Public deserves freedom to choose on surgery center

Finally, someone admits that the not-for-profit Central Peninsula Hosptial actually makes a revenue all on the backs of those of us who have had no choice but to seek over-priced services at their facility as there are no other options on the Peninsula. A friend recently provided a copy of her bill from an outpatient surgery center that was 60 percent less than what I paid for the same surgery at CPH. It's one thing to cover your costs but I consider this highway robbery.

I support Kahtnu Ventures' endeavor to provide an alternative facility for outpatient surgeries, and can only wonder why CPH has chosen not to collaborate with them.  The physicians have indicated in the paper and on the radio that they first approached the hospital prior to seeking a CON (certificate of need) only to be told that they (CPH) could not/would not do it. Kahtnu should be commended for their efforts to bring a lower cost option for outpatient surgeries to the area.

It is disturbing to note that both the borough and the city of Soldotna are considering a resolution opposing this idea without first investigating the real impact.  It is even more disturbing to me that the council member from Soldotna who happens to be employed at CPH was listed as the sponsor of the resolution opposing free enterprise. Whose interest is she really looking out for -- her job or the community she represents?

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