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Michael Schiavo lawyer on board of directors of Terri’s hospice
CFP ^ | March 25, 2005 | Judi McLeod

Posted on 03/26/2005 8:39:12 AM PST by MikeEdwards

Tragic that some of the most compelling facts in the Terri Schiavo case didn’t emerge before she reached death’s door.

While the mainline media was probing whether the world’s most famous hospice victim had really told husband Michael she would not want to live in a persistent vegetative state, it completely missed the ties of Michael Schiavo’s lawyer to the very hospice where the life-and-death drama played out.

See The Proof Today! From February 13, 1997 to about April 26, 2001 Attorney George Filos was listed as a member of the Board of Directors for "The Hospice of the Florida Suncoast" on the non-profit’s annual reports.

Suncoast operates the hospice where Terri Schiavo has been held.

One doesn’t have to rely on the annual reports of the hospice where Terri Schiavo was left to die for proof of Filos’ board membership. It is stated in the author’s description in the George Filos book, Litigation as Spiritual Practice.

It was in the summer of 1998 when Filos filed the first lawsuit to withdraw food and water from the disabled Terri Schiavo.

The chronology of events is as follows: "Filos becomes Michael Shiavo’s lawyer and files the petition. Then the law in Tallahassee gets changed. The Schiavo case gets heard. In that order." (The David Allen Show).

Surely it’s important to look at who lobbied for changing the law on the books to make food and water be defined as "artificial" life support.

In 1999, House Bill 2131 was introduced for the Florida Elder Affairs and Long-Term Care Committee.

Representative Gus Michael Bilirakis, who also lists himself on the Suncoast Hospice Board of Directors, lobbied on Bill 2131.

It is difficult to understand why the mainline media did not bring these facts before the public in reporting . . . .

(Excerpt) Read more at canadafreepress.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption
KEYWORDS: board; directors; florida; georgefilos; hospice; lawyer; michael; schiavo; suncoast; terri; terrischiavo
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1 posted on 03/26/2005 8:39:12 AM PST by MikeEdwards
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To: MikeEdwards

Roosters guarding the henhouse.


2 posted on 03/26/2005 8:43:38 AM PST by YCTHouston (Come and take it.)
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To: MikeEdwards
It is difficult to understand why the mainline media did not bring these facts before the public in reporting . . . .

It's easy to understand. There's no effort involved in simply asking one side for their story and reporting it as objective truth.

3 posted on 03/26/2005 8:44:25 AM PST by thoughtomator
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To: MikeEdwards
I'm thinking that anyone who calls for the removal of feeding tubes of very much alive disabled, aged, infirmed persons, must undergoe starvation so that they know what their death order feels like, just to make sure it is as euphoric, painless, and such a peaceful and dignified way to die.

So we can all be clear as to what may be in store for the huge aging baby boomer population when Mrs. Clinton reinvents her national health mal-care policy.

4 posted on 03/26/2005 8:53:35 AM PST by harpo11 (Starvation--Democrats Solution to the Aging Baby Boomer Crisis--Terri is the First Boomer toDie)
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To: MikeEdwards

To be in hospice LEGALLY, you must be within 6 MONTHS of dying....Terri has been in hospice for over 5 YEARS!! This needs to be investigated as to why she has been there with no music, no sunlight for 5 years.


5 posted on 03/26/2005 8:57:29 AM PST by Suzy Quzy
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To: harpo11

Hitlery's Law: Once you quit paying taxes, you are TOAST.


6 posted on 03/26/2005 9:00:05 AM PST by unkus
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To: MikeEdwards
Tragic that some of the most compelling facts in the Terri Schiavo case didn’t emerge before she reached death’s door. It is difficult to understand why the mainline media did not bring these facts before the public in reporting . .

Say what? What is your point? Felos is on the Board of the Hospice. I've known that for at least six months, maybe a year. Sorry you didnt. But of what importance is that? It may have gotten her space in the hospice and it may have gotten the preferential treatment she is getting (hospice has not been charging for her care recently). So what is your point? Why should we be freaked out by Felos membership on the Board?

As for Bilirakis? What is your problem with him? He's the same guy that wrote the Nobel nomination for your doctor Hemmelbracdfdfdf. Cant have it both ways.

