Texas Hospital Patient Expelled For Being "Illegal," Uninsured
Here's what we're checking out at Reporting on Health today:
Patient Expelled: In a case that raises ethical issues, a Galveston hospital expelled a patient who was being prepared for surgery because she was in the country illegally, the Houston Chronicle's Harvey Rice reports.
Nip/Tuck: One sign that the economy is rebounding: elective plastic surgery procedures are once again on the rise, reports Angela Haupt for U.S. News and World Report.
Stroke: More people under 50 are being hospitalized for stroke, even as stroke rates in the elderly are declining, according to new research from the CDC, Tara Parker-Pope reports for the New York Times. The Los Angeles Times' Jeannine Stein finds a different story in the CDC data, noting that strokes among Mexican-Americans could more than triple by 2050.
Screening: Common Sense Family Doctor blogger Kenneth Lin examines aggressively marketed "preventive" health screenings that aren't backed by evidence and are a waste of money.