Why did medicare pay $25 million in double CT scans?

CT Scans for Fun and Profit?


So read a headline of the local Houston Chronicle  (Sunday, June 26, 2011)  The article talked about how Houston area hospitals are putting patients in harm’s way to enhance their profits.


It appears that a CT scan is heavy on the radiation:  350 times the normal chest x-ray.  Depending on the hospital district, according to a 2009 study, patients in the San Francisco hospitals endured 442 times the normal radiation when they received a CT scan.


The National Cancer Institute published a study in 2009 that stated that CT scans led to 29,000 excess cancer cases a year.  “Last week the New York Times ran a disturbing article documenting that hundreds of US hospitals routinely gave patients powerful C scans twice in one day.”


Here are the area hospital statistics on double CT scans:


St. Joseph’s Medical center                              29%

West Houston Medical Center              46%

St. Luke’s Medical Center (Pasadena)  31%

Christus St Elizabeth (Beaumont)                      39%

Medical Center of SE Texas (Port Arthur)        74%


“Bushong (professor of radiology at Baylor College of Medicine) said 70 million CT scans are performed every year in the United States.  Medicare paid about $25 Million for double scans in 2008”


Knowledge is power….


Until next time,




About Polly Heil-Mealey, ND, P.Sc., HHP, M.Ed., C.C.I.

Dr. Polly Heil-Mealey is the Past-President of the International Iridology Practitioners Association (IIPA), as well as an IIPA Certified Iridologist with a Master’s Degree in Education, and a Naturopathic degree. She has been involved in education and Biblical health care since 1994. Dr. Polly has been active in both television and radio, presenting community service programs covering various topics. An international traveler, she gives seminars on alternative health practices, incorporating iridology and Biblical nutritional counseling. Dr. Polly now uses her expert ability to communicate vital and useful information to help her clients build or restore their health. One of Dr. Polly’s greatest passions is to see her clients restore their health through natural therapies. Every success story confirms the need for education in holistic practices. Dr. Polly brings a high level of dedication and commitment to her clientele. She has touched the lives of many with her concern and selfless devotion. The verse “My people perish for lack of knowledge,” is a scripture that touches every level of society. As clients learn and understand holistic protocols, they are able to improve their health drastically by incorporating diet and lifestyle changes. Dr. Polly is married to Stephen Hale, and together they have eight children. Both are very active in their church and serve on various boards in their community. Dr. Polly is also the director of Women’s Ministries of her church. Dr. Polly and Stephen reside in Humble, Texas.
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