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No problems? Look again



Published: Sun, August 23, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m.

No problems? Look again

EDITOR:

In a letter last Sunday, the writer suggests that readers check the National Coalition on Health Care to learn the truth about U.S. Health Care. Contrary to what the author wrote (“there’s nothing wrong with our health care”), the very same Web site he cites states: “The United States spends the most money on medical care of all advanced industrialized countries, but it performs more poorly than most on many measures of health care quality.” (http://www.nchc.org/facts/quality.shtml)

As to the contention that the hospital costs are increasing due to “paying for the illegals,” only 2 percent of the hospital bill is covering costs for those “illegals” who have no health coverage. Furthermore the rate of uncompensated cost to hospitals (which is passed along to other payers) has remained fairly constant for the past 30 years.

Basing our opinions on facts will help elevate the discussion taking place on the health care reform measures.

BOB ELSTON

New Middletown


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1OldFashionedMama(77 comments)posted 5 years ago

An excellent letter. One wonders why more people do not consider the facts more often. All it takes is a trip to the ER to be reminded of the facts, especially if you are in a large city. When I lived in Phoenix I was sent to the ER in the suburb of Goodyear for pregnancy complications with my second child. The average wait time in a Phoenix hospital is 4 hours. I was "lucky" and only had to wait just about 4 hours until I was seen. People in ER's out there have had heart attacks and died in the waiting room, or end up giving birth in the bathroom or outside on the sidewalk because they are "too busy". "No problems" my behind....

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