7 posted on 03/26/2005 9:00:36 AM PST by Dave S
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To: Suzy Quzy
To be in hospice LEGALLY, you must be within 6 MONTHS of dying

According to some state law or according to the policy of the hospice?

8 posted on 03/26/2005 9:02:05 AM PST by Dave S
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To: Suzy Quzy

Here's a link to the story about the possible Medicaid/Medicare fraud investigation.

http://www.theempirejournal.com/03080534_medicaid_medicare_fraud.htm


9 posted on 03/26/2005 9:04:50 AM PST by Texas Deb
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To: MikeEdwards

what irony?!
filos means 'friend' in greek,
with friends like that, who needs enemies!
hope that this malaka gets taken from behind
by a turk in a dark alley ;-)


10 posted on 03/26/2005 9:08:55 AM PST by ColdWarNavyVet_dirsup (it wasn't cold... 'specially not below the line of death ;-))
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To: MikeEdwards
St Petersburg Times: May 25 2001, Sharon Tubbs

This article on Felos is very revealing as to the nature of his "spirituality" and his former clients.

In a book he has written, "LAW AS SPIRITUAL PRACTICE" he does not mention Schiavo but says, according to the article, that he wants to start a book as soon as the case is over.

www.sptimes.com/News/052501/news_pf_Floridian/The_spirit-and-the-la.shtml

11 posted on 03/26/2005 9:11:40 AM PST by codder too
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To: Dave S

"Say what? What is your point?"

You're not dealing with rational people. Any "connection" proves their position, even ones that do the opposite.

The interest of the hospice/hospital is to milk the patient as long as there is money/insurance to pay. She's got money.


12 posted on 03/26/2005 11:06:05 AM PST by Shermy
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To: unkus

Sad isn't it. She'd get her gal pal, Reno, to come burn down our homes with her goon tank battalions.


13 posted on 03/26/2005 3:35:24 PM PST by harpo11
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To: Dave S; MikeEdwards; Shermy; sweetliberty; EternalVigilance; floriduh voter; KDubRN; nicmarlo; ...
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I am following up on loose ends, and I came across some sloppy Terri information posted by you [Dave S] on an old thread. I don't mean to harrass you, but to just correct the record now that cooler heads can review her case...
In response to MikeEdwards saying: You then said:


Well, actually, Dr. Hammesfahr was nominated by Congressman Michael Bilirakis, who CHAIRed (at that time) the U.S. House of Representatives' Subcommitte on Health and Environment. The committee was split up since then, and Congressman Bilirakis NOW chairs the U.S. House "Subcommittee on Health". He has been an elected U.S. Representative since 1982.
Note his spelling: Michael Bilirakis,

Now for the third doctor, and according to Greer the 3-out-of-5 tie-breaking opinion, that the judge singled out to condemn Terri with her "PVS label"...
His name was Dr. Peter Bambakidis Note, they are NOT the same person!

I won't say too much about your claims that Terri-supporters are paranoid about hospice BOARD Members... Let's just say it is reasonable for Terri-supporters to believe hospice Board Members are Euthanasia "friendly".

And you did NOT point this out, but lawyer George Felos was MORE than just 'on the board' of Terri's hospice. He was the CHAIRMAN of the Board of that hospice at the time Terri was admitted there in 2000. THAT seems like a significant conflict of interest if nothing else. The two doctors who admitted her, drew their paychecks from, and kept their jobs at the whim of George Felos.

One of them never even signed her admittance form (a federal violation) and later disavowed under oath what someone else typed next to his name on that form. [that she was terminal with less than 6 months to live - a requirement for federal funding]

Medicaid paid her bills there, which means nearly all of Terri's money had to be 'pre-sheltered' from Medicaid's accounting, something Felos apparently accomplished between 1998 and 2000. Also see Dirty Tricks of Guardians #6 and #9 in particular.

If that weren't enough, Terri-supporters believe there was a prior personal relationship with Dr. Peter Bambakidis, or the Bambakidis family and George Felos before he was assigned by Judge Greer to determine Terri's PVS state. Briefly: Felos' literature lists him as a member of the AHEPA fraternal society, and Dr. Bambakidis' older brother Gust Bambakidis is also a member of the same AHEPA society. Gust says he did not know George Felos. George Felos refuses to answer if he had prior knowledge of anyone in the Bambakidis family.

