Patch­work won’t work

Modern Healthcare - - Opinions Letters -

Hav­ing lived in New Orleans and hav­ing worked in health­care dur­ing and af­ter Hur­ri­cane Ka­t­rina, I just re­cently moved out of the city (“Judge lets work con­tinue on New Orleans hos­pi­tals,” Mod­ern­Health­care.com, April 4).

The old Char­ity Hospi­tal can be used for a host of things in­clud­ing physi­cian offices, etc. How­ever, the po­lit­i­cal im­pact on de­lays and is­sues sur­round­ing the use of the build­ing has left it open to the el­e­ments, and it also in­cluded wast­ing mil­lions of dol­lars on air con­di­tion­ing.

Prob­a­bly time to cut the losses and work to build a hospi­tal for the city of New Orleans. It is a shame that the city’s res­i­dents still are go­ing all over the re­gion for care and the hos­pi­tals in the sur­round­ing ar­eas are taxed with the vol­ume, how­ever, the prob­lems are still with politi­cians try­ing to con­trol the use of money.

There­fore, with all pa­tients in the area who need spe­cialty care, they are ro­tat­ing to nearby cities and states to cover ba­sic ser­vices. And the area suf­fers from a pa­tient pop­u­la­tion that is still low be­cause of res­i­dents who didn’t re­turn af­ter Ka­t­rina, or in my case it could not al­low a health­care worker to re­main in the area be­cause of lack of jobs. Larry Dun­ham Lom­poc, Calif.

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