The hospital expansion has many supporters and quite a number of detractors. Since we are moving into the approvals for the finish of the hospital it would seem to be the time to ask a lot of questions of the administrator.
In this world of the escalating costs of medical care it seems a great idea to get the hospital to be more open about costs. Transparency into the costs of running the hospital as seen in the recent Time Magazine would be a great start.
I was in the ER the other day for a sonogram and when I viewed the bill I was amazed at the high cost of things, knowing that they will be reduced down because of Medicare. Yet, I think we need to hold our hospital accountable for the same kind of overcharging that we see around the country, because it seems it is no different here. They all use the chargemaster and that is questionable.
I am also hopeful that we can make the hospital an issue in the local mayoral and council race. Change starts right here.