Letter to the Editor: Vote for change on hospital board
July 8, 2014
Over the past decade, the Tahoe Forest Hospital District Board has largely ducked its core responsibilities (as defined in its own bylaws and directives) toward the residents of our North Tahoe/Truckee community.
As a result, our hospital district has accumulated an extremely large, top-heavy, and uncommonly expensive administration; vainglorious unfilled and underused buildings; and, most worrisome, a focus on expensive and unnecessarily fancy specialty care and services — instead of assuring essential, value-based and much-needed primary care services.
Costs in our health system continue to rise beyond reason, and far too many of our residents continue to be forced to leave our North Tahoe community to obtain routine primary and otherwise essential health care at reasonable cost outside our district.
Further, the hospital board has caused North Tahoe/Truckee to suffer an excessive and unnecessary bond issue (Measure C, which helped fund the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center) for our little health system that will bite local businesses and residents in their sorry taxpaying behinds for years to come.
This coming November, three incumbent hospital board directors will be on the ballot for re-election. There will be three extremely well-qualified, experienced and community minded candidates running in opposition.
It's time for change.
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Lawrence Danto, MD