Manatee County medical sector needs novel solution to indigent care

July 1, 2014 

Manatee County commissioners in April 2013 set an election on whether to implement a sales tax increase to pay for indigent health care. Voters rejected the referendum. FILE PHOTO/TIFFANY TOMPKINS-CONDIE/Bradenton Herald.

Since Manatee Memorial Hospital CEO Kevin Dilallo is parading his needy patients before the county commissioners, maybe we should take all the low income, needy taxpayers that are hurt by an increase in their taxes each and every time they buy food, clothing, electric, and gas before the county commissioners, too.

On June 17, the BOCC had a long and difficult discussion about health care. In the end, they asked the CEOs of the hospitals to come back with a plan from the private sector.

Let's hope they can think "out of the box" and not just that taxpayer funds can accomplish their goal.

My understanding is that hospitals are not going to be reimbursed by "fee for service" now but according to "outcomes." This is going to make some adjustments to the way hospitals do business. Let's see what they come up with.

Sara Cohen

Myakka City

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