Will hospitals survive?

Dear Editor:

So glad to see the Hudson Reporter is covering the issue of Carepoint hospitals becoming non-profit from for-profit. Most people would be delighted since for-profit hospitals, stabilize patients in emergencies but do not treat them if they lack insurance.

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But here are my concerns, during the early 2000s, the New York Times had many “letters to the editor” from CEOs of non-profit hospitals complaining about treating illegal immigrants and not being reimbursed by the state. Immigrants who lacked insurance used the emergency rooms of hospitals for their typical healthcare. Joe Biden is now placing thousands of people who crossed the borders in places like New York and New Jersey, so are we facing the same problem?

I was absolutely shocked St. Vincent Hospital went belly-up for this reason, that hospital has been around since the Civil War and treated many patients, especially AIDS patients but could not survive the bills piling up due to illegal immigration.

A number of hospitals have also closed in Hudson County while our population continues to grow. I hope this newspaper follows up on this issue. Who pays the bills of immigrants crossing the border and will our hospitals survive if those bills are not paid?

Yvonne Balcer

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