Salut­ing courage

Modern Healthcare - - Opinions Letters -

Ihope this will be one of the first of a great many let­ters to the editor to salute Howard Ber­man and Bruce McPherson for their courageous mes­sage in the Aug. 15 is­sue of Mod­ern Health­care (p. 18) urg­ing us all to face facts and “move be­yond de­nial.”

The lead­er­ship should rec­og­nize that not­for-profit and other com­mu­nity hos­pi­tals can and will re­spond to the na­tional fi­nan­cial cri­sis with an an­nual re­duc­tion in the rate of in­crease of less than 0.5% in their ex­pen­di­tures dur­ing the up­com­ing decade. Other al­ter­na­tives would be much worse for com­mu­ni­ties and pa­tients and med­i­cal staffs— and hos­pi­tals too.

Robert Sig­mond Wal­ter J McNer­ney fel­low Health Re­search & Ed­u­ca­tional Trust Amer­i­can Hos­pi­tal As­so­ci­a­tion

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