Chaos behind a veil of secrecy

Published: Tuesday, Jun. 17, 2014 - 10:06 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, Jun. 18, 2014 - 9:29 am

Re "California nurses association plays hardball" (Viewpoints, June 17): If Ellen Corbett's hearing was a staged, one-sided show, blame her, not the nurses. However, don't tell readers that Tom Campbell's approach is preferable to the nurses' accounting.

A hospital's chargemaster list reflects substantially higher rates over costs. Most third-party payers have already negotiated steep discounts from those on the chargemaster list. Why should the difference in charge over cost be counted as charity? It may simply be lost profit. That's not charity.

Sen. Corbett's question, "Are taxpayers getting a fair deal?" is a fair one. We need a not-for-profit, public administered health insurance plan. Until then, we will remain subjected to corporate profit schemes. Taxpayers deserve transparent accounting and real charity care devoid of chargemaster smoke and mirrors.

-- Kevin Reilly, MSN, EdD (c), RN, Oakland

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