- Posted October 8, 2012 by
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Louisiana public hospital budget cuts will hurt uninsured .
I guess they all can just show up at the emergency room..... A mental hospital was just cut too and people are protesting. That's all we need down here we already have problems.
From the article.
While half the medical residents in Louisiana currently train in public hospitals, that number will decrease to 25 percent in the redesign for graduate medical education. Opelka emphasized that the cuts were made with the intent of preserving medical training programs.
Several legislators expressed concern that LSU was rolling out the cuts without plans in place for private entities to take over the care.
“It is a question of who dies and who lives. Where are these people going to go?” asked Sen. Ben Nevers, D-Bogalusa. “I am asking you who is going to provide the services? Until you tell me that, I am not going to be able to.”
From the article
Derrick Morrison, who led the rally, said the state hatched the plan to close the hospital in secret and officials are not responding to the overwhelming public support for SELH. He and others demanded a public hearing with state officials before the hospital shuts its door for good.
"We dare Bobby Jindal to come down here and talk to us about that hospital," Morrison bellowed, pointing to the facility just east of Mandeville.