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Helicopter to the ER

Gross, Ronald Ronald.Gross at baystatehealth.org
Thu May 7 15:19:50 BST 2015

We live in a society that is based on the concepts of capitalism, and
profit-maiking is inherent in this concept.  What is NOT inherent in the
concept is HIGHWAY ROBBERY  and if the cost that this aircraft company
wants to pass on to this patient (or any other, for that matter) is as
reported, then that is exactly what we are seeing.  Again, if this report
is true, in my opinion, this is an embarrassment to the entire system.  It
is just like the exorbitant charges that some Florida Hospitals were and
likely still are charging for their trauma activations.

Ronald I. Gross, MD, FACS
Chief, Division of Trauma, Acute Care Surgery & Surgical Critical Care
Baystate Medical Center
Associate Professor of Surgery
Tufts University School of Medicine
Ronald.gross at baystatehealth.org

On 5/7/15, 6:27 AM, "Doc Holiday" <drydok at hotmail.com> wrote:

>I am certain people will comment on this, but let's all remember to be
>careful so as not to appear as if we aim to stand in the way of
>After all, business is business and if it chooses to use medical services
>rather than selling shoes or flipping burgers as the substrate on which
>it feeds its revenue, then who could argue with that?
>Helicopters are risky and expensive. Big risk; big investment; big profit
>or big failure - there is an issue of scale which attracts attention to
>this aspect of business more than, say, to how much is charged for a box
>of tissues at some business hospitals. But this is not fair. Business is
>business and the primary principle must be that profit is the only
>overriding objective. The provision of health-related services (or shoes
>or burgers) is merely the means...
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