MEDICAL COSTS

 

SOMETHING’S NOT RIGHT

I just received a billing record from my insurance company that revealed that while a local hospital charged me 2,017.09 for treatment, they were paid 229.88 — and that I owed nothing because the insurance company had negotiated a lower charge.

But what about for those who don’t have good insurance?

For them, the likely result is bankruptcy and a ruined credit rating.

This is wrong

Jim Weir, Penney Farms

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OUR NURSING SHORTAGE

WHY IT EXISTS

Once again the news is full of stories about the “nursing shortage.” I’d like to comment on why this shortage exists.

I’ve seen bedside ratio staffing patterns go from mediocre to bad to worse; from unmanageable to sometimes downright unsafe.

The reluctance to hire certified nursing assistants to do basic bedside chores is puzzling. Since reimbursement is tied to patient satisfaction scores, why not do more at the bedside level?

Instead hospitals have become middle-heavy with quality management initiatives and well-meaning folks.

But they are not at the bedside dealing with critically ill patients and their often-belligerent families.

Regarding the issue of equal pay, if nursing was considered a “male” profession, the salaries would be much higher and much more commensurate with the education, workload and critical thinking skills required. But it is still viewed as a “helping” profession that women pursue to augment the husband’s salary.

I’ve read that there are not enough nursing instructors to meet the growing need for nurses.

For approximately the same amount of post-graduate education, a registered nurse can become an independent nurse practitioner for at least double the salary.

For the time and money involved, this is not a difficult decision.

Like the saying goes: “Follow the money.”

Ruthann Strebler,

registered nurse

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THE RIGHT TO VOTE

EX-FELONS DON’T DESERVE IT

The move to restore voting privileges to felons starts with liberal editorial writers referring to them as “ex-felons” in an attempt to lessen the impact of their actions.

Just as a murderer will always be a murderer despite the passage of time, a convicted felon will never be an “ex-felon.”

The recent article in the Times-Union assured us that murderers and sex offenders would be ineligible for the restorative program. How reassuring.

How about car jackers, home invaders, bank robbers, Ponzi schemers and various others who just happened to have served out their time (never mind their high recidivism just around the corner)?

Since there already exists a procedure to identify exceptions, there is no reason to mass welcome 1.6 million felons as potential voters.

Instead of looking at Florida negatively for its longtime position barring ex-felons from voting, we should be celebrating the four states who have this sensible policy.

Roy Laferriere, Fleming Island

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THE PRESIDENT’S FIRST YEAR

BRAVO TO TRUMP

I say “Bravo!” to having a man in the White House who can speak for himself and not be afraid to show how great America really is as a nation.

To reclaim these United States in just one year — and without any help from Congress — is astonishing.

There are so many things President Donald Trump has done, but the one that I admire him for the most is telling the truth about how things have been run in Washington.

Janet Guerra, St. Johns

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PRESIDENT TRUMP

WHY FAT-SHAME HIM?

It was comical to see some of the “cool” people on TV try to fat-shame President Donald Trump.

I thought it was improper for doctors to diagnose patients without actually having examined them.

A recent letter from a doctor gave a list of reasons why Trump should be considered to be in poor health.

Those are nice guidelines to follow.

But you have to look at every factor.

Trump abstains from drinking alcohol or using tobacco. We don’t really know his exercise regimen. And he certainly didn’t falter on the campaign trail.

Now back to the bullying: I thought that we were trying to eliminate that.

Some of the attacks on Trump have been very mean-spirited.

John C. White, Orange Park