I have verified this much myself... that the family name Bambakidis is EXTREMELY rare in the United States. There are only TWO Bambakidis males in this country between ages 40 to 80. Dr. Peter Bambakidis and Gust Bambakidis. They lived in several of the same towns, and it does appear they are brothers. (as Gus already confirmed that they are.) I don't know if there was a Felos-Bambakidis prior relationship, but it certainly HAS appeared like Greer has been overly prone to suggestions from Felos over the years.

I have also found that Mr. Chris P. Felos (not George's son) is an officer (chapter secretary) of an AHEPA chapter in Florida, and Gust Bambakidis is a officer (chapter VP of Education) of an AHEPA chapter in Ohio. Geoge Felos has only one son named Alexander, and Chris P. Felos is 10 years younger than George Felos. I don't know yet if they are related.

AHEPA has many national projects which could have connected two of its chapter officers. There also was their national convention in early July 2002 in NYC. That was just about the time or shortly before Greer selected P.Bambakidis to diagnose Terri. (P.Bambakidis examined Terri for 30 minutes and filed his report in Mid Sept 2002.)

Shermy: on 3/26 you said this in reply to Dave S:

You still think we're all so irrational?
14 posted on 04/13/2005 6:03:43 AM PDT by Future Useless Eater (FreedomLoving_Engineer) (It was wrong to kill her. No other "facts" matter.-JimRobinson)
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To: Future Useless Eater
I hadn't seen the proof that Hammesfahr was nominated to the Nobel committee.

Thanks for providing the link!!

15 posted on 04/13/2005 6:47:20 AM PDT by syriacus (Weird George Felos repeatedly flicked his tongue out his gaping mouth when lying to the press 3/31)
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To: Future Useless Eater
Excellent post! This thread gets bookmarked for that alone.
16 posted on 04/13/2005 6:57:49 AM PDT by TigersEye (Are your parents Pro-Choice? I guess you got lucky! ... Is your spouse?)
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To: Future Useless Eater
Man! Can you make a flow chart?

I'd settle for a list of people who were ever on the board of the Hospice of the Florida Suncoast who are tied to this case.

17 posted on 04/13/2005 7:00:17 AM PDT by AmishDude (Join the AmishDude fan club: "You are a wise man." -- Torie; "You rock!" -- TonyRo76)
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To: Dave S

According to the feds who pay the bills.


18 posted on 04/13/2005 7:02:04 AM PDT by cajungirl (no)
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To: thoughtomator
It's easy to understand. There's no effort involved in simply asking one side for their story and reporting it as objective truth.

You let the Old Media, the MSM, off too easy. It takes more than laziness to explain their one-sided highly distorted POV on Terri Schindler. They were forwarded mountains of information to support Terri going back at least two years. It also must take a little effort to find 'experts' to come on the boob tube and claim with a straight face that starving and dehydrating to death is "euphoric and blissful."

19 posted on 04/13/2005 7:06:12 AM PDT by TigersEye (Are your parents Pro-Choice? I guess you got lucky! ... Is your spouse?)
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To: Suzy Quzy
This needs to be investigated as to why she has been there with no music, no sunlight for 5 years.

She was "legally terminal" when she was admitted. The prognosis of terminal was based on a scheduled natural death by dehydration.

That legal mechanism appears to be the rule for the medical/hospice professions. Obviously, easiest to carry out on people who can't speak up to defend themselves, and an inability to speak up can be created with medication.

20 posted on 04/13/2005 7:09:47 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: cajungirl

What are you saying? Are you suggesting that the FEDERAL program called Medicaid is overseen by FEDERAL regulations and backed up by FEDERAL laws that have the power of FEDERAL enforcement to prosecute violaters in FEDERAL courts and put them in FEDERAL prisons? /sarcasm


21 posted on 04/13/2005 7:16:07 AM PDT by TigersEye (Are your parents Pro-Choice? I guess you got lucky! ... Is your spouse?)
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To: TigersEye

What is your point?

I was pointing out most in hospice are covered by medicare and it pays the bills. I guess medicaid does too.


