that they took advantage of Medicare.

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