Letter: State budget would cost Milford Hospital millions

To the Editor:

If you have a medical emergency and arrive at Milford Hospital, you’re going to be taken care of even if you don’t have insurance and can’t afford to pay. It doesn’t matter how expensive your care turns out to be. Our hospital is a non-profit organization. It’s also Milford’s largest employer and contributes over $130 million in economic benefit to our local community.

Milford Hospital is one of only a handful of local community hospitals left in Connecticut. These hospitals are under increasing economic pressure. Insurance companies demand cuts in services provided to patients and continually press for discounts on charges. Reimbursements from government insurance programs like Medicare and Medicaid are often below cost.

Unfortunately the governor’s proposed budget would make Milford Hospital’s position even more difficult. Not only is he proposing cutting back on financial support but he also wants Milford Hospital to begin paying property tax. These proposals would cost it millions of dollars a year.

Milford is one of the pillars of our community. We need to let our legislators know that they need to step forward to oppose the governor’s proposals.

Tom Jagodzinski

 

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  • Patti Kefford

    That’s funny, if you go to Milford hospital and don’t have insurance, they do bill you like crazy and put it on credit report.

    Sorry, don’t feel sorry for them

  • Bob Allen

    Milford Hospital’s care is poor at best. The CEO is a stubborn old mule and the directors are all yes men. Yale New Have has twice now offered to buy them out, and twice they have refused. Anything truly complicated has to go to Bridgeport or New Haven. They don’t even deliver babies anymore. Yale New Haven has massive resources that would make the service Milford provides far better. Meanwhile, Milford Hospital dances on the razor’s edge of bankruptcy, relying on the federal government to keep them open.

    Selling out to Yale New Haven would be a good thing overall. Good for the Hospital, and good for the community.

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