Monday, January 24, 2011

Queens may lose 3 more hospitals

From the NY Post:

One-third of New York City's private hospitals could lose their life support and shut down if Gov. Cuomo goes through with his vow to cut between $2 billion and $3 billion from the state's massive Medicaid program, The Post has learned.

"There are 10 to 12 hospitals that are teetering on the edge [statewide]," said Stephen Berger, a member of Cuomo's Medicaid redesign team, who previously headed a state hospital restructuring panel.

"How many of them are really necessary? How many can be saved? How many can be merged? That's what we have to ask," added Berger.

"Given the amount of money we are spending, we ought to be putting together a much more efficient health-care system with better patient care."

Many of the hospitals teetering on the brink of financial collapse are located in the city's poorer neighborhoods and serve a high number of patients covered by Medicaid, the public insurance program for the needy.

Hospitals considered to be in the fiscal intensive care unit include Brookdale, Kingsbrook, Wyckoff, Interfaith and Brooklyn in Brooklyn, Jamaica and Peninsula in Queens and many institutions in The Bronx including Westchester Square.

So we lost St. John's and Mary Immaculate and were told to go to Wyckoff and Jamaica. I wonder where they will tell us to go when they close those 2?


Anonymous said...

When they close Wyckoff and Jamaica hospitals, then they will tell us where to go,they will tell us to go to hell.

Anonymous said...

God help us if we have an epidemic or a terrorist attack. Don't forget, diseases are no respecter of class. Plenty of upper class people were sickened by Typhoid Mary.

Anonymous said...

This is the most outrageous sign yet that our government is bust. Hospitals = rescue = health = life. Why shut down the very thing that will help keep people alive ?

Anonymous said...

where will all the angry black people from the Caribbean get their paychecks from now? I won't say work because they do as little as possible of that.

Anonymous said...

Let's give credit where credit is due. Thank you all you illegal immigrants who give fake names to the hospital billing offices. They never have to pay for having their jack pot babies in modern hospitals, going to the doctor and getting prescriptions on our dime.
They're entitled!

Danny O said...

Health care as a growth industry (for jobs and such)is fast coming to an end.

Anonymous said...

They will all go to LIJ and screw up their ER which is already screwed up since it's the only open hospital in the area. Cuomo is insane....we need health care, don't we???

Anonymous said...

Jamaica and Elmhurst are the only trauma centers; if they close Jamaica, they'll be a line around the block for the ER at Elmhurst!

Anonymous said...

Where will all the illegals go to have their anchor babies? Where will they go when they have a cold? They are the main reason why the hospitals are closing. The hospitals are losing money because the illegals get all their services for free.

Joe said...

Gonna be up shits creek and better off flying to Costa Rica for treatment where all the crooks are.
I know a trauma room doctors (surgeons) in Great Neck who works at N Shore LIJ.
He can no longer take the BS and is closing shop and retiring, wants no part of it nor for his kids.
According to him the hospitals are bleeding so bad at gunpoint from the government to treat all these illegal people walking in off the street they can now only get less skilled people and students from India, and eastern block country's.
Most don't know how to connect an ECG machine
Most the Asians and Koreans want no part of it neither they all go after family practice in Queens

Anonymous said...

where do people think money comes from? people want health care for everyone, well this is what you get. illegals/welfare will ruin this country. people have no clue in this country.