Dim­mer fu­ture

Modern Healthcare - - OPINIONS LETTERS -

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

Somerville, N.J.

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