Posts Tagged: charity

Opinion

All dialysis patients should have access to care

A nurse in a hospital renal unit starts dialysis treatment on a patient. (Photo: Tyler Olson)

OPINION: I first started having problems with my kidneys when I was 11-years-old.  By the time I was 20, I was on dialysis. I was able to keep my kidneys for a while, but as often happens with kidney disease, the illness eventually took over. Almost 40 years and three kidney transplants later, I have beaten the odds by staying alive, but only because of the dialysis treatment I receive every day.

News

Prime Healthcare deal falls through

Prime Healthcare has decided not to buy six California health care facilities, a highly controversial transaction that was approved under unprecedented conditions by Attorney General Kamala Harris last month. Officials for the financially strained Daughters of Charity Health System chain say failure to complete the sale will force them to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

News

Harris okays disputed hospital chain sale

State Attorney General Kamala Harris has approved the sale of six nonprofit Catholic health facilities to a controversial buyer under “strong conditions to ensure continued community access to essential healthcare services.”

Letters

In response to ProPublica

ProPublica took a variety of half-truths to create a totally false impression about the good works of the leading pro-troop, grassroots charity in America.

News

ProPublica: Charity for troops aids Tea Party

An illustration of promotional material from Move America Forward. (Photo:ProPublica)

From ProPublica: Move America Forward calls itself the nation’s “largest grassroots pro-troop organization,” and has recruited a bevy of Republican luminaries, including former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush and former Vice President Dick Cheney, to support its efforts. Yet an examination of its fundraising appeals, tax records and other documents shows that Move America Forward has repeatedly misled donors and inflated its charitable accomplishments, while funneling millions of dollars in revenue to the men behind the group and their political consulting firms.

Opinion

Hospitals’ abuse of charity care puts communities at risk

If there’s any label that has lost all meaning it must be “non-profit” hospital.

 

Long gone are the days when hospitals were small institutions, focused on patient care, and run by local boards accountable to their local communities.

 

Today, most “non-profit” hospitals are part of mega corporate chains, operated in secret by corporate

Opinion

Ill-defined ‘charity care’ mandate puts hospitals at risk

Huge changes, and a considerable amount of uncertainty, are facing the health care industry as California works to implement the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA).   Hospitals must ensure there are enough beds and services, and  health care professionals, to meet the needs of millions of Californians who, for the first time, will be able to

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