Monday, November 01, 2010
BLOGSCAN: Florida Doctors Endorse Ex- Columbia/ HCA CEO for Governor
Rick Scott was the CEO of for-profit hospital chain Columbia/ HCA. The company ended up settling civil and criminal charges for $1.7 billion. Like many other examples in the march of legal settlements about which we have often posted, no individual who authorized, directed, or implemented the relevant bad behavior suffered any sort of negative consequence or paid any penalty. Rick Scott left the company, but with a golden parachute. Now he his running for Governor of Florida, using a substantial amount of his own money (but money that probably mostly came from Columbia / HCA). (See post here.) He may be in the lead. And the Florida Medical Association has just endorsed him. In the Health Beat blog, Maggie Mahar is all over this story. Read it and weep. Remember another good reason for the people who lead health care organizations to be truly accountable for their actions.