The proposed St. Luke’s Medical Center footprint leaves all East End residents uneasy except those now in Pioneer Cemetery, and given the medical center’s ambitions, even that cemetery could be at risk.
This plan will not serve to control or reduce medical care costs as has been recently disclosed by expert federal court witnesses and court decisions. Further, medical cost controls are not guaranteed by repairs and restructuring older medical facilities due to the new architectural requirements of current medical care delivery. One national medical delivery system abandons hospitals for new ones after 40 to 50 years age.
Population demographic changes have required both the Mayo and Cleveland clinics to establish near duplicate facilities in various Southern states to retain market share. Even Johns Hopkins has had to establish remote hospitals and clinics while buying nearby Baltimore property to preserve their neighborhood. St. Luke’s owning more Boise is not to save us.
Both Boise city and our county’s move to accommodate these new demands by St. Luke’s could be costly. How will these costs be met? What would be their impact upon our utility costