Melbourne Peta Hickey Priority Health Care Solutions Cardiac Health Assessment ...

Melbourne Peta Hickey Priority Health Care Solutions Cardiac Health Assessment ...
Melbourne Peta Hickey Priority Health Care Solutions Cardiac Health Assessment ...
Shocking findings a mum and successful executive died undergoing heart testing she DIDN'T NEED because her private health fund put 'profits over patients' On May 1 radiologist Dr Gavin Tseng performed Ms Hickey's CT scan Given a contrast dye intravenously and suffered a severe anaphylactic reaction Ms Hickey died in hospital on May 9 despite never requiring the scan  Coroner Simon McGregor said the industry put 'profits over patients' 

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Melbourne mother Peta Hickey died undergoing unnecessary heart testing in a program a coroner has found put profits over patients.

The successful executive with a husband and two young children agreed to undergo a CT scan as part of a privately-funded workplace program to examine the heart health of its senior staff.

Ms Hickey had no medical history of heart concerns and after a fatal allergic reaction to the contrast dye used in the scan, an autopsy found her heart was in perfect health.

Melbourne mother died from a severe allergic reaction to dye when having an unnecessary CT scan (above, unrelated picture of a scan)

Melbourne mother died from a severe allergic reaction to dye when having an unnecessary CT scan (above, unrelated picture of a scan)

"Peta died as a result of substandard clinical judgment from doctors at the beginning and end of this program, combined with a misalignment of incentives amongst the various business entities that facilitated the process," coroner Simon McGregor said in findings handed down on Monday.

"It may be somewhat of an oversimplification but the snapshot provided by this inquest has revealed an industry putting profits over patients."

Labour hire firm Programmed had sought a provider for medical assessments for a heart health program from Priority Health Care Solutions in mid-2018.

Priority outsourced "bulk medical

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