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Letters to the Editor for Nov. 29, 2011


Ocala, FL - November 29, 2011
Published: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 6:30 a.m.

What’s the rush?

As a businessperson, I have always tried to make major decisions after conducting a process of due diligence and proper analysis of available data. Reaching out to external sources for objective input is also a good idea, to make sure I’m keeping an open mind and I’m not insulating myself from information that could prove crucial in making the best decision. I’m fairly certain I’m not alone in this approach.

So I’m curious as to why Munroe Regional’s Board of Trustees seems so intent on making the decision whether or not to ask for an increased tax subsidy without taking the time for proper due diligence.

The governor has appointed the Commission on Review of Taxpayer-Funded Hospital Districts to look into how taxpayer dollars are used to pay for care throughout the state, and a report of their findings is due in January. This could be a significant source of input to consider before making that decision. So why not wait a few more months to hear them out?

The questions they’re considering are quite timely, and include whether the original purpose of government-owned hospitals still makes sense in Florida’s current health care system — a very important question to address. The commission is also asking if there is a more efficient way of maintaining accountability in the system for taxpayers, both in rate setting and how tax dollars are utilized for the uninsured.

Waiting until these issues are addressed and recommendations are made is essential for making the right decision, in my opinion. January is just around the corner.

Pete Whirle