As I have come to expect, MODERN HEALTHCARE supplies my minimum weekly requirement of humor. Your "Washington report" department for April 24 (p. 52) takes the prize. It is truly refreshing to see your magazine aboard the hysteria bandwagon. Watch out! No more Medicare money! Radically altered programs! Bankrupt senior citizens and hospitals!
Articles such as this attempt to cut short the needed healthy debate about new ideas by creating fear and confusion. For once think about the big picture, not just about the healthcare field, where, by the way, I earn my pay. Instead of bemoaning the fact that tax dollars will be lost to the industry, try for a change to think about what will happen to this country if the government continues its irresponsible fiscal policies. Tax dollars for healthcare may just disappear.
You are quick to report when hospitals fail financially and analyze what went wrong. We cannot afford the dichotomy of allowing the government to run in a way we ourselves cannot. Why not use the same standard when looking at entitlement programs and the political forces that drive them? Why not let market forces find ways of providing an excellent standard of care at a reduced cost?
JOSEPH M. ROSSI
Manager, materials management
Herrick Memorial Hospital, Tecumseh, Mich.