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Ire toward hospital undeserved

Posted: February 24, 2012 - 10:10am

I think I have heard enough of the insults flung at the hospital implying that it somehow is a money hungry savage, stealing our money or "gouging this community." It is not. I have had the unfortunate (unfortunate only in that sickness can never be classified as a good thing) privilege and honor of being a patient at this hospital as well as many other hospitals. I have compared my bills and I see little difference. Expensive? Yes. More than anyone else? No. The entire healthcare system is financially broken and needs fixing and CPH will have to adjust along with every other provider very soon.

People seem to find many excuses for their anger which is also a contributor to the overall problems in healthcare. In particularly the ones who complain because they use the emergency department for their non-emergent care and then complain about emergency room costs. If you stop using the ER for your primary care provider, you will find it is easier on your pocket book.  As far as CPH, we have a hospital that has done something few government owned entities have done -- become self-sufficient and put money back in your pocket as a taxpayer. Don't believe me? Take out your borough tax records for 2008 and  compare it to your most recent tax assessment for the hospital. It goes from 1.00 mills down to .02 for the hospital. A 98 percent reduction! CPH is making mine and your debt payments while charging the same or less as other hospitals in Alaska. At the same time, CPH has high patient satisfaction scores that are the envy of many hospitals in Alaska and they win quality awards year after year. Perfect? No, but better than most by a long shot.

My payments cover not just my health care but for services that I pray to God that I will never need such as the sexual assault response team and Serenity House treatment centers that assist others in this community. These services make this community a better place and I will gladly support them even if it means potential higher premium on my healthcare. I understand the simple fact that my dollars are not just about my personal healthcare but the healthcare of this community that I live, play, work and raise children in. I would rather these services be supported by my healthcare dollars than to imagine what this community would be without these services.

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spwright 02/24/12 - 04:13 pm
Reply to Mrs Lagasse 2/24/12

Mrs Lagasse, 1st of All I also have received the Best of Care
at Central Peninsula Hospital.
Two years ago E R then Emergency Surgery then 3 days in ICU then 7 days in a Hospital Room then months of Recovery.
I have the upmost Respect for the Nurse's Aides, Nurses, Doctors, Lab Techs, EMT's & numerous other Hospital Employees that Cared for Me during that stay in the Hospital.
I would Not Be Alive Today without Them.

I do have issues with the Upper Management & the Policy Makers Hospital Board Members that determine the Fees Charged for Procedures & Services at CPH.
Now there is Documented PROOF that CPH is Charging Too Much $Money$ & that Proof is provided by

Alaska Health Care Commission, University of Alaska's Institute of Social & Economic Research

"Statewide health care costs are biting harder" by Brad Bradner, Alaska Journal of Commerce Feb. 16th,2012

From my point of view, that $13 Million Dollars of Profit needs to Benefit the Tax Payers that HAVE PAID FOR THE HOSPITAL. & not just by lowering the Tax Mill Rate for the Hospital, which they have done.

That $13 Million Dollars should provide REAL DISCOUNTS
for any Central Peninsula Resident that has PAID Personal Property Taxes for the last 30 years.

That's My Soap Box issue. Central Peninsula Residents should be charged far LESS than any other Patient for Procedures & Services at Central Peninsula Hospital.
WE HAVE EARNED THIS thru decades of Personal Property Taxes PAID.

Thanks for Listening SPW "Airborne"

Cogliostro 02/27/12 - 02:13 am
The issue is that the

The issue is that the hospital is using the borough council to interrupt free enterprise on the peninsula - once again having the nanny state stick it's nose where it doesn't belong. So yes, it does deserve ire.

I also keep hearing about how surgery centers aren't profitable anymore. If that is the case then the new surgery center will fail on its own merits. The borough and it's apologists need to stop using that as an excuse.

Would this be the case if someone wanted to open up a TV repair shop? Would the borough deny them because TV's are not really being repaired anymore and economically they are not doing well. No, they would not.

CPH has had a monopoly on healthcare on the peninsula for too long. If it is doing as well as the borough apologists seem to think it is, then there won't be any reason not to allow a private surgical center.

JOAT 02/27/12 - 07:57 am
Open the phone book

Thumb through the yellow pages to "Physicians" and you'll find a whole list of healthcare providers other than CPH. Flip back to "Hospitals" and you'll find several other providers beyond CPH. They do NOT have a monopoly.

John Locke
John Locke 03/04/12 - 08:57 pm
They DO have a monopoly

They DO have a monopoly because the other surgeons have to rent an operating room from the hospital to perform surgery. The borough won't allow any competition in because the private sector ALWAYS does a better,cheaper & more customer orientated jobs than its goverment run counterparts. Truly disgraceful and unamerican. Let the Doctors do their jobs and keep ALL levels of goverment out of my healthcare decisions.

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