In last Sunday’s Last Week Tonight episode, John Oliver presented an extensive exposé on all the problems with one of the biggest dialysis providers in the country, DaVita. A couple of days after the former Daily Show correspondent listed all the irregularities and illegalities behind the DaVita family, a group of former employees sued the company.
Is John Oliver the Hero the US Deserves?
While he may be sporting a suit and tie instead of a full Batman attire, John Oliver is striving to fight evil, be it of political or economic nature. During his latest episode, the British comedian talked about dialysis, the only free health care service in the United States.
According to federal law, the state is obligated to provide free dialysis to all its citizens. Naturally, a plethora of companies privatized the service, earning good money while providing minimum services to sick people. Unfortunately, in the case of DaVita, their clinics often provided less than the minimum required.
Latest DaVita Lawsuit Focuses on Subpar Services
Ken Thiry, the CEO of DaVita, is considered a business genius, the company being close to insolvency when he took the position. Now, DaVita is one of the main private dialysis providers in the United States. How did he manage to revolutionize the field? By looking at the business like it was a Taco Bell, or so he declared during a speech.
Understaffed clinics had to rotate patients like on a conveyor band. According to a former employee, sometimes nurses had less than 10 minutes to sterilize a dialysis machine before the next patient was hooked up. Even more, DaVita counselors deceived patients into believing that dialysis is as efficient as kidney transplants in order to convince them to continue using their services.
Now, thanks to John Oliver’s exposé, more former employees are speaking out, suing the company for wrongfully handling patients, endangering their lives. They are also claiming that DaVita clinics are severely understaffed, putting additional strain on both nurses and patients.
Seeing as Thiry has made a habit out of paying over a billion dollars in settlements, some believe that this new DaVita lawsuit will end just like all the other, with the company settling out of court to not risk losing their governmental contracts.