Uninsured Patients Don't Deserve To Die
January 24th, 2006

The first law proposed by new City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is named after Manny Lanza, a young man who, his parents say, died after St. Lukes Roosevelt Hospital delayed treating him because he did not have medical insurance. An editorial in El Diario endorses Mannys Law, which would require hospitals to inform patients of their right to be treated, and the various ways they could get it paid for. “The bill also requires hospitals to report data on the charitable care they provide,” El Diario explains. “[C]ity hospitals receive hundreds of millions of dollars every year from the state to offset bad debt and charity cases. It’s time that money was put to good use, providing medical care to people who need it.”

By on January 24, 2006, 6:36 am
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One Response to “Uninsured Patients Don't Deserve To Die”

  1. Larry Littlefield Says:
    January 24th, 2006 at 9:21 am

    Non-profit hospitals have been allowed to get away with murder, in part because they are a key political backer of the Democratic Party in NYC but also have their hooks into the Republicans.

    Hospital price deregulation, while a good idea in general, was botched. While they should be allowed to set their own prices, non-profit “charities” should not be allowed to practice price discrimination. There should be just three prices for care, the government-imposed Medicare and Medicaid prices and the price for everyone else. These should be readily accessible on a state website for all to see.

    Only forgiveness of the “everybody else” price should be counted as charity care. The wealth and income of those receiving those breaks, relative to those paying full price, should also be tabulated and published in summary form. And, that charity care should be compared with the direct and indirect (no property tax)public funding these institutions receive.

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