To the editor Yakima has misplaced neurosurgery and cardiovascular surgical procedure. Sufferers with neurosurgical trauma or cardiovascular emergencies won’t survive the delay from being transferred to Seattle.
This took place resulting from 30 years of progressive cutbacks in Medicare funds, coupled with completely insufficient Medicaid funds — each compounded as a result of Yakima has needed to look after a disproportionate variety of Medicare, Medicaid and uninsured sufferers — as in comparison with different cities our dimension, or to Seattle. Past that, Seattles College and Harborview hospital prices are partially backed by tax revenues. Yakimas hospitals and surgeons have by no means been backed by means of native taxes.
To re-establish neurosurgery and cardiovascular surgical procedure for Central Washington sufferers, Yakima County should start allocating a portion of its tax income to Memorial hospital — enabling it to recruit neurosurgeons and cardiovascular surgeons. As a result of the lately closed Astria Regional hospital has a cardiac surgical suite — and an area funding group is buying Astria Regional — the suite may very well be leased to Memorial at much less value than constructing anew.
I’d gladly help a rise in my property taxes if it meant restoring these important companies for Central Washington sufferers. Our county commissioners should start consulting with Memorial hospital.
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