So Much for World-Class Service
The article about Cleveland Clinic's plans to close the Huron Level II trauma center was very disturbing ["Sorry, We're Closed," December 1, 2010]. Since the Clinic tried "to keep secret a decision that potentially affects all Clevelanders" and did not discuss it with first responders, this shows that other issues were involved.
All hospitals are required by federal law to provide free care to people at the poverty level or without insurance. And they are only reimbursed up to a certain amount. Since Huron Hospital serves the residents of the east side wards, where many trauma care patients do not have health insurance, it would seem that Huron does not want to provide its "World Class Service" to patients who cannot pay.
We must not give up. Together, we must unite and stand as one in our fight to save the Huron trauma center.
The War Zone's Always Hiring
Doctors can work where they want to, and none of them want to work at Huron. That's the issue. The trauma center can stay open, but what good is it if it isn't staffed? If doctors wanted to work in a war zone, they would be in the army.
It's the Clinic's World
What people fail to realize is this: Cleveland Clinic is a private hospital and can choose whatever location it likes. The fact of the matter remains that inner-city people, regardless of color, are less likely to pay their bills and be responsible — not all, but some. The Clinic is a business, and this is strictly a financial decision.
A Voice From the Suburbs
What I don't understand is how these residents think they are entitled to this level of hospital access. They have had it, but that does not mean it is a level that can or should be guaranteed. If you live in the eastern suburbs or the western suburbs, you don't expect that kind of turn-around. And while we may not get shot at the same rate, we certainly have as many potentially fatal accidents.
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