New CDC data shows that hospitals counted heart attacks as COVID-19 deaths; CDC counts over 51,0000 patients actually died from heart attacks instead of COVID-19
Back in August, we wrote about the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) after the agency reported its updated provisional death counts for the reporting period 2/1/2020 through 8/22/2020. According to the stats, CDC said that only 6% of the 153,504 US deaths are related to COVID-19 only.
The other 94% had, on average, 2+ pre-existing conditions or causes per death. In other words, 94% of Americans who died from COVID-19 had other “types of health conditions and contributing causes” in addition to the virus, CDC said in the new report. Nearly 60% of all deaths were over 75 years of age.
To date, the U.S. has recorded 226,524 COVID-19 deaths, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University. However, that number may not tell the whole story. According to the new CDC data collected from hospitals across the country for the period ending October 21, CDC found that over 51,0000 patients actually died from heart attacks instead of COVID-19. CDC data reveals that hospitals have been counting patients who died from serious preexisting conditions as COVID-19 deaths.
The overreporting by the hospitals may be due in part to incentives the hospitals receive for treating COVID-19 patients. Medicare is paying a 20 percent add-on to its regular hospital payments for the treatment of COVID-19 victims. For example, If a patient has coronavirus in their diagnosis, whether they were hospitalized for COVID-19 or not, the reporting hospital receives a reimbursement of $13,000 — and an extra $39,000 if the patient is put on a ventilator.
According to the latest CDC data, about 10,000 patients actually died of COVID-19 as the sole cause of their deaths.
Below is a video analysis of the CDC data, courtesy of OANN.