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Was THIS why Michelle Obama was given such a hefty pay increase when she was employed at the University of Chicago?

"Sen. Barack Obama's wife and three close advisers have been involved with a program at the University of Chicago Medical Center that steers patients who don't have private insurance -- primarily poor, black people -- to other health care facilities."

"Michelle Obama -- currently on unpaid leave from her $317,000-a-year job as a vice president of the prestigious hospital -- helped create the program, which aims to find neighborhood doctors for low-income people who were flooding the emergency room for basic treatment. Hospital officials say such patients hinder their ability to focus on more critically ill patients in need of specialized care, such as cancer treatment and organ transplants."

http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/obama/1122691,CST-NWS-hosp23.article

And here I thought The Obama's cared about the less fortunate?!

 
LoriKeet

Asked by LoriKeet at 8:14 PM on Jul. 27, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • I think it is sick. Patient dumping, blantant patient dumping. Of course I knew a long time ago she was no prize..............for the first time in my adult life I am proud to be an American...oh barf.
    yourspecialkid

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 10:28 PM on Jul. 27, 2009

  • whats so bad about that
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:18 PM on Jul. 27, 2009

  • for the love of manny, moe and jack!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:19 PM on Jul. 27, 2009

  • Saw that the other day on the news. Interesting isn't it??
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 8:19 PM on Jul. 27, 2009

  • patient dumping. nice
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:31 PM on Jul. 27, 2009

  • That is not patient dumping and it serves and very real and practical need. They directed them to clinic that can help them with their medical needs That ARE NOT an emergency. I agree that there are alot of poor people going to the emergency room for things that can be taken care of by a normal doctor. That they aren't emergencies. If there were more clinics like that for low-income people it would help everyone. Especially the ERs.


    patient dumping. nice

    soonmommyof3

    Answer by soonmommyof3 at 8:40 PM on Jul. 27, 2009

  • I'd heard there was a lawsuit pending on the patient dumping.The ER should never deny treatment.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:50 PM on Jul. 27, 2009

  • "The University of Chicago Medical Center has received a good deal of justly opprobrious press over its policy of "redirecting" low-income patients to community hospitals while reserving  its own beds for well-heeled patients requiring highly profitable procedures. Substantial coverage was given to a recent indictment of the program by the American College of Emergency Physicians. ACEP's president, Dr. Nick Jouriles, released a statement suggesting that the initiative comes "dangerously close to ‘patient dumping,' a practice made illegal by the Emergency Medical Labor and Treatment Act, and reflected an effort to ‘cherry pick' wealthy patients over poor."

    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 8:57 PM on Jul. 27, 2009

  • Such "cherry-picking," as Dr. Jouriles accurately describes it, was, at one time, fairly common. Prestigious institutions like the University of Chicago Medical Center routinely "dumped" Medicaid, uninsured and other unprofitable patients on less mercenary community hospitals. Many patients suffered needlessly, and more than a few actually died, as the result of this practice. So, in 1986, President Reagan signed the Emergency Medical Labor and Treatment Act (EMTALA) into law. EMTALA made such "redirection" illegal, but many high profile hospitals still chafed at being forced to treat poor patients. Enter Michelle Obama, UCMC's "Vice President for Community and External Affairs."
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 8:57 PM on Jul. 27, 2009

  • LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 8:57 PM on Jul. 27, 2009

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