INTERNAL ISSUES PLAGUE HOSPITAL
DISTRAUGHT PARENTS OF SICK KIDS WERE HOUNDED BY DEBT COLLECTORS CHASING PAYMENT FOR TREATMENT AT QUEENSLAND CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL.
I don’t understand why having a sick relative, be it a child, sibling or parent, is a reason for people not to pay their bills. Deb This is not uncommon. The Mater Public Hospital referred a medicine bill to debt collectors after my Mum passed away. Louise I believe it became a mistake the moment it became news. Prior to that I believe it was likely policy. Adele You don’t pay for medications in hospital but you do pay for medications to take home. Marlene Did the hospital sort out these people’s credit rating too, or do they have a black mark on their credit history? Elizabeth It would appear there are problems within the Queensland Children’s Hospital that run deeper than changing the name can ever fix. Campbell Thank you for exposing how the Queensland Children’s Hospital is using debt collectors to pursue parents to settle bills for the treatment of their sick kids ( SM, Jan 6).
I wonder if the debt collectors would have been called off if the hospital had not been contacted by your newspaper for comment.
The former Lady Cilento children’s hospital has been plagued with a litany of incidents since opening, from turning away patients to treating patients in waiting rooms due to a lack of beds.
Negative publicity has plagued this hospital, not to mention the bogus public survey prompting its name change. Surely the mantra of any hospital should be to consider its patients and the families of patients.
The Cilento family may now be thankful this hospital no longer bears the Lady Cilento name.