Regarding the “brighter future” mentioned in the introduction to your Dec. 24/31 cover story (“Healthcare’s tumultuous year: Looking back on events that shook the industry,” p. 6), the only path this nation is on is a fast-track to socialism, which includes socialized medicine.
I don’t know which “readers” you are referring to, but as a healthcare administrator, everyone I know in this industry is seriously concerned about the viability of healthcare and how we will continue to provide quality services to patients.
The industry faces severe physician shortages. Diagnostic laboratories face closure as high-volume commercial “mega-labs” threaten our industry with below-market value pricing and poor-quality lab services. That doesn’t seem like a very bright future to me. Hospitals continue to struggle to survive as CMS cutbacks have us all operating on a bare-bones budget. And things are only going to get worse.
Shame on you for perpetuating the ideology that this administration has done an ounce of good for anyone, or that Obamacare will be beneficial to this nation or the healthcare industry in any way. You could not be more wrong.
Nancy Woodard-Bourke Laboratory outreach supervisor Somerset Medical Center