Sudden Hospital Closure Stuns MA Community; More Coming

The events leading up to the abrupt closure of a regional hospital in a remote corner of Massachusetts are complicated. But many community hospitals across the country are equally vulnerable, and more will close.

5 comments on "Sudden Hospital Closure Stuns MA Community; More Coming"
Roger Forsberg (4/6/2014 at 7:40 PM)

[...I'm reminded of these lines from Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises: "'How did you go bankrupt?' Bill asked. 'Two ways,' Mike said. 'Gradually and then suddenly.'"....] This quotation provides an astute & knowledgable addition to this unhappy article in the sense that in many ways financial health is similar to human health: in both instances the 'entity', whether financial or human, cannot indefinitely continue to become sicker & sicker. Death (or bankruptcy) will eventually result.
jeff blank (4/5/2014 at 2:35 PM)

Although Medicare and Medicaid payments are less than in the private sector they are far more than reiumbursements in most of Europe. Perhaps one of those countries could come over and show us how it is done for less. The reality is that we pay far too much for healthcare in this country and places like Boston are sucking the dollars out of smaller communities and this is the consequence.. It might be a great case study into developing new in home models of care (although reopen the ER as well).. A 36 bed hospital really can't meet the quality standards it needs to.
bob sigmond (4/3/2014 at 11:22 AM)

I suggest that Partners in Boston offer to get involved to help solve the hospital shutdown crisis as it affects the health of the affected communities. Statewide leadership from the not-for-profit sector is required in this situation.
Colin Baird (4/3/2014 at 2:45 AM)

The collateral damage, hospitals closings, won't be curtailed until hospitals adjust to the new reality.
Jeff Hamilton (4/2/2014 at 1:58 PM)

Until the hospital's finances have been reviewed, its closure will remain a mystery.


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