Because profitable procedures are being done elsewhere and people are coming in without insurance, San Hospital has taken a financial hit. Hospital administrators “would be happy if the hospital would just break even, but it regularly loses money, coming up $1.5 million in the red just in the month of February alone.”
Community leaders argue that because the Suter health care system is profitable at its other facilities, it should subsidize San Leandro as a service to the community.
“We have a community that is aging and will need these services. Not to mention if a disaster like an earthquake were to happen. There is an obligation to trauma services in this community.”
Businesses cannot operate at a loss – whether those businesses are donut shops, car dealerships, or hospitals.
More patients + less emergency departments = recipe for disaster.