Memorial is flexing down its staff, and of course it will start from the bottom. It would appear that the goal of the hospital is to keep the patients out, so why would it need the employees that might take the time to wipe your brow or see what is really the matter with you?
If you have been in the ER lately, you may have been there for many hours, but how long was anyone actually spending time with you? You may have been hooked to a monitor, but was anyone paying attention to it? No, they were waiting for lab results. If those results are normal and you don't go into cardiac arrest on the gurney, you're going home.
Health care is paying more attention to the dollar than the sick patients, and Memorial is no different than Kaiser or Doctors hospitals. The goal is to make you think you received good care, while actually giving you as little care as possible.
Maybe we should ask these hospitals how many of their employees are providing patient care and how many are administrators.
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