I believe that the assembly has already passed a resolution in early 2011 supporting the expansion of another private medical clinic in Kenai who already competes with Central Peninsula Hospital so why would they introduce a resolution that opposes a private entity that will lower the costs of outpatient surgeries to their constituents? While I am not opposed to this clinic, the Kenaitze Tribe received a supporting resolution from the assembly for their 50,000 square foot wellness clinic which currently provides the same services that CPH provides through their hospital-owned medical practices, lab, x-ray and substance abuse departments with plans to expand services such as physical therapy that will compete directly with CPH. Their clinic bills private insurers such as Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross, Aetna and other insurers which means that those “insured” patients are not using the services of CPH. This clinic is considering the ability to see all types of patients (native and non-native alike) once they have the additional space that their new facility will provide.
If the borough was so concerned about competition and the impact on its “treasure,” why did they pass this resolution supporting the tribe in its expansion knowing that it would be competing with the hospital and taking away potential patients? I support Kahtnu’s proposal to build an ambulatory surgery center that will provide all of the residents of the Peninsula with another lower cost, health care option. The scare tactics that CPH is employing do not seem to be well founded and they have yet to show me anything other than conjecture. Members of the assembly, I urge you to do your homework and reconsider your willingness to use your position to oppose free enterprise.