Wisconsin has gutted Medicaid, no mandated ratios!

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    So with all the craziness befuddling many Wisconsinites lately a new tightly kept secret was finally brought to light. Governor Scott Walker has not only gutted Badgercare (Wisconsin's Medicaid) which many farmers rely on as well as low income and buy ins by people who have two part time jobs for instance, Seniorcare which is an RX drug program for low income Seniors (which had a $20mil surplus), cut the end-stage chronic renal program, and Familycare which helps to pay for long term care for disabled and poor elderly individuals. Also, there is absolutely no nurse to patient mandated ratio in Wisconsin (let alone hourly mandates).

    Many of our hospitals that give care to Medicaid patients are already overburdened as we have had hospitals close, not to mention the many who have lost insurance only going in when they catastrophically need emergency care. This is going to shift the costs to hospitals who will then do two things, raise rates on cash paying patients, and cut staff to the smallest possible amount even if that means 12 patients to a nurse, as I see it anyway.

    Most hospital systems are non-profit but having worked for one that is supposedly religious in nature, I can assure you it is a farce in some cases as I worked on the "for-profit" side. It is hard enough as a new RN to find a job but with hospitals tightening their belts not only do I fear it hard to find a job (even at a nursing home), I fear the patient safety aspect of this.

    It has been well documented that not only hourly mandates over 12 hours but high nurse to patient ratios can be directly tied to medical error and patient mortality. Is it going to even be safe to practice nursing in my state?

    I love my state so dearly and if what I fear happens, I fear our world-class award winning health care system will look like one of a third-world country, little supplies, rationing care, deciding monetarily if a life is worth saving because "we cannot afford it".

    What are your thoughts?
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    Should have said high patient to nurse ratio, oopsies
    lindarn and Faeriewand like this.
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    Wow. Just wow. I know that already a few hospitals in SE WI have for the past year or so been just hiring PT nurses too and with they hourly pay rate so low to begin with. You gotta wonder if it is smart to start into nursing if you need to make any kind of money to pay your bills.
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    12 patients to one nurse NOOOOOOO WAYYYYYYY

    6 is enough to work with already
    nicurn001, NaKcl, GooeyRN, and 2 others like this.
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    Excellent comments Epona! Thanks for sharing! Looking forward to reading the responses to this thread.
    lindarn likes this.
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    I fear what is/has happened in Wisconsin is only going to spread to other states.
    VickyRN, lindarn, tewdles, and 1 other like this.
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    Quote from patient1977
    I fear what is/has happened in Wisconsin is only going to spread to other states.
    Not if everybody gets out to vote, and votes against the far-right.
    drmorton2b, Nurse Leigh, Nurserandy, and 2 others like this.
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    Very unfortunately, I think this is just the beginning...!
    caregiver1977, lindarn, and tewdles like this.
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    This has nothing to do with the "far right" as you call it. The country is broke. States have no choice but to cut their budgets. We can not continue to rack up massive debt in this country. We are bankrupting our children's futures.
    ammonthenephite, VickyRN, piglett, and 14 others like this.
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    Wisconsin already has a high income tax rate (7%). If they can't afford to provide free healthcare, they can't afford it. You can't tax people much higher than 7% to the state, plus what they pay in Federal and other taxes.

    People are going to have to purchase individual policies, or go to clinics, doctors that accept cash, etc. When we were uninsured we called around and found a doctor that took cash and paid a fraction of what he would have charged if he had to bill insurance.

    It's not hopeless and the state is dealing with their debt, I'm sure it will be safe to practice nursing in that state. As far as I can tell, that program only existed since 2006, so I doubt it was unsafe to practice nursing in Wisconsin at all times prior to 2006.
    piglett likes this.

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