Hospitals are like car dealers. Once you drive into that bay they have to do enough work to cover their overhead.
Not even close.
Hospitals have to do enough tests to protect themselves, and counter the millions upon millions of dollars they lose every year to frivolous lawsuits.
Do some serious medical tort reform like the President has been pushing, and hospitals will no longer have to do this, and health care costs will plummet..
"Hospitals are like car dealers. Once you drive into that bay they have to do enough work to cover their overhead."
Based on my experience this is NOT true. Most hospitals are more than anxious to kick you out ASAP.
More often than not, they discharge people too soon rather than too late. I'm in favor of discharging as early as possible, the hospital atmosphere isn't the best; but often they'll discharge to go home before any proper discharge plan for ongoing needed health care regimen has been established.
Obviously this guy was kept longer than you or I would have been. Two reasons, and only one is because he was shot by the V-P. The other is that he is a very high mucky-muck in political circles in TX in his own right. And rich.
And it is a good thing he was kept. It may not be, as some of you are claiming, a "REAL" heart attack. Maybe it was "just" the onset of atrial fibrillation like one of you said.
There is no good place for a 78 year old guy who has already suffered trauma to have atrial fibrillation; but a hospital is a better place than anywhere else. It was a good thing he was already there.
I have a 73 year old friend who had bypass surgery a couple of years ago who went into atrial fibrillation recently at home. Luckily, we got him to ER by that time he was racing at 240-300 BPM. Luckily it was before the current blizzard hit so we were able to move quickly; or I think he'd be dead.