GOVERNOR CORZINE AND DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP FAILED NEW JERSEY HOSPITALS

22 10 2009

The Corzine administration and Democrat leadership that claim to care for New Jersey health care system has failed New Jersey hospitals.

A total of 15 acute-care hospitals have closed around the state since 1997, including 11 in the northeastern counties of Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Passaic, according to the New Jersey Hospital Association.  Among the most recent are Barnert Hospital in Paterson, Pascack Valley in Westwood and Union Hospital. We have witnessed dramatic fall of Passaic hospitals with the last of the three in bankruptcy proceedings this year.

All of this happened under years of Democrat rule in New Jersey.

The Kaiser Family Foundation, a national foundation committed to sound health policy, ranks New Jersey 50th — second lowest in the nation — in terms of healthcare expenditures to hospitals. And Public Citizen, a national consumer watchdog group, ranked New Jersey’s Medicaid program 39th out of the 50 states, largely due to its poor reimbursement to providers. New Jersey, in fact, ranked dead last in reimbursement, according to the Public Citizen analysis. Other groups have witnessed New Jersey’s difficulties and responded. Standard & Poor’s, a major Wall Street ratings group, has downgraded the credit rating of many New Jersey hospitals and predicts that the state will experience additional hospital closures due to its harsh marketplace.

Major problem causing hospital closing is not enough funding for charity care. Presently, all hospitals receive at least 50 cents back for every $1 of charity care they provide. Those “safety net” hospitals that serve most of New Jersey’s uninsured population must receive at least 96 cents to ensure their ability to continue serving patients. We estimate that at least 50 percent of the charity care is used by illegal aliens using the emergency rooms in our hospitals.

As a result the unfunded mandates on hospitals effectively ask them to provide uninsured individuals with the catastrophic health insurance they are free not to procure, at the expense of insured patients and, in the case of investor-owned hospitals, of shareholders as well.

In 1995, New Jersey had 112 acute care hospitals. As of 2008, there were 75 hospitals remaining with half of them losing money.

Most recently, Senator Weinberg, Assembly members Johnson and Huttle oppose reopening of the Pascack Valley Hospital denying access to health care for residents of the Northeastern Bergen County. Governor Corzine has been silent on this topic.

Closed Hospitals

1992 …………………………Kennedy Memorial Hospital, Saddle Brook

1995 …………………………………………….Zurbrugg Hospital, Riverside

1997 ………………………………………………….United Hospital, Newark

1998 ……………………………………Marlboro State Psychiatric Hospital

1999 …………………………………………Montclair Community Hospital

1999 ……………………………………….South Amboy Memorial Hospital

2000 ……………………………………………………Point Pleasant Hospital

2001…………………………………………..West Jersey Hospital, Camden

2002 …………………………………………St. Francis Hospital, Jersey City

2002 ……………………………………….South Jersey Healthcare, Millville

2003 ……………………………………….General Hospital Center, Passaic

2003 …………………………………………West Hudson Hospital, Kearny

2004………………………………………………..Hospital Center at Orange

2006 ………………………………………………..Irvington General Hospital

2007 …………………………………………….PBI Regional Medical Center

2007…………………………….HEALTHSOUTH Specialty Hospital, Union

2007………………………………………………………………..Union Hospital

2007 ……………………………………Pascack Valley Hospital, Westwood

2007 ……………………………………………………….Care One at Pascack

2008 ………………………………………………..Barnert Hospital, Paterson

2008 …………………………………………..Saint James Hospital, Newark

2008 ……………………………………..LibertyHealth, Greenville Hospital

Closure Applications Pending

2008 …………………………………………….Columbus Hospital, Newark

2008 ………………….Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center, Plainfield

Bankruptcy Filings

2007 ………………………………………………..Barnert Hospital, Paterson

2007 …………………………………………………………..Bayonne Hospital

2007 ……………………………………Pascack Valley Hospital, Westwood

2007 ………………………………….PBI Regional Medical Center, Passaic

2007…………………………………………William B. Kessler, Hammonton

VOTE FOR WOJCIECH SIEMASZKIEWICZ FOR ASSEMBLY IN DISTRICT 37 ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3rd, 2009

Wojciech Siemaszkiewicz

Republican candidate for Assembly in District 37

District 37 includes: Bergenfield, Bogota, Englewood, Englewood Cliffs, Hackensack, Leonia, Maywood, Palisades Park, Ridgefield Park, Rochelle Park, Teaneck and Tenafly.

As posted at: http://www.takebackbergen.com/

(PolitickerNj.com/PBCJN)
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