The Tribune Chronicle reports, "More than 50 full-time positions are being eliminated at Northside Medical Center in areas of nursing, respiratory, imaging and laboratory, hospital officials announced Thursday."
Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations Trish Hrina of ValleyCare Health System of Ohio (who operates Northside Medical Center as well as Trumbull Memorial Hospital and Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital) attributed the cuts to lower patient volumes and shrinking reimbursements.
Shrinking reimbursements from Medicare and Medicaid have significantly affected the availability of medical care for those relying on the government run medical insurance providers.
A growing number of doctors are opting out of Medicaid and Medicare, citing overwhelming paperwork and rules, as well as shrinking payment rates. The rates, at times, don't cover the doctor's expenses, which include supplies and the cost of an employee (or employees) necessary to keep up with the paperwork and ensure compliance with the changing rules.
Examples of such are;
- The Cleveland Clinic reported lay-offs and early retirement offerings to thousands of employees in preparation for Obamacare, as reported by Reuters
- Lawerence + Memorial Hospital in Connecticut who layed of 33 employees citing Medicare cuts and Obamacare as the cause, as reported by the Washington Free Beacon
- Covenant Health Systems in Texas layed off 49 employees citing Obamacare as the cause as reported by the Weekly Standard
With the Medicaid expansion pushed by Governor Kasich in response to Obamacare, the added expenditures will no doubt exacerbate the problem of diminishing reimbursements to medical professionals and facilities. Add to this the massive $718 billion in cuts to Medicare to pay for Obamacare, as reported by Forbes, and it is a recipe for disaster.
The report shows that for every $500 the law spends on preventive services and prescription drugs, it cuts the rest of Medicare by $7,385. This will be to the detriment of seniors who depend on Medicare.
In another Forbes report, Lt. Governor Mary Taylor advised Ohioans' insurance premiums will increase by 88% from 2013 to 2014 as a result of Obamacare. This doesn't even take into consideration the increases in deductibles and co-pays.
With the added cost burden placed on Ohioans (and Americans as a whole) it is not a far leap to say they will be more reluctant to seek medical treatment because they just cannot afford it. This will further decrease the patient pool at facilities like Northside Hospital, which, along with further diminishing reimbursements, will lead to further lay-offs from these facilities.
These costs will only be amplified for those being kicked off of their insurance due to Obamacare. The Administration knew that this would happen since at least June of 2010. This did not stop the president from continuously promise Americans that "If you like your insurance, you can keep your insurance."
The Administration knew up to 80% of those covered by small business employer plans and up to 64% of those covered by large business employer plans would lose their coverage, the National Register for June 17, 2010 page 34552 section e shows.
We have already lost Youngstown Osteopathic (Cafaro) Hospital and South Side Hospital, which caused wide scale unemployment. If this trend continues, if Obamacare is not defeated, Northside and St. Elizabeth's may not be far behind.