Wrong use of re­sources

Modern Healthcare - - Opinions Letters -

Re: “Ari­zona to halt some Med­i­caid en­roll­ment, read­ies for cuts,” Mod­ern Health­care.com, April 30: So, the state won’t pay, the hos­pi­tal gets stuck with the bill and the pa­tient for an in­def­i­nite time. If they need skilled nurs­ing or there is no fam­ily to care for them, no one else will take them with­out in­surance, so they stay in the acute-care hos­pi­tal.

The hos­pi­tals are al­ready strug­gling with cut­backs, and this is not a good use of re­sources. If the pa­tients have a cat­a­strophic ill­ness, they won’t have cov­er­age to re­ceive treat­ment. Some Repub­li­cans screamed about ra­tioning and pulling the plug on granny. Only in­stead of let­ting health­care pro­fes­sion­als talk about end-oflife wishes with granny who has an end-stage ill­ness, who has lived a long, pro­duc­tive life, and is dy­ing in spite of what we do, we are ra­tioning health­care to the young who have lost their jobs and their health in­surance and who may have a cur­able con­di­tion, or a trauma pa­tient, that with time and re­hab, will be pro­duc­tive again. Deb­bie Mon­aghan

Reg­is­tered nurse Pal­lia­tive-care se­nior spe­cial­ist

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