Saturday, November 21, 2009

Where the Money Goes

  • They come from miles away for free treatment at Stroger Hospital, and if you live in Cook County, you're paying for it.

    And it's not just in Illinois. Doctors and hospitals from all over the Midwest are telling patients without insurance to go to Stroger.

  • In 2008, 26,000 patients came from the Collar Counties; 25,000 were from downstate counties; 1,800 came from Indiana; and 5,200 were from other areas.
$50 million worth of subsidizing the downtrodden of other counties and other states. $50 million could have saved the Toddler a lot of heartache in the media and in his own Board Meetings. Hell, you save $50 million in these times and you're on your way to re-election in a landslide. As it is, every idiot commissioner who isn't raising a stink about this deserves to lose their jobs.

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38 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

For the sake of the patients, well I can't blame them. Think about the tax money pulled from state and federal funds that help support the county hospitals? Mind you that most of the traveling patients don't pay the taxes, but the hospitals are supported by more than the Crook County system. I'm just saying.....

11/21/2009 12:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many came from other countries?

11/21/2009 02:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another reason to throw the bums out starting with Stroger!

They can't manage money!

11/21/2009 06:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So what's wrong with sending them back where they came from?

Cook County needs to make a big effort to let all of the other hospitals, clinics, medical practices, medical associations, and M.D.'s know, that effective 01 Jan 10, there will be NO treatment of any kind provided for non-residents of Cook County and refer them back to their referring medical provider.

Let the suburban and county hospitals in other counties step up and handle their own water. And some of these other areas are way wealthier than we are here in Cook County. I'm sick and tired of sooo many people sucking the life out of my paycheck.

No wonder the Toddler needs to keep that 1/2 penny county tax in the budget! So we can take care of everybody who refuses to take reponsibility for their own life. Fuck 'em. Turn them away. Nobody ever wants to give me anything for free.

I've GOT insurance and when I see a doctor, my insurance card is more important to these jags than whatever health issue I may have. It should be no different for anyone else. If they don't like it they can go back to Mexico or get a job that doesn't include illegal activity and NO benefits!

11/21/2009 06:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is no accountability whatsoever with proof of residency. Little known fact, Cook County has "secret" health insurance packages that will be given to anyone who calls a certain number and applies. You don't have to prove you have no insurance or like in Cook County.

Ghetto government.

11/21/2009 06:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A BIG part of the problem exists within the system itself. I know of one case where an employee of the city health clinic is fronting for dozens of illegals, some of whom have since moved away from the city but still return to get free city health services.

In fact, some of these people actually live in Mexico, and either return here to get their free 3 month prescriptions for themselves and all of their children, or they have relatives pick them up and ship them to Mexico. wtf?

11/21/2009 06:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And I'm sure none of the employees pocket a box of syringes or band-aids or a bottle of asprin or cough medicine every day, because they are all toddler's relatives and they wouldn't steal anything, right?

11/21/2009 07:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

welcome to obamacare. yeah, it will work and COST YOU LESS!

11/21/2009 07:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

maybe Stroger will raise the taxes again to pay for patients from every state. He is quiet about this issue?

11/21/2009 09:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And in daleys sanctuary city all the illegals flock to every hospital,that is forced to treat these pos,which causes the taxpayers to wait for services,daley and his crime family+the 50 cowards have really fucked up this once great city! Hurry up arbitrator before daley takes more,give us our much deserved piece of the pie!

11/21/2009 09:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Welfare Reform".....NOW

11/21/2009 10:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You will never get any meaningful change with the democrats in power in cook county and the city. They know that by letting these folks from outside the county into the health system, it increases their power and adds jobs. If you compare county hospital with a private hospital, side by side, you will see the inflated diffence in costs for everything.

11/21/2009 10:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is one of many reasons why Chicago Police Officers are running for Cook County Board Positions. We will not allow our county to be the ones holding the bag while other counties laugh at our choices. Change all board members.

11/21/2009 11:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why don't they bill the the counties that these patients reside in? How many are illegal? Cook County taxpayers should not be subsidizing everyone on this earth who can't afford healthcare.

11/21/2009 11:24:00 AM  
Anonymous when "they" became "us" said...

Health care reform for the conservative masses: ship "them" back to where ever "they" came from -- never forget to have someone else pay, just as long as the someone else ain't "us". Unless you're an American Indian, it's time to ship your ass on back to the homeland. I've done my part and booked a third-class passage on the Vaterland. Düsseldorf here I come.

11/21/2009 12:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

every person treated at any hospital should be fingerprinted and information given to collection agencies. alot of people have jobs , money , cars , housing from illegal activities
no one cares because the US Citizens are paying for the unemployed , non tax paying people

11/21/2009 01:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have no doubt many of these are in the country illegally. But Daley and the Democratic boys have made it so that we can't ask that question. It would be nice to send a bill to the Mexican government for services rendered.

11/21/2009 01:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, so Paco or Tyrone or Stashou get sick and none have Health Insurance or money. They need a $500 procedure done or they will die. Do you say screw you, gimme the $500 or go curl up and die somewhere? You or I may say HELL YES! If its THAT important they'll find a way to get the money.

I'm afraid, however, that many others will say, OMG you heartless bastards! We can't just let them die! Where is your humanity?

And there you have it.

11/21/2009 01:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do your research and consider supporting some officers who are running for office in 2010.

Brock Merck, a Green Party candidate for Commissioner of the 9th District of Cook County

John Garrido, Republican Party candidate for President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners.
www.Garrido2010.com

Michael Carroll, 46th Ward Alderman.
http://www.Carroll46.com

11/21/2009 02:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been told stories that illegals fly into O'hare field from all over the world. Get in a cab, and go straight to Cook County Hospital.

