30 Issues: Neighborhood Hospitals

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Bill de Blasio holds up the court order that resumed ambulance service to Long Island College Hospital (Brigid Bergin/WNYC)

The Brian Lehrer Show's election series 30 Issues in 30 Days continues this week with a series of conversations about a variety of topics. See the full 30 Issues schedule and archive here.

The closing of hospitals throughout New York City has been a contentious issue in the mayor's race so far, and will be a challenge for whoever the next mayor is. Fred Mogul, Healthcare and Medicine Reporter at WNYC and The New York Times's Anemona Hartocollis discuss the Lhota and de Blasio positions and the future of health care in New York City.


Anemona Hartocollis and Fred Mogul

Comments [8]

Mary Mills from Jersey City

Some hospitals like Interfaith have been providing substandard care for a long time. It has been protected politically. The flu does cause huge trouble and I have seen it fill beds in auditoriums and administrative areas when legal beds allowed by the state were far more numerous than they are now. I think those hospitals that created community health centers many years ago like Lutherine Medical Center are working with a more reliable model. Unfortunately, Medicare is structured towards reimbursing procedures, not primary care. That must change, and hospitals actually given budgets to run on. Now they never know exactly what their reimbursement will be, and when they will be paid. Imagine trying to run an institution knowing that, and being unable to control your losses in any way.. If you have an emergency room, you must accept any patient regardless of their ability to pay. If the rest of the population had been allowed to buy into Medicare, the system would be somewhat easier to redesign towards a whole life model with access points through neighborhoods.

Oct. 08 2013 12:15 PM
jf from THE FUTURE

charge prices that are like 100$ not $5000 and people will pay. STOP PRICE GOUGING, AND CHARGING RANSOM FOR OUR LIVES.

Oct. 08 2013 11:55 AM
RJ from prospect hts

It seems as though there could be many more creative ways to use these hospital facilities--which are equipped with both equipment and staff and room. Why can't hospital rooms be converted into assisted living facilities for the elderly? Why can't there be programs that need outreach workers (TB or HIV meds for the poor, started by the current CDC commissioner) be decentralized into the communities (the HIV rate has ballooned in NYC in recent years). What about even day care facilities, since there are pediatric wards? It seems like there's been a profound lack of creativity in considering what could be done with these already equipped facilities.

Oct. 08 2013 11:54 AM

I might have missed it, but did you discuss the closure of Labor and Delivery at North Central Bronx hospital in the Bronx?

Oct. 08 2013 11:54 AM
jf from the future

Free home visiting Robot docs on call!

Oct. 08 2013 11:53 AM
Asaf soof from Times Sq

Regarding the attack on the motorist on the Henry Hudson Pkwy.

Clearly the driver was beaten up and the car vandalized.
BUT - can we consider the option that the driver hit one of the motor cyclists and sped away, in essence "leaving the scene of an accident"
We see in the video that he drove over a motor cycle.
So he definitely destroyed someone's bike.
I am not supporting attacking anyone, but what about considering that option?
It reminds me the "bully" video on You Tube from last year.

Oct. 08 2013 11:50 AM
Philip from Cobble Hill

Could you please address the fact that in Brooklyn where they are adding 1300 they are closing two hospitals

Oct. 08 2013 11:48 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

The question of how many hospital beds are required is a debatable issue. We do have to take into account the possibility of natural disasters, plagues and epidemics, and yes perhaps war and terrorist attacks. The number of hospital beds required cannot simply be calculated purely on present economic needs, but also on the possibilities of unexpected disasters.

Oct. 08 2013 11:36 AM

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