For-profit hospitals thrive in El Paso, Las Cruces

Full story: El Paso Times 25
A national study shows that the for-profit hospital industry is thriving in El Paso and Southern New Mexico, even though more than 20 percent of the population live below the poverty level and one in three has no health insurance. Full Story
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Otay Spanky

United States

#1 Sep 7, 2010
How nice that Memorial Medical Center (MMC)can turn a profit while dumping their difficult patients on UMC. So MMC turns a profit thanks to El Paso County, Texas taxpayers. Isn't that swell?
Pacific Clean Tech

San Clemente, CA

#2 Sep 7, 2010
We can save the hospitals EVEN more money through intensive telecom, waste, energy and shipping audits nad cost reduction programs.We have the proprietary software and systems in place to find hiden costs. If we dont save at least 20%, we consider it a failure. Pacificcleantech@gmail.com
Mousie

El Paso, TX

#3 Sep 7, 2010
I used to work at one of these hospitals. They are profitable because they overbill the government....WE are the government!! Our taxes are paying these creeps!! Medicare fraud is a 60 BILLION dollar a year business and these creeps are on the forefront!!
Concerned

Dallas, TX

#4 Sep 7, 2010
High profits yet by no means are they ranked as top medical centers in the country. Something doesnt jive here...
The Wall

El Paso, TX

#5 Sep 7, 2010
Time to shut down UMC and save us taxpayers some $$$$$$$$. Nothing but illegals use that place anyway.
curious

United States

#6 Sep 7, 2010
Two out of three people have insurance? Hmmm. Sounds fishy...no sounds like lala land stats.
AliceInWonderlan d

El Paso, TX

#7 Sep 7, 2010
Of course they are going to deny that they are big money makers!!! They do not make their money by public that is privately insured. Here in El Paso it's mostly government insured; Chip, Medicare, and Medicaid. There is no industry in El Paso that would support any medical facility to make profits like that! UMC shows a profit because of the State and the El Paso County Taxpayers. And El Paso, prepare yourselves, because you voted for the Childrens Hospital and if you thought that the bonds were going to take care of the cost of the Childrens Hospital - you haven't seen anything yet - who do you think is going to keep this International Hospital going? YOU.
no_doubt

United States

#8 Sep 7, 2010
I am not surprised at all. I was charged $42 for a pair of Tylenol,$16 for a box of Kleenex,$125 for a plastic tube to breath into, etc..... It's ridiculous!! I was in the hospital for 3 days and requested a detailed bill upon departure. It was 2" thick and I was charged for every cotton swab and piece of toilet paper that I used. No wonder health insurance is almost unattainable.
Unbelievable

United States

#9 Sep 7, 2010
This is so depressing. I, as many of you, are caught in the middle of the health insurance issue. My very small company does not offer health insurance and I cannot afford it on my own. If I were to be hospitalized, it would probably bankrupt me as I do not qualify for any kind of assistance. I make enough to support my daughter and myslef but that's it. Luckily, her father provides health insurance for her. It makes me ill to think that these hospitals turn such a high profit when so many of us are going without needed medical attention.
Reasonable

Colorado Springs, CO

#10 Sep 7, 2010
The Wall wrote:
Time to shut down UMC and save us taxpayers some $$$$$$$$. Nothing but illegals use that place anyway.
Ummm, maybe you missed the part about UMC being a Level One trauma center? You do understand what a trauma center is, don't you? A trauma center is a hospital staffed with emergency medicine physicians and the equipment to handle trauma, as opposed to the for-profit hospitals which do NOT handle trauma cases, because they lack the equipment and staff to do so for the most part.
The nearest Level One trauma center outside of UMC is about 250 miles away: and if you're actually experiencing trauma, meaning a car accident with critical injuries, a stabbing, or gunshot wound, etc, you really don't want to be 250 miles away from help.
Really Sick

United States

#11 Sep 7, 2010
Kind of disgusting when you think about it. Nobody should be making a profit off sickness.

