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Dr. Scott Jensen, a Minnesota family doctor who is also a Republican state senator, told The Ingraham Angle on Wednesday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for doctors to certify if a patient who died from a coronavirus are “ridiculous” “and could mislead the public.
Host Laura Ingraham read Jensen’s guidelines, which say, “In cases where a definitive diagnosis of COVID cannot be made but is suspected or likely (for example, the circumstances are convincing with a reasonable degree of certainty), it is acceptable to report COVID-19 on a “probable” or “presumed” death certificate. “
In response, Jensen told Ingraham that the CDC death certificate manual tells doctors to focus on “accuracy and specificity,” but the coronavirus death certification guidelines go completely against this axiom. .
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“The idea that we’re going to allow people to massage and sort numbers is a real problem because we’re going to undermine the [public] confidence, “he said. And right now, when we see politicians doing things that aren’t necessarily driven by fact and science, their trust in politicians is already wearing out. “
Jensen gave a hypothetical example of a patient who died while suffering from the flu. If the patient was elderly and had symptoms such as fever and cough a few days before his death, the doctor explained that he would have listed “respiratory arrest” as the leading cause of death.
“I have never been encouraged to [notate ‘influenza’] “, he said. I would probably write “respiratory arrest” to be the first line, and the underlying cause of this disease would be pneumonia … I might put emphysema or congestive heart failure, but I would never give birth influenza as the underlying cause of death and yet that is what we are asked to do here. “
Jensen then told Ingraham that under CDC guidelines, a patient who died after being struck by a bus and tested positive for the coronavirus would be listed as presumed to have died of the virus, regardless of the damage caused by the bus.
“It makes no sense,” he said.
Jensen also reacted to Dr. Anthony Fauci’s response to a question on the potential for “cushioning” in the number of coronavirus deaths, in which the director of NIAID described the prevalence of “conspiracy theories” during “difficult times” public health.
“I remind him that every time health care cuts dollars it gets annoying,” said Jensen.
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“Right now Medicare has determined that if you are admitted to COVID-19 hospital, you will be paid $ 13,000. If this COVID-19 patient is on ventilation, you get $ 39,000, three times more. No one can tell me, after 35 years in the medical world, that sometimes these kinds of things [have] impact what we do.
“Some doctors really have a public health bias and they will reduce the flu or whatever it is because it is their preference,” added Jensen. “I try to stay very precise, very precise. If I know I have pneumonia, this is what happens on the death certificate. I’m not going to add stuff just because it’s practical. “