22 posted on 04/13/2005 7:26:09 AM PDT by cajungirl (no)
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To: Suzy Quzy
This sure needs to be investigated. And so do all the conflict of interest cases. And Jeb Bush and others who could have but would not save Terri need to be reminded continually of her.

The conflict of interest involved in killing Terri is getting so complicated that charts will be needed.

23 posted on 04/13/2005 7:58:19 AM PDT by Dante3
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To: Future Useless Eater
http://www.hospicepatients.org/hosp-fl-suncoast-shame/hosp-fl-suncoast-entrypage.html

"a hospice that was convicted by the US Justice Dept. of bilking Medicare to the tune of many millions of dollars and did it under the watch of C.E.O. Mary Labyak and Chairman of the Board (at the time) George Felos (Michael Schiavo's right-to-kill agenda attorney)"

***************************http://www.theempirejournal.com/0311051_schiavo_attorney_felos_n.htm "George Felos also forgot to tell the court that at the time that Terri Schiavo was unlawfully entered into the Hospice of Florida Suncoast Inc. that the federal government was actively trying to recover nearly $15 million paid to the corporation in a fraudulent Medicare payments because patients certified as terminally ill were not in fact terminally ill and ineligible to be admitted to the Hospice under Medicare."

24 posted on 04/13/2005 8:48:37 AM PDT by mommadooo3
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To: Future Useless Eater

Please take me off this bump list now. I never signed up.


25 posted on 04/13/2005 9:05:06 AM PDT by KC_Conspirator (This space outsourced to India)
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To: Future Useless Eater

Great synopsis, FUE!


26 posted on 04/13/2005 9:43:58 AM PDT by Ohioan from Florida (The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.- Edmund Burke)
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To: KC_Conspirator

lol...tsk tsk!


27 posted on 04/13/2005 9:59:37 AM PDT by Republic (Our Father in Heaven touched the Pope, who KNEW of Terri, Terri got her mass, VATICAN STYLE!)
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To: Cboldt
She was "legally terminal" when she was admitted. The prognosis of terminal was based on a scheduled natural death by dehydration.

Oh my gosh. I that horrific or what?

Is this your interpretation of how hospice's now take in non terminally ill or is this a fact, written somewhere? I thought in Florida is was the law, now, that if someone who is mentally disabled shows NO SIGNS of improvement (even tho they may have not had access to therapy or new testing in TEN YEARS...as was Terri's plight) then they could go ahead and STARVE AND DEHYDRATE that person to death...

28 posted on 04/13/2005 10:03:24 AM PDT by Republic (Our Father in Heaven touched the Pope, who KNEW of Terri, Terri got her mass, VATICAN STYLE!)
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To: Future Useless Eater

BUMP and thank you.


29 posted on 04/13/2005 10:06:07 AM PDT by k2blader (Immorality bites.)
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To: MikeEdwards

talk about CONFLICT OF INTEREST!!! This whole case just STINKS!!!!!!!!


30 posted on 04/13/2005 10:06:59 AM PDT by pollywog (Psalm 121;1 I Lift my eyes to the hills from whence cometh my help.)
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To: All
One good thing that has happened.

The Schindlers can stand in the light, evidenced by the beautiful service held in Jacksonville for them....a link to this story on the Teresa Marie Schindler thread...and face the American public with their heads high, knowing they worked their hearts out to save their daughter from an unnecessary death of starvation and dehydration.>

Michael has to hide. As does his wife and felos and mary labyak and all of the death mongors who killed Terri.

The FREEDOM that michael schiavo, Mr. 666, Mr. Cruel, Mr. Sadist, Mr. controller, Mr. 'coward' LEVELED upon TERRI for so many long and suffering years.....NOW HAS TO LIVE THE SAME WAY HE ORDERED TERRI TO LIVE.

That is a justice earned and being delivered now.

31 posted on 04/13/2005 10:07:55 AM PDT by Republic (Our Father in Heaven touched the Pope, who KNEW of Terri, Terri got her mass, VATICAN STYLE!)
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To: MikeEdwards

God help us all.


32 posted on 04/13/2005 10:10:17 AM PDT by Saundra Duffy (Rest in Peace, Theresa Marie SCHINDLER - IMPEACH JUDGE GREER!!!!!!!)
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To: pollywog
Regarding CONFLICT OF INTEREST!!! This whole case STINKS!!!!

