Letter to the Editor
September 21, 2023
It’s nice to have a hospital in every rural county in USA, as our own Lewis County, but economics & logistics are huge obstacles. Economics: Lewis County’s patients are mostly on federal healthcare with very low medical reimbursements that do not support standing hospital’s huge costs of 24/7 of operation.
It needs at least $1.2m/ yr to pay 4 Internal medicine ( Hospitalist) physicians, in addition to two ER physicians, staff, lab&X- ray machine. The volume of patients in all Lewis County& others does not support such financial expense without federal subsidy every year. Logistics:...