Cash-Poor Governments Ditching Public Hospitals - page 2

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By SUZANNE SATALINE Faced with mounting debt and looming costs from the new federal health-care law, many local governments are leaving the hospital business, shedding public facilities that can be the caregiver of last... Read More


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    Why on earth aren't new grads being given minimum-wage or unpaid interships in these local hospitals and allowed to overcome the experiential gap? Seems like a great temporary solution that would keep some of these places staffed adequately so that they might outlast the recession and get out of the red.
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    Quote from mmm333
    Why on earth aren't new grads being given minimum-wage or unpaid interships in these local hospitals and allowed to overcome the experiential gap? Seems like a great temporary solution that would keep some of these places staffed adequately so that they might outlast the recession and get out of the red.

    I doubt if you'd find many, if any, new grads that would be willing to work for minimum wage or
    no wage, even for the experience.
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    I know new grads who would take an unpaid intership for experience if it were possible.
    Last edit by mmm333 on Sep 2, '10
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    In California people are paying money to enter preceptorship programs designed to help new grads maintain skills while unemployed, long after graduation. These programs are at nearly every major university with a nursing program and are funded partially by the state so that these people won't give up and enter other career fields. There is a current nursing glut even though a nursing shortage at some point is foreseen.
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    You understand these hospitals are run by local governments on locally-generated funds, and when housing values plummet, so do property tax revenues. On the other hand, the Federal government, which demands expenditures on the part of lower levels of government for its health initiatives, is doing nothing to help out those levels of government. If the Federal government really cared about health care, they'd throw trillions at it just like they put trillions in the pockets of big business stockholders with its bailouts. So the bad guy here isn't local government.


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