Juan Luis Hospital woes
The article in the Daily News this a.m. indicates that CMS (Medicare) is withholding payments temporarily. This is very bad for the hospital and the community. I was amazed to read that they owe vendors and suppliers $40.5 million dollars. Holy cow!
The VI government owes everybody except the employees, and I'm pretty sure it's only because the employees are voters. IMO, democracy is not the best option for all municipalities. Today the people can be bought with the promise of jobs just like the politicians can be bought.
Hospitals in the VI are between a rock and a hard place. They need a benefactor like Bill Gates or Michael Bloomberg. The problem with being a US territory is most think you have the resources of the US supporting you, when you really don't.
This is what happens when the Democrats run everything with no opposition.
No, this is what happens when public hospitals have to treat everyone even if they can't or won't pay. What kind of business model is that? What other business could survive under those requirements? Hospitals can't be benevolent providers and break even businesses at the same time. As heartless as it may sound, they and the public need to come to grips with that.
Exactly ms411. And the fact that so many people don't pay means they've pretty much given up chasing down debts. It's common knowledge on STX if you don't pay your hospital bill nothing will happen to you, not even a referral to a debt collection bureau. I
Ms411, ask yourself why our government gives free health care, and doesn't follow up on debt collection?
It is because our leaders, who represent the majority, want it that way. Now, look at who our leaders are.
The Daily News article is still not available to link. Here is the Source's version: http://stthomassource.com/content/news/local-news/2014/01/12/interim-cfo-outlines-jfl-financial-crisis, in which they say Medicaid instead of Medicare. Interesting that they got it wrong for the whole article....
i have 2 major questions....1/ am i stupid ? or if a large % of people on stx receive assistance with food and low income housing,wouldn't they also qualify for medicaid??if so, then why are their so many people who need "free" care at the hospital?...2/are we all stupid?? why are we paying ,according to the sat. daily news an "interim chief financial officer"from philadelphia $850 a day PLUS housing, food, and travel when multi millions is owed in bills by the hospital? where the heck is the leadership on this island????? governor ,senate,any answers????oops thats 3 questions....WE ALL BETTER THINK LONG AND HARD ABOUT THE NEXT ELECTION..IT'S LOOKING PRETTY SAD SO FAR WITH ANY POTENTIAL GOVERNITORIAL CANDIDATES!