Your cover story "No prisoners-For-profit vs. not-for-profit hospital skirmishes intensify" (April 22, p. 35) is a nice beginning, but I certainly hope to see more like it addressing the fact that the current actions of hospital administrators have more to do with fear of competition than their concern over the exorbitant price of medical care that robs each and every American on a daily basis.
Most articles just repeat the rhetoric administrators use when their collaborations are announced. I'm glad to see someone dig a little and spread the word that all these "little" local alliances, while they may offer some consumer benefits, are still just veiled attempts to maintain their positions in the community and often have little to do with delivering healthcare more efficiently and affordably.
PAUL A. KLOEPPER
Jacksonville (Fla.) Orthopedic Institute