NO HOSPITALS MUST BE CLOSED!
"Hospitals are a top priority, and they must receive funding
from our tax dollars to implement the latest medical
technology and research. We should focus on improving them
rather than closing them," Baldeo resolutely said.
I echo the
sentiments of many community residents, and call upon the City
Council Hospital Closing Task Force to convey in no uncertain
terms to the Berger Commission, that it should immediately
quash any thought of closing even 1 of Queens hospitals. The
Berger Commission was created by the governor to identify
which hospitals should be closed on account of rising health
care costs. As a concerned resident and parent in Queens, I am
also calling on these officials and also Governor Pataki to
review and consider the grave consequences of closing even
financially strapped hospitals. We must bail them out of their
fiscal ailment, because hospitals are as essential as the air
that we breathe.
care cost is rising, I am sure that our elected officials can
come up with a better solution such as addressing Medicare
reimbursements rather than proposing to close hospitals. The
closing of any hospital will not reduce the overall cost of
health care, but will create other problems such as over
burdening an already declining health care system. You are
putting us into Third World health care. For example, Queens
Hospital Officials have noted the increases in both ER and
in-patient admissions and have attributed this to the closing
of St. Joseph Medical Center-the domino effect!
discomforting to note that our elected officials are willing
to put our health at risk, rather than addressing the bigger
issue of Medicare reimbursements. Closure is not an option,
not even over our dead bodies. (No pun intended). No doubt,
years of poorly planned expansion, large debts, hospitals
forced to borrow money at high interest rates, inadequate
Medicaid reimbursement and a large number of uninsured
residents have contributed to the state health care crisis. We
are not responsible for mismanagement and the bad decisions
taken by our elected officials. I urge the Governor to do the
right thing by leaving our hospitals open.
It is the
prudent thing to do.