Throw that Senator King into the mix and the stench gets even stronger.

33 posted on 04/13/2005 10:11:32 AM PDT by tertiary01 (How many highly paid "professionals" did it take to kill a powerless disabled dependent woman?)
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To: Republic
All---

There is another freak who has tried to do what michael did to Terri...with circumstances very different, but which prove living wills hold no water...LITERALLY.

Go to this thread...running now...and meet another monster.

" Closest kin prevented from visiting 'grandma' (Mae Magouirk) "

The Hospice Foundation of America needs to be investigated.......NOW!

34 posted on 04/13/2005 10:11:32 AM PDT by Republic (Our Father in Heaven touched the Pope, who KNEW of Terri, Terri got her mass, VATICAN STYLE!)
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To: MikeEdwards

Rats are known to hang out together, so this is no surprise.


35 posted on 04/13/2005 10:13:23 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: Dave S
"Why should we be freaked out by Felos membership on the Board?"

Conflict of interest.

36 posted on 04/13/2005 10:14:45 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: MEGoody

COnflict of interest with whom? And how does it affect the case? He is already an advocate for Michael and his determination to see his wife die, so how does being on the board of the hospice affect anything?


37 posted on 04/13/2005 10:25:44 AM PDT by Dave S
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To: Future Useless Eater

I read on the Internet (briefly) that Greer's wife is also on the board of directors of the hospice. I only saw it once. Is that true?

Thanks for sharing your research information.


38 posted on 04/13/2005 10:28:16 AM PDT by rimtop56
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To: Future Useless Eater
Thank you for the info.

Also I read somewhere that Felos was not his original last name.

I think someone was quoting from his book.

39 posted on 04/13/2005 10:37:14 AM PDT by tertiary01 (How many highly paid "professionals" did it take to kill a powerless disabled dependent woman?)
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To: Republic
Is this your interpretation of how hospice's now take in non terminally ill or is this a fact, written somewhere?

It's "written" on a case-by-case basis. If a doctor certifies the patient as terminal (and that determination can be due solely to a decision to withhold food and water, with no underlying medical condition such as cancer or disease), the patient is admissible to hospice, and the hospice is eligible for federal monies.

I thought in Florida is was the law, now, that if someone who is mentally disabled shows NO SIGNS of improvement (even tho they may have not had access to therapy or new testing in TEN YEARS...as was Terri's plight) then they could go ahead and STARVE AND DEHYDRATE that person to death...

Same thing. The patient would live for an indefinite period if fed, but is deemed to be legally terminal by the decision to withhold food and water.

40 posted on 04/13/2005 10:42:29 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: Cboldt

This is genuinely horrifying. This is 'Hitlerian', nazi Germany style, deja vu and all that rot. This has to stop. NOW! This is euthanasia. Period.


41 posted on 04/13/2005 10:45:17 AM PDT by Republic (Our Father in Heaven touched the Pope, who KNEW of Terri, Terri got her mass, VATICAN STYLE!)
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To: syriacus

I hate to burst your bubble, but the right honorable gentleman is not eligible to nominate Dr. Hammesfahr for a Nobel. So his letter is exactly equal to no letter at all, as far a the Nobel Prize is concerned.


42 posted on 04/13/2005 10:51:11 AM PDT by lugsoul (Wild Turkey)
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To: Republic

Have you heard about the group that is making news today for having inserted feeding tubes into starving dolphins in the FL Keys? This occurred a couple of weeks ago.


43 posted on 04/13/2005 11:10:24 AM PDT by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL (Do not feed the trolls. Keep windows closed at all times while inside the park.)
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To: Future Useless Eater

Nicely said!!


44 posted on 04/13/2005 11:18:47 AM PDT by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL (Do not feed the trolls. Keep windows closed at all times while inside the park.)
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To: Republic
This is genuinely horrifying. This is 'Hitlerian', nazi Germany style, deja vu and all that rot. This has to stop. NOW! This is euthanasia. Period.

Whatever label you choose to put on it, keep in mind that it is all done with the blessing of the legislature and court systems. "It's legal." It's foolhardy to think that legisltures and courts that sanction this are trustworthy to protect your life.

