No loan for Grady?

IA reports that the loan idea for Grady isn’t too popular:

It has since been nixed by Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves, but the idea of a

6 comments

  1. Chris says:

    If the 100M was to stabilize the patient while they were looking at curing the disease, I might say ok. However I don’t trust those yahoos in Fulton and DeKalb. The 100M is more like a dose of Morphine so they don’t have to endure the pain for a few months, while saddling the taxpayers with the bill.

  2. maestro7 says:

    And some people in this country want government-run (read: socialized) medicine?

    Not to impugn Grady’s abilities as a health care facility for dealing with trauma cases, but do people honestly think that any kind of facility like this can remain solvent going forward while simultaneously giving out so much for free?

    This calamitous situation ought to be the nation’s poster child on what “free healthcare by the government” will do for any other such institution.

  3. BubbaRich says:

    I agree with the Lt. Governor to a point–a loan is not a good long-term solution to Grady’s long-term solvency problems. Changing the governance is no better a long-term solution, though, unless the new board is like some of the posters here and will refuse to serve poor people.

    Grady needs a better funding solution. National funding is not a useful solution for funding a regional hospital. It would make more sense for the state of Georgia to fund it, since much of the state is served by the hospital, and the entire state gets as much benefit from Grady as it does from the highways the state funds in the Atlanta area.

    But everywhere needs hospitals, and the only advantage to asking Congress to pay for it is to fix national attention on the unfunded hospital problem. And while getting money from congress to pay for this right now would help the short-term problem, it would set the stage for irresponsible funding of all the nation’s hospitals from Congress. A local (state-wide) solution to a local problem would probably be more responsive to local issues.

  4. SouthFultonGuy says:

    Its in everyone’s interest to come up with a viable lasting solution. If Grady shuts down, the tidal wake to other institutions will mean you can’t get a hospital bed anywhere in metro Atlanta.

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