P.S. We love you Todd,and all the good work you do.

11/21/2009 04:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a common problem in all county / safety net hospitals across the country. There is a rule called EMTALA that says you have to treat patients that are significantly at risk of dying. But - that is it. You can legally turn patients away. It is typically the choice of the providers to not do this due to the very negative press. Anyone who thinks that there isn't universal healthcare today is fooling themselves. There will be no real change in delivery of care in this country if this bill passes. Let's call it exactly what it is - a huge tax increase.

11/21/2009 04:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

have you ever been in Stroger??? the line to be seen by the initial nurse (triage) looks like a line at Disney World..zigzagging back and forth with hundreds in line and Im sure it is like that every day...

11/21/2009 05:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know a guy who lives in Lake County who had several surgeries at Cook County hosptials at government expense but as I understand it, it is charged back to Lake County somehow.

11/21/2009 08:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look at the big raises for CC employees. Makes me sick.

11/21/2009 09:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stroger is supposed to bill the other counties for service to their residents. But it has been brought out in the papers that Stroger is way behind in billing and collecting......

11/21/2009 11:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's the commonly held belief that health care is a right.

it's not.

the only individual right involved in health care is your right to keep yourself as healthy as possible, by not being compelled to do things that make you sick.

every body dies, it's just a question of when.

11/22/2009 02:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No I.D. No service. What's the problem...

11/22/2009 07:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When people talk about "illegals", 9 out of 10 times they are referring to Mexican Nationals. Ok, fine. Has anyone ever looked into how the Mexican Government handles this on their soil? I'm sure Mexico has their share of illegals.

Do the hospitals in Mexico City welcome illegals with open arms? Can an illegal walk into one of their hospitals with no form of payment and still expect to be treated?

Do Mexican officials champion the rights of illegals in their cities? Their country?

This would make one hell of a story for either Republicans or Democrats. Why hasn't someone in the media investigated this?

11/22/2009 08:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

when "they" became "us" said...
Health care reform for the conservative masses: ship "them" back to where ever "they" came from -- never forget to have someone else pay, just as long as the someone else ain't "us". Unless you're an American Indian, it's time to ship your ass on back to the homeland. I've done my part and booked a third-class passage on the Vaterland. Düsseldorf here I come.


Hey liberal jackass, Conservatives only want to ship those who are illegal back. Morons like you try to claim we are against all immigration which is a falsehood. We open our arms to the legal, not those pieces of crap that break our laws. Go listen to MSNBC and STFU!

11/22/2009 09:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If they'd stop treating foreigners at all these freaking hospitals.....oh forget it

11/22/2009 09:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is one of many reasons why Chicago Police Officers are running for Cook County Board Positions. We will not allow our county to be the ones holding the bag while other counties laugh at our choices. Change all board members.

11/21/2009 11:00:00 AM

yea ok that should help. just like the sgt union and our pension board

11/22/2009 09:47:00 AM  
Anonymous hippy-dippy-1 said...

Anonymous said...
Okay, so Paco or Tyrone or Stashou get sick and none have Health Insurance or money. They need a $500 procedure done or they will die. Do you say screw you, gimme the $500 or go curl up and die somewhere? You or I may say HELL YES! If its THAT important they'll find a way to get the money.

I'm afraid, however, that many others will say, OMG you heartless bastards! We can't just let them die! Where is your humanity?

And there you have it.

11/21/2009 01:38:00 PM
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Deep down I don't believe anyone is about to let sick people die because of lack of funds. The fact is these folks do get treated when necessary, but not very conveniently. That is the crux of the problem with the Obama etal health care ploy. The claim of 36 or 47 million without care just isn't true. In the US nearly everyone that needs care gets it, maybe not conveniently, thus the long lines a County. People do get treated in time, and that is as it should be. I believe when other conties ship patients to Cook County, they are expected to pay the bill. I also suspect that Cook County's billing is slow, to be kind.

11/22/2009 12:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Easy fix for this problem!

Check the peoples I.D. if it doesn't have a Cook county address then tell the people sorry go back to Dupage county for help and escort them out of the hospital.

Then again this county has a bunch of balless, liberal suck asses!

11/22/2009 04:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welfare reform right the hell now.

11/22/2009 05:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They sure do line up. That's one of the reasons St. Francis in Blue Island went broke. It's going broke again as Metro South. It's bullshit!

11/22/2009 05:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It won't eeeever happen. The voters all want the hand outs and the something for nothing. Nope not gonna change, its what the hopey changey is all about. Ha, everyone lookin for a hand out and that what the voters Cook county wanted. Its the Democrat way.

11/22/2009 10:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Escort them out of the hospital to go back to their county.... hmmm great idea except when you get sued for millions cuz Paco croaked on the way back to where ever he came from. Some hospitals won't even make people walk across a parking lot to get to a clinic. Torte reform isn't in any health care bill. Under Nancy's bill we'll be sending people who don't buy health insurance to prison for 5 years. Get ready for all those jails for the amish and the mennonites. And oh yeah under democrat rule health care is a right don'cha know.

11/22/2009 10:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
This is one of many reasons why Chicago Police Officers are running for Cook County Board Positions. We will not allow our county to be the ones holding the bag while other counties laugh at our choices. Change all board members.

11/21/2009 11:00:00 AM

yea ok that should help. just like the sgt union and our pension board

11/22/2009 09:47:00 AM


Thank god a Lt of Police is running for President of Cook County Board because we all know they are of the highest integrity and beyond reproach. They never, well, not lately anyway, caught a Lt. doing anything wrong. That will sure attract the voters by droves, a chicago police officer is running, he will take care of your money all right. Trust him, and/or her.

11/23/2009 07:40:00 AM  

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