Hospital Charges

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Re:

Erlanger's New Chief Operating Officer Says Other Hospitals Turn Patients Away When They Can't Pay

It seems the blame game has started, "Not my fault." When I was a small child and wanted to go somewhere and my mom said no, I would make the case by saying everyone else is going. My mom would counter, tell me who and I will talk to their parents.

I have always had a great admiration for Erlanger, but I also will ask which hospitals are doing this or is it an excuse. Charges without substance have always been sour grapes. This charge is too important to hide behind "some are and a lot of..."I have a hard time believing someone when they make public charges and then do not name names and the facts.

Please, Mr. Brooks, when you make charges please name names so patients may make a sound choice of hospitals. One thing you can do is make the facts public about Erlanger being fined $40 million and paid to the U.S. government with no explanation.

You have taken on a gigantic task in your new job and I am sure you investigated the details before accepting. Erlanger and our citizens could use someone that stands up, speaks the truth and name names no matter the fallout, but I guess that is wishful thinking. Oh, well, maybe someday.

N.D. Kennedy Sr.

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