Posted On May 12, 2009 on Mercola.com after the article stating:
Quest Diagnostics (Laboratories) Pays $302 Million Fine
"I worked at Quest screening microscopically for cancer and related diseases as a cytologist and was pushed to screen more slides than was possible to do accurately. When I found a missed Pap smear case from the past after calling the current one on the same patient positive, I quit. All they cared about was how many slides I could get myself to screen each day, not whether or not I found cancer or precancerous changes on the slides. It was all about money. I was told if we didn't screen at least 75 slides a day the stock share holders would get mad and our department would not get a bonus. 60 was all I could do accurately. In Canada and other socialized medicine countries the max allowed by law is only 40-50 slides per day to ensure cancer screening is done accurately. I have found so many missed cases throughout the years in cytology I'd be a billionairre had the whistle blowing laws been in effect then. I helped get the law passed however and CLIA '88 as well.
I am waiting for Quest to get busted for missed Paps as the cytologists are working in sweat shop conditions being forced to daily screen the max allowed by US law (100 slides per day) which is not humanly possible to do with accuracy day in and day out. There isn't even time for a bathroom break at this speed.
doctor's wife of 15 years"
Unfortunately, when profit is the main goal, ethics falter, and people suffer. A friend and I have noticed increasingly, that the work ethic in America in general is dysfunctional. Try to get a contractor to do a job right, for instance. The Government agencies 'protecting' the consumer are dysfunctional. They protect the business that ensures they get their paychecks and kickbacks. This morning I saw a little news on the telly, which was sadly comical. School children are being told to walk more to prevent or fix obesity, while the corporations are allowed to use their GMO-produced High Fructose Corn Syrup and Sulfites in the food, etc., to set these kids up. Milk, hot dogs, soda and Doritos, lots of bread, donuts, etc. are the standard fare. One school bought rubber balls for all the kids to sit on to replace the chairs, to burn more calories.
Lab tests that are inaccurate, after people are charged bloated prices to see a 'practitioner and get lab work so they can be put on pharmaceuticals has to be a tragicomedy. My retired friend realized that with his $500+ Kaiser insurance monthly bill and the dentist office, he is putting out about $1000 a month. In one hour, the dentist made $500, while working on other patients in other rooms. The sad thing there, is there's no non-toxic material to put in teeth, so we pay bloated prices to create immune drains.
Momma said there'd be days like this? What is the 'world' coming to? Better yet, what has America come to? When mothers give babies 10 times the amount of flame retardant chemicals in their breast milk than European Union countries with better laws, when we've allowed an invasion of the Pharma corps to drug up to 1/3 of the classroom, etc., what is our future? And I thought I needed to write a book about why we've ensured our society would fail with sexual abuse or one on the mistreatment of our elderly....