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  • maybe if they did not charge so much ,maybe people could pay something.

    • Anonymous

      It is the other way around. It costs more because so many pay nothing. 

      • Anonymous

        I wouldn’t let insurance companies off the hook here.

      • Is that why they charge $4,000.00 for a recovery room.

        • Anonymous

          rob, are you serious with some of your daft posts? are you so ill-informed about the way things work or are you just trolling?

      • Anonymous

        The salaries of the management keeps going up and performance goes down.  The last CEO was paid $350,000.  A VP makes $250,000, another is paid $200K and another VP makes $160K. 

        No be grudging hte docs their pay check but this group of management has not earned their salaries. This is welfare for *bad* performance at the expense of tax payors.

        Source of salaries is Pen Bay’s IRS 990 tax forms filed for 2011. See guidestar.org

    • Anonymous

      Insurance companies negotiate for lower payments to hospitals and doctors. I would hope people without insurance could do the same.

  • jimbobhol

    You give away free healthcare and wonder by your broke.  How do they know the people who received  the free healthcare should have been on Mainecare.   Just because you have a lower income doesn’t mean you get Mainecare.  Sounds to me as if they have a business model that’s not working anymore and needs adjustments. 

    • Anonymous

      Maybe the adjustment should be in the choice of Governors.  When he changed the rules on Mainecare he shifted the burdon to the hospitals.  They are caught between a rock and a hard place.  Just another example of a hospital going under so the rich in this State can have their tax break.  The next closest hospital is Waldo County in Belfast.  A long ride when you need immediate care.

      • Anonymous

        The burden is on the taxpayers either way — people either qualify for MaineCare or they use the hospital system without paying.  In the end the taxpayer covers it either through MaineCare or by covering the expense the hospital has absorbed in freecare.  The real issue is in access and use of the system — the ER is a costly option overburdened with colds, flus, and the like which do not require the expertise or cost of an ER visit.

        • Anonymous

          I agree on the frivolous use of the ER.  Some have no choice though.  Doctors can refuse to see someone sick who is not an emergency and has no money to pay leaving no choice for those who have no insurance except the ER.  Pen Bay has been referring many bof those to clinics if there is no emergency.  Since the changes in the healthcare rules is Maine, there are many more left without insurance.  Outside of Mainecare and Medicare, I personally know very few with health insurance.

  • Anonymous

    It’s really State Law, not, a generous hospital. The clients simply do not have any property to go after, for the hospital will go after the payment, lien on property, etc, but they cannot refuse treatment.

  • Anonymous

    Send the Lincoln County Health Care trustees up there, they’ll fix it fast by shutting it down. Knee jerk reactions can work, although not well.

  • Anonymous

    Posters  of comments here should read the related story,
    Maine hospitals among 2,211 to be penalized by Medicare for readmissions
    There is a particularly good post by a physician, Dr. Beverly Bley.

  • One also has to wonder how many of these healthcare organizations are not even being paid by the state.  There was an article some time ago detailing the fact that the state owed hospitals back mainecare payments in the millions.

    That’s akin to an insurance company simply not paying the claims submitted by the hospital.

    Wouldn’t surprise me if PenBay, Lincoln etc. was owed millions by the state in back payments.  Those millions could stem the tide and bleeding of free care.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t blame the hospitals; blame LePage and his cronies and the congress of the U.S. A. This is only the beginning if we don’t get them out of office and dare to let R & R in.

    • Anonymous

      If I recall correctly, it was Balcacci and Co. who refused to pay hospitals the money we owed them and LePage is the person we voted in to office to take care of these leftover problems from the previous administration. 

      • Anonymous

        Did you happen to read the article?

  • It might also have something to do with the fact that all the managers in the hospital now have Iphones that the hospital paid for.  This way they can always be reached.  Gee what did people do without the benefit of being able to be contacted or contact someone else 24 hours a day.  We complain about how much it costs to get healthcare and these hospitals complain about not getting paid by the state and then they go and get iPhones for everyone?  Is there something wrong with this picture or is it just me?

  • Anonymous

    I really think the whole point of Pen Bay releasing this report is so that they can validate cutting positions in 3….2….1….

    Somehow I bet it wont be a cut from the top.

  • I read the article about the impoverished Pen Bay Healthcare to see if I could learn what the Pen Bay Healthcare President and Chief Executive Officer got for a yearly salary.

    Can you tell me?

    The humble Farmer

    • Anonymous

      Humble here you go… I posted this above.  apologies to thers for the repeat. 
      The salaries of the management keeps going up and performance goes down.  The last CEO was paid $350,000.  A VP makes $250,000, another is paid $200K and another VP makes $160K.  No be grudging hte docs their pay check but this group of management has not earned their salaries. This is welfare for *bad* performance at the expense of tax payors.Source of salaries is Pen Bay’s IRS 990 tax forms filed for 2011. See guidestar.orgThe new CEO’s salary is not available yet. But why don’t you just ask him? He does seem like a reasonable person – and he knows it will be public with the next tax filing.  Importantly, WJ has a track record of success.  He just needs to clean house – just in his managment suite of offices.  Those non-performers are not worth their pay check.  Let’s face it leadership starts at the top with all of them.

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