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Hospital incentive to bury mistakes must be rectified
San Francisco Chronicle

A child checks into the hospital and something goes terribly wrong. Within the first few days, the family is given a grim prognosis and pressured to turn off life support. This happens more often than you think in California hospitals, not just to 13-year-olds like Jahi McMath, but in circumstances that are far closer calls. What the vulnerable families in these cases don’t know is that hospitals in California have an economic incentive to encourage families to pull the plug.