An administrator at one of our local hospitals told me that 87 million dollars of their ‘losses’ come from people who come to emergency rooms without insurance or means to pay as well as the legal costs of trying to pursue those who don’t pay.Those of us with money, insurance, and the insurance companies make up for that 87 million.This is an example from only ONE hospital in an area with a population of around 500,000. Every time you pay for a procedure done at a hospital, you are paying the healthcare tax so many complain about. Only those who never go to the hospital escape this tax.Is it time to turn people away if they can’t pay? Shall we cut back on services for the elderly or the very young with chronic conditions? How do we deal with the rising cost of medical services in a way that give access to all without punishing the few?This is an important issue requiring civil debate and respectful consideration, and it demands that each of us contact our legislators to tell them what we think while, at the same time, discussing the alternatives with one another in a way that advances the debate and unites our neighbors.Respectfully,C.
Glenn McCoy and Gary McCoy