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CPGH threatens to increase my taxes?

Posted: January 20, 2012 - 8:35am

Since when, Ms. Hartman, does CPGH have the power to “reinstate a mill levy on service area residents” as presented in the draft resolution that was made available at the Soldotna Council meeting last week? Last I looked these powers rested with the borough assembly. Ms. Hartman, Soldotna City Council, aka employee of CPH, is listed as the sponsor of the resolution which as I understand was to be a lay-down resolution without public notice opposing Kahtnu’s proposal to build a much needed ambulatory surgery center. Since when does an option for lower costs “lead to the loss of community health services for the underinsured” as stated in her resolution? It seems to me that a facility that has indicated that they would provide outpatient services at a lower cost would allow more underinsured patients to seek services locally.

Fairbanks Memorial used the same threats that CHP has chosen to use (increased taxes, reduced services and lay-offs) and yet as I understand it none of this has happened. The actual financial impact on Fairbanks Memorial Hospital when faced with a new ambulatory surgery center two years ago was minimal and both institutions appear to be doing well despite the doom and gloom that was predicted by the hospital. I would suggest that both the borough assembly and council members do their research prior to even considering a resolution that opposes free enterprise as I believe that each group is supposed to represent all of their constituents and not just their own special interest.

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Suss
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Suss 01/20/12 - 01:42 pm
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Soldotna City Ethics

Hartman exceeds the reported $500.00 threshold for a conflict of interest with what, 10- 15 hours overtime, Dr. Anderson, one procedure? The false allegations in the numerous "whereas' " are laughable if not for being practically libelous. I do not believe the City of Soldotna studied nor proved up the allegations in this last minute "laydown" resolution. It was sad day for open, honest and thoughtful representation of the people. I understand voting your "paycheck", but please be real to the people you serve, many may need an alternative surgical choice for no other reason than financial necessity. Four members of the City Council have ties to CPH; the vote was 4 to 2. Thank you Mr. Fisher and Ms. Daniels for not being led.

Allen
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Allen 01/20/12 - 03:30 pm
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What's Your Agenda?

I'd like to know what Tom O'Connell's agenda is, because his "attack dog" letters and comments go way off the deep end. Is he a relative or employee of one of the surgeons or something?

These angry attacks on Hospital board members, Hospital employees, city council and borough assembly members don't convince me in favor of the Kahtnu project. Just the opposite.

O'Connell claims the surgery center is "much needed" but I haven't seen any facts or figures that show that. Let's see some real data.

Raoulduke
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Raoulduke 01/20/12 - 05:01 pm
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Umm!

Ethic's in politic's.A very interesting concept.

sparky
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sparky 01/20/12 - 06:02 pm
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AGREE WITH TOM O'CONNELL

Well written ! I like the title,also.I recall reading an article,during the time when there was a consideration of selling CPGH.The article addressed the salary of their CEO (RS).I think it was about $300,000.00.That,s almost a Million $$ in 3 years.If the current CEO is being paid the same,they might have to raise our taxes.

akal
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akal 01/21/12 - 08:11 am
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agreed

I agree with Tom, also we need choice, I have at least 2 things that need surgery , alas the cost is too high here, I could go to Costa Rico where US trained doctors will do the job for a fraction of what it costs here, also this (not for profit) hospital is over charging on everything.when people make six figures they place themselves out of affordability for most of us. how many people have gone bankrupt because a medical procedure was way to high? the fact we have to pay tax to support this ripoff hospital really makes me upset, many companies claim to be non profit but pay the executives high six figure pay (Hea). this is just more smoke and mirrors, these people are just greedy.competition works to bring prices inline, this so called certificate of need is hogwash ,it just keeps the high prices in place.we have a health care crisis in this country and this kind of situation is a big part of why it is happening.

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corinnep 01/23/12 - 10:13 pm
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certificate of need protects small communities

I disagree with Tom O'Connell. The certificate of need process helps small communities like ours be able to have a hospital in the first place, and protects community hospitals against unfair competition like the Kahtnu project. The Kahtnu doctors used our hospital to hone their skills and build their practices, at our taxpayer expense, now they want to take away the hospital patients.

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spwright 01/24/12 - 08:30 am
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Business 101 1/24/12

Tue 1/24/12 Business 101 :
IF You upset Your PAYING CUSTOMERS then those PAYING CUSTOMERS will TAKE THEIR BUSINESS ELSEWHERE.

Once again for the 100th time. Our Local Hospital CHARGES TOO MUCH $$ FOR THE SERVICES PROVIDED.

Why is it that a Paying Customer does NOT take their Vehicle to the Local Car Dealership for auto repairs ?
Cause it Cost Too Much at the Local Car Dealership !
Same thing applies to Our Local Hospital.

Now you can Rant & Rave about just how Great Our Little Hospital. But it doesn't change the Fact that Paying Customers will Take Their Business Elsewhere when You are Charging Too Much.It's that Simple.
SPW in Sloooooooowdotna

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