45 posted on 04/13/2005 11:30:47 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: Cboldt
Actually...the hospice fraud is NOT LEGAL. Mae should have never been there...the HOSPICE had the RESPONSIBILITY to ensure that Mae had received a terminally ill diagnosis BEFORE admitting her...

Hospice is not founded to grant therapy and health giving measures, they are FOUNDED to help terminally ill people DIE NATURALLY and are FORBIDDEN from hastening DEATH!

Read this from our Inspector General:

"Hospice that enrolls Non-Terminal Patients Commits Fraud"

"The United States Office of Inspector General has issued its warning to the public about questionable hospice agency practices and stated that some hospices have been found to engage in, "practices which ... have inappropriately maximized their Medicare reimbursements at beneficiary expense. These practices include: Making incorrect determinations of a person’s life expectancy for purposes of meeting hospice eligibility criteria." A hospice that bills Medicare, Medicaid or a private insurer for a non-terminal patient is violating the contracts which allow hospices to provide services for the terminally ill."

"Hospices are not licensed to care for the chronically ill. In order for a patient to be admitted to hospice, the physician must "certify" that the patient is likely to die within six months due to a terminal illness. Terri Schiavo has no terminal illness; the only cause of death in her case would be her intentional murder by those intent on ending her life."

"Original Hospice Mission Violated"

"The original hospice mission is to care for, support and manage the symptoms of the terminally ill until a death occurs in its own natural timing. Every hospice nurse and physician knows that hospice is supposed to neither hasten death nor seek to cure the terminal illness. Hastening the death of a patient goes against everything hospice stands for. "

"Although Terri Schiavo's case will be decided in a Pinellas County courthouse, any hospice that accepts a chronically ill patient has violated not only the spirit of hospice and the mission of hospice, but the **federal regulations** governing hospice."

"Read the entire article. There's much more:"

"http://www.hospicepatients.org/terri-schiavo-10-12-02-press-rel.html "

Mae and Terri would not have suffered nearly as much as they did, especially Terri, who was actually murdered by a hospice who HASTENED HER DEATH, which is AGAINST the Hospice foundation LAW, had the HOSPICE's involved NOT BROKEN THEIR OWN FOUNDATIONAL LAWS and refused to admit them. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ rules.

46 posted on 04/13/2005 11:42:32 AM PDT by Republic (Our Father in Heaven touched the Pope, who KNEW of Terri, Terri got her mass, VATICAN STYLE!)
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To: Republic

I don't disagree that hospice that runs afoul of Medicare/Medicade regulations runs the ris of forfeiting federal money. But that is the only "illegality," i.e., billing the fedgov on false pretenses. The killing itself is not illegal.


47 posted on 04/13/2005 11:46:05 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: thoughtomator

Not only that, but it points to just how selfish, self aggrandizing, arrogant and intolerant of faith that the major media outlets are and why these questions were never raised.


48 posted on 04/13/2005 11:50:25 AM PDT by goldwater64 (Conservative, Pro-Life, Republican & Catholic)
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To: Dave S

Hospice is truly intended to provide palliative care, not long term nursing needs. Maybe Michael wanted to perhaps deny her the long term care by depriving her of all the care and rehabilitation she needed.


49 posted on 04/13/2005 11:52:14 AM PDT by goldwater64 (Conservative, Pro-Life, Republican & Catholic)
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To: Cboldt
Fact is, the medicare and medicaid fraud only COMES IN TO PLAY when the person trapped in the Hospice is NOT TERMINALLY ILL. Period. And that is against the very foundations of Hospice. Is there ANYONE who disagrees that Terri Schindler Schiavo was not killed? Is there ANYONE who disagrees with the FACT that Terri's DEATH was laid upon her...that SHE WAS NOT DYING....that her DEATH was FORCED UPON HER?

That is the LAW that was BROKEN.

Hospices ARE NOT ALLOWED to accept NON TERMINALLY ILL PEOPLE and hospices are NOT ALLOWED to hasten death.

Terri SUFFERED both of these...and Mae ALMOST did.

50 posted on 04/13/2005 11:52:27 AM PDT by Republic (Our Father in Heaven touched the Pope, who KNEW of Terri, Terri got her mass, VATICAN STYLE!)
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