Friday, January 26, 2007

Rumpelstiltskin Clinic

Remember the tale of Rumpelstiltskin.......

Pay up or we keep baby, Indonesian clinic tells poor parents

Anywhere else this would be considered kidnapping.
An Indonesian clinic is keeping a baby until her impoverished parents pay the escalating bill for her delivery and care.

Though it may become the norm in the United States if Bush's health care insurance plan goes through as it will deny funding to hospitals who cover services to the working poor who are uninsured, in order to supplement state funded health insurance plans.

SUSAN DENTZER: And, in effect, what this federal offer now is, is basically to take dollars that are currently channeled under Medicaid and Medicare to hospitals that have a so-called disproportionate share of the uninsured, take those dollars that now go to support those institutions that care for the uninsured, and channel them, instead, to help states expand coverage for the population.

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