Re: "MultiCare collections process traumatic, local report contends" (TNT, 4-9).
So MultiCare CEO Bill Robertson thinks going to the hospital is the same as a trip to Safeway?
"We buy groceries, and we pay when we check out. Go to a sports event, and you have to pay before you get in," he said."
When I go to a sports event, I know exactly how much the hot dog is going to cost me and I can choose whether or not to buy it. If I land in the hospital, I have no idea what I will be charged or even what I am being charged for.
I have no choice about whether I want those $17 socks with little rubber tracks. I'd rather bring my own pitcher from the dollar store, but I don't have a choice but to pay whatever the hospital wants to charge me.
Assuming Robertson's salary is comparable to his predecessor's compensation of $1,442,412 per annum, I can see why he is not worried about how to pay his hospital bill should he ever be so unfortunate as to land in one of his hospitals. I am sure he will whip his checkbook out right up front.