Yes, I think free enterprise is usually a good thing. However, the new surgical facility will be a ‘for-profit’ facility. The hospital is a ‘non-profit’ facility. I have observed here that profits are reinvested into the hospital to add services, improve services, supply services. In a hospital some departments ... lab, out-patient surgery in our case ... make money. Some of that money supports services here that don’t make any money, or that lose money. Profits in this hospital don’t go into anybody’s pocket.
It is felt that the new facility surely would take away surgeries from the hospital. And how could the new facility always take the Medicare and Medicaid people? They’d likely go broke. But the hospital will continue to take them. They have told the hospital that they will only take surgeries that would not have come here anyway.
But how could that be so? We’re blessed here that we are in a growing area, and our hospital’s smorgasbord of services has expanded and grown with it. I’ve been where hospitals had to struggle. They can’t give anything away. They end up having to take. So, those are the concerns with this new facility going in.