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Letters to the Editor for March 4, 2012


Ocala, FL - March 4, 2012

Published in the Star-Banner on Sunday, March 4, 2012 at 6:30 a.m.

Safety net

Why change something that isn't broken?
Munroe Regional Medical Center is a safety-net hospital for those of us who are uninsured. Our hospital, MRMC, is a crown jewel in the area.

If it turns into a for-profit hospital where do the uninsured go? Where do the working poor or underinsured, of whom there are many in this area, go? Where do pregnant mothers go? Because, as we all know, for-profit hospitals do not provide these services. The reasons are no profit and high insurance rates.

If MRMC does not stay a public hospital, it will be a black eye on our community. The idea of a sustainable community is to have services for all the people — not just the privileged.
Wake up, residents of Ocala/Marion County, before it is too late. Don't let the powers that be take away a vital resource.

Demand that any changes to MRMC be voted on by us, the residents of this area, so we don't become like other communities without safety-net hospitals.

Fred W. Christian Jr.