Letter to the Editor

Series: Letter to the Editor | Story 44

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: You can’t h...

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