Monday, March 22, 2010

How Does Healthcare Reform Affect Wishard?


Last November, Marion County voters approved a referendum to build a new Wishard Hospital. Wishard Hospital, of course, is the hospital in Indianapolis that is devoted to serving uninsured patients. In the old days, this type of hospital used to be called a "charity hospital." Most cities have done away with their charity hospitals.

Last year, Wishard folks acted with urgency to push through a referendum on the new hospital and opted to have it decided in a special election rather than wait until the May 2010 primary. At the time, I wondered if Wishard was racing to beat the Obama health care reform which would provide insurance to the uninsured and give those folks who now go exclusively to Wishard the right to go to hospitals other than Wishard for their medical care. In short, the Obama health care plan could end up diverting people to other hospitals leaving Wishard without its enormous pool of uninsured patients.

The Indianapolis Business Journal has an article today examining the impact of the health care reform bill. It did not, however, discuss the impact of the law on Wishard.

4 comments:

guy77money said...

Now we know why they pushed the referendum through so quickly. It will be interesting to see if their nursing home money will dry up due to this bill. Then once again the tax payer will be on the hook for this expansion project.

Downtown Indy said...

We shall see whether Matt Gutwein keeps promises or not.

Guest said...

Well I still have the written proof of the lie, support the referendum with no tax increase....So they pull this trick the people should sue for being lied to..... But where are the lawyers willing to do what is right....

Marycatherine Barton said...

I invite the IBJ to do an analysis about how the writer thinks that the so-called health reform law will impact on Wishard Hospital. That would be very welcome indeed!