WERE ANY OF YOU AWARE OF THIS????? I CERTAINLY WASN'T!Health care laws leave hospitals overwhelmed by 'permanent patients'For Barbara Latasiewicz, home was a hospital room. The Poland native, who had cleaned homes in the Chicago area for 20 years, suffered a stroke while on the job in September 2009. An ambulance took her to Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital in Illinois.
"I was thinking that after a few days, that I'm just gonna get better," Latasiewicz told NBC’s Kate Snow through a translator in an interview airing April 25 at 9pm/8 c on Rock Center with Brian Williams.
Latasiewicz suffered paralysis on one side of her body, but eventually became well enough to leave the hospital. However, more than two years later, the 62-year-old was still in the hospital.
“She hasn’t needed to be in this acute facility for a long time,” said Richard Carroll, the hospital’s chief medical officer.
When asked about Latasiewicz’s more than two year stay at the hospital he oversees, Carroll said, “That’s really a function of how our health care system is working right now, which is it’s not working very well at all, particularly in cases like this.”
Carroll said that Latasiewicz belonged in a skilled nursing facility where she would receive a more appropriate rehabilitation, but she had no way to pay. Latasiewicz had no insurance and was an undocumented resident with no access to government safety-net programs like Medicaid. Without payment, no facility would take her.
The end result? Latasiewicz stayed at La Grange. Her care cost the hospital $1.4 million. A skilled nursing facility would have been a fraction of the cost.
MORE AT THE LINK, INCLUDING WHAT HAPPENS TO LATASIEWICZ IN THE END.IS THIS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A RICH NATION LIKE OURS DOESN'T HAVE A NATIONAL HEALTH CARE SYSTEM THAT ACTUALLY WORKS FOR EVERYONE? WHY DOES THIS POLAND NATIVE HAVE TO USE A TRANSLATOR AFTER BEING IN AMERICA FOR OVER 20 YEARS? THIS PROGRAM IS GOING TO CAUSE A LOT OF BACKLASH BOTH FOR AND AGAINST THE PRESIDENT'S HEALTH CARE PROGRAM. WHO WILL WIN IN THE LONG RUN?