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Unethical Conduct

Unethical Conduct
This article is about David whose mother was threated in Wuesthoff hospital. While sick she had a battery of tests and was moved from one room and section to another many times. During the moves, various things disappeared. Items lost and not located in lost and found included all her clothing, her jewelry, gifts bought for her while she was ill in the hospital, and both her upper and lower dentures. At discharge, they had to get clothes out of lost and found for her to wear home. They also refused to reimburse her for her dentures at that time.
David went to the hospital and found a person responsible for reimbursement. He did not demand payment for anything except for the lost dentures since his mother was in a nursing home and on social security, and there was no way she could afford to replace them.
At that time, David brought a written estimate for $1000 to replace his mother’s teeth from a local denture clinic to Karen L. Davila. She made sure that a check was written to that clinic to replace her teeth, acknowledging their responsibility for the loss. Unfortunately, David’s mother died in February, being too ill to ever make it in to get her impressions.
Karen now refuses to reissue a check reimbursing her estate for the teeth they lost. She claims she does not have to reimburse for teeth they lost since David’s mother is now dead.
Even though it is legal I think it is unethical. I don’t understand why she would refuse to write a check. The hospital made already enough money on David’s mother stay. If David’s mother wouldn’t have died Karen would write her a check, but unfortunately she passed away and check wasn’t taken into consideration. But the bills still have to be paid fot these dentures! I think Karen should have helped David.

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  1. dpinz
    November 7, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    I agree that this hospital should pay for the loss of the teeth, even if David’s mother is death. Hospitals should pay the same way as patients pay for the visits, if the hospital makes a mistake they should pay. I believe is unethical for a hospital to give any excuse for the loss of David’s mother teeth. Mistakes can happen to anybody, but recognize the mistake is what is important. Is the hospital cannot recognize so little mistake like that, how they think they can save life.

  2. jsbenjam
    November 11, 2009 at 12:57 am

    If my family members have to cover my unpaid medical bills when I die, the hospital should have to pay her family what they owe even though she died.

  3. twinpate
    December 7, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    I agree the hospital should be held responsible when they mess up however people don’t realize that when issuance companies pay out sums of money for medical malpractice it heightens the hospitals insurance fee and in return those price hikes are passed on to the patients.

  4. yulianap
    December 8, 2009 at 12:28 am

    I think the hospital acted very unethical. The family should have insisted on receiving reimbursement for all lost belongings right away. It is sad when people take advantage of a already disadvantaged person.

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