(Tea Party PAC) – If you’ve felt like there is something fishy going on with the official United States’ coronavirus death count, you’re not alone.
The chief of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Robert Redfield, admitted that there is a “perverse” monetary “incentive” for hospitals to produce particularly high coronavirus fatalities during questioning from a Republican lawmaker in a House panel hearing on Friday.
When Redfield was asked to comment on what was described by Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) as the “perverse incentive” in a hearing held by the House Oversight and Reform Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, he answered in the affirmative.
“I think you’re correct in that we’ve seen this in other disease processes too, really in the HIV epidemic, somebody may have a heart attack, but also have HIV — the hospital would prefer the [classification] for HIV because there’s greater reimbursement,” he commented.
So I do think there’s some reality to that. When it comes to death reporting, though, ultimately, it’s how the physician defines it in the death certificate and … we review all of those death certificates.
So I think, probably it is less operable in the cause of death, although I won’t say there are not some cases. I do think though [that] when it comes to hospital reimbursement issues or individuals that get discharged, there could be some play in that for sure.
Congressman Luetkemeyer said that Adm. Brett Giroir of the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Department conceded that hospitals have an economic incentive to enhance their coronavirus death numbers.
Giroir apparently “acknowledged that the statistics he is getting from the states are over-inflated” according to the lawmaker.
Earlier on Friday, the admiral had testified before the hearing but was not present during this answer-and-question portion.
Across the US, the seven-day average number of new infections had plateaued on Thursday evening after beginning to decrease in recent days.
New fatalities reported daily and their seven-day average, however, continued to go up. They have remained below peak levels, however, according to Breitbart News.
They also note that:
There is a lag of about three weeks or more between infection and death.
As of mid-day Friday, COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) had infected nearly 4.5 million people and killed over 150,000, the Johns Hopkins University tracker revealed.