America’s hospitals are open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. And everyday, in every hour, doctors, nurses, surgeons, administrators, and other allied medical professionals provide vital services to our communities.
Hospitals admit nearly 35 million people each year. They treat more than 129 million people in their ERs. They deliver over 3.7 million babies. Virtually every American has benefited in some way from the care of their local hospital – as a patient, a grateful friend or relative, or as a caregiver.
Hospitals are always there for us in our time of need. And now, we need to be there for them.
Dire budget cuts could make it harder for hospitals to meet the needs of patients in their communities. These cuts – in the form of the sequester and possible cuts proposed in debt ceiling negotiations – could create longer lines at the ER, force some trauma centers to close, and reduce access to cutting edge technology.
Tell Congress we need to keep our hospitals strong.
In 2011 alone, hospitals provided care to people in need at a cost of over $41 billion, for which no payment was received. They have taken $95 billion in budget cuts already in the last four years. Further cuts will make it harder for hospitals to meet the needs of patients in their communities.
On behalf of the 129 million people hospitals treat in emergency rooms and the 35 million people hospitals admit each year, I urge you to prevent additional cuts to hospitals that will create longer lines in the ER, force some trauma centers to close, and reduce access to cutting edge medical technology.
Hospitals are always there for us in our time of need. It’s time for us to be there for them.