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Local officials need to address hospital issues

Posted: May 12, 2008 2:46 a.m.
Updated: July 12, 2008 5:04 a.m.
 
To The Editor:

On a recent Wednesday at about 4:30 a.m., an extreme dizziness overcame me, and it was all I could do to make it back to bed.

I called a neighbor, Charlie, who offered to drive me to the hospital.

At the ER they did tests and kept me under surveillance until approximately 1 p.m.

I was released then because they did not find anything wrong. I had a prescription for dizziness and instructions to see my family doctor for further evaluation.

Charlie stayed right with me through the whole time and drove me home. Great neighbor.

My intention writing this narrative was not to appeal to your sympathy, but rather to tell you what I have to say further.

A remark to me by an ER staff member was, and I quote, "Boy, are you lucky. If you had come in an hour later you wouldn't have gotten the quick attention you did. It would have been extremely busy."

I knew he was referring to the illegals coming in. So the next time my doctor came in I told him one of my pet peeves. I told him that because of all the ERs closing down and because you can't run a business when so many people come in and don't pay for the services rendered, some seniors in an acute life-threatening situation will have to be transported to an ER at a greater distance. This could cost some of those seniors their lives.

The doc's answer was, and I quote, "You won't get any disagreement on that from anyone in this ER."

So my personal ER experience backs up my previous feelings.

I would guess that most ERs are operating at a loss, and the loss is made up by:

- What is earned in the rest of the hospital?

- What assistance the hospitals are getting from the government, or other sources, to keep the hospital afloat?

Our government officials are not doing anything to stop this problem, and they are your representatives.

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