Congress' attempt at health care reform is a big issue right now, and if you watch the news about what our Congresscritters are up to you can surmise that hardly anyone will be happy with the results. On the other hand most people seem to be holding their breath and hoping that, if nothing else, the changes to the system will at least be an improvement on the status quo.
Whatever the result we need to make sure that situations like this will never arise. From the story:
The financially strapped Jackson Health System has stopped paying for dialysis treatments for 175 poor patients with failing kidneys — a decision that experts say could be deadly.
“It is no game,'' says Emelina García Cordoví, 67, whose treatments at a South Miami-Dade center were cut off Dec. 31. “We are talking of the lives of persons who depend exclusively on their dialysis.''
Jackson, Miami-Dade's government health system intended to be a safety net for the poor and uninsured, said it expects to save $4.2 million by stopping payments for outpatient dialysis treatment for the 175 patients. Of those, other avenues for care have been found for all but 41, says spokesman Robert Alonso. About a third of those are undocumented immigrants, who are not eligible for government programs.