Many states have non profit hospitals and control even Health Insurance companies profits. Not in Texas. "Anything goes in Business" Perry and his band of thieves have not only put this state in a financial hole but have also made sure all his business buddies in big oil and health care are making a bundle.

There is something morally and ethically wrong in Texas - kind of a Greed sickness where the rich get richer and everybody else suffers. There also is a "stealing" mentality of cheating for more federal dollars - much the same business model Enron used and the S&Ls of the early 1980s, Real Estate and even government leaders use to enrich themselves anyway they can - all the while feeding the public good old Texas Bull. It always surprises me that so many Republicans can be herded to vote for these Spin Doctors.
RocketScientist

Arlington, VA

#12 Sep 7, 2010
Bravo to Del Sol Medical for showing it can stay solvent and treat patients (though thats a huge net margin, something that probably speaks about the lack of hospital choice in El Paso). The free market works!
Otay Spanky

United States

#13 Sep 7, 2010
Concerned wrote:
High profits yet by no means are they ranked as top medical centers in the country. Something doesnt jive here...
High profits in a poor town with a lot of uninsured and a lot of Medicaid and Medicare. Del Sol's Cintron is moonwalking away from any profit as far as his comments in EP. I wonder if that jives with what they are telling their stockholders? I am a 30 year RN and would crawl to UMC before I was admitted to Memorial here in Cruces or Del Sol/ Las Palmas or Tenet's hospitals in EP.

Memorial is mainly used by MDs who came to Cruces to escape the scrutiny of larger medical communities - even EP. Mountain View is a cut throat joke. Nice facility - VERY WEIRD vibes.

Las Cruces deserves better - much better. In EP you at least have UMC.
Otay Spanky

United States

#14 Sep 7, 2010
Too bad UNM can't open a branch of their medical school here like Texas Tech did at UMC in EP. It would be beneficial to area citizens and the doctors in training as well. A very unique patient base.
Cathy

El Paso, TX

#15 Sep 7, 2010
I just use God and prayer for all my health care needs. God is very inexpensive and very effective. I highly recommend God. If more people learned how to rely on God for their health care needs, health care costs could be significantly decreased.
RocketScientist

United States

#16 Sep 7, 2010
Cathy wrote:
I just use God and prayer for all my health care needs. God is very inexpensive and very effective. I highly recommend God. If more people learned how to rely on God for their health care needs, health care costs could be significantly decreased.
Lol I hope your kidding... I've yet to see god find a way to replace a kidney or administer medicine...
Otay Spanky

United States

#17 Sep 7, 2010
RocketScientist wrote:
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Lol I hope your kidding... I've yet to see god find a way to replace a kidney or administer medicine...
I have - through the hands of the surgeon.
Cathy

El Paso, TX

#18 Sep 7, 2010
RocketScientist wrote:
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Lol I hope your kidding... I've yet to see god find a way to replace a kidney or administer medicine...
No, I'm not kidding. You haven't looked very hard. The medical and religious literature is replete with instances of people who have been healed of illnesses deemed incurable by the medical profession. I'm one of them. I've found God to be more powerful than doctors. If I can learn how to go to God for healing, other people can learn as well.
EP FD

AOL

#19 Sep 7, 2010
...well Obama Care should take care of that!...of couse these uninsured people will "pay" somthing for the coverage. They expected free insurance, but no go...and if you don't have any, then....the Feds fine you...Go Obama?....2012 can't come soon enough
RocketScientist

United States

#20 Sep 7, 2010
Cathy wrote:
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No, I'm not kidding. You haven't looked very hard. The medical and religious literature is replete with instances of people who have been healed of illnesses deemed incurable by the medical profession. I'm one of them. I've found God to be more powerful than doctors. If I can learn how to go to God for healing, other people can learn as well.
Well next time you're on the floor bleeding to death say a prayer... Let me know how it goes...

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