With regards to Cinda Becker's July 12 article, Specialty cardiac hospitals treating less ill patients, of course they treat less ill patients. That's like saying that a suburban New York General Hospital treats less ill patients than Columbia Presbyterian. That's because Columbia Presbyterian has more facilities, more sub-specialists and intensive-care units, and doctors take patients where they are the safest.
McDonald's has a less extensive menu than, say, Denny's because Denny's has a bigger kitchen and a different method of business. Does that make McDonald's bad?
What is the purpose of such a pointless headline? It only serves the big hospitals that are trying to protect their book of business. You folks at a seemingly intelligent publication ought to be able to connect the dots and figure this out.
By the time the truth comes out, our shortsighted federal government will have banned specialty hospitals and a quick and efficient trip to a specialty hospital, even when medically appropriate, will no longer be an option.
Dave Rogers, M.D., private-practice gynecologist, Frisco, Texas