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Um, sounds like some hospitals may see this as a way of generating income?For hospitals in border states, the additional money can mean the difference between running a profitable business or an unprofitable one, said Don May, vice president of policy for the American Hospital Association.
What Ken so eloquently said. (well put, dear boy )KMaurer said:Oh, I definitely believe that health care providers should be paid for doing ther jobs, otherwise my wife wouldn't be bringing in as much money to help support my gun habit. OTOH, when some of them start whining that everybody has to get the best health care regardless of whether or not they can pay for it and whether they're here legally or as a criminal, then I have to believe it's my right to decline to pick up the bill. If they want provide that care out of their own pocket, that's their decision.
In the abstract I can agree with that. My wife jumped through similar hoops, including an internship at Cook County Hospital (before it got cleaned up sufficiently to become the model for ER). I guess where the problems come in is focused in three little words: "should be compensated." Leaving aside for the moment the meaning of "should", we can get right to the first problem: the use of the subjunctive voice. It's all well and good to say that something should be done, but certainly that must means that somebody should do it. Who are we talking about? You? Me? Them? How about the patients? Or the Mexican government? No, the subjunctive seems to be used most frequently as a euphamism for "our government."With the amount of time and money spent learning medecine, I am also of the belief that health care providers should be compensated (and well) for doing their jobs. My sister spent a ridiculous amount of money on loans for her education, and she took jobs at charitable hospitals where she made bargain-basement money because she wanted to help people who needed it most (this with credentials from Duke, UPenn and Temple).
The doctors, IMO, are uninvolved in any of this crap happening between hospitals and the government (except insofar as they want to get paid). The doctors don't make judgement calls on who's "worthy" of treatment, they just treat everyone to the best of their ability and as far as their administration will allow. Expecting doctors to make judgement calls about who to treat or expect them to pay out of their pocket if the person is uninsured (illegal or not) is ridiculous, IMO. For example: I don't make judgement calls about which system to maintain based on the percentage on on-time payments from our clients, I maintain them all and keep the systems available, period. My finance department and management team handle the monetary end and can make calls to suspend access for non-paying customers, but that's out of the scope of my job and shouldn't be part of my daily routine when managing my work (much like billing is out of the scope of a doctor's job).Oh, I definitely believe that health care providers should be paid for doing ther jobs, otherwise my wife wouldn't be bringing in as much money to help support my gun habit.
Business should fend for itself and not seek a governmental bailout everytime they stumble (hello, airline industry?) or fail to keep up. In this case, the hospitals are basically proving to everyone that their revenue loss is directly tied to governmental failure to secure the borders and, therefore, the government is ponying up the dough to keep them happy. Of course, the real problem is that the dough is OUR taxes. I would much rather have that money spent securing the border than shoring up private hospitals taking care of the people who are the very cause of the profit loss (of course, this all falls into a Libertarian mindset where government should be small, frugal and focused on infrastructure and national security). It's ridiculous.For hospitals in border states, the additional money can mean the difference between running a profitable business or an unprofitable one, said Don May, vice president of policy for the American Hospital Association.