I note with interest your magazine's comments in the March 6 Outliers section (p. 116) regarding "Covert cost control." Based on the comments, it would appear that the willingness to forgo a salary increase is somewhat unusual, particularly in this day and age.
Speaking from personal experience, I have not taken a salary increase in more than 21/2 years, as we have found it necessary to significantly curtail any salary increases in the hospital as a whole. I would find it unusual that senior executives take any significant salary increases while the rest of the institution does not.
I believe that, if we continue to send the wrong messages, we have nobody to blame but ourselves for what ultimately transpires in the "reform" of the healthcare system.
ROBERT J. BULGER
President, chief executive officer
Jeannette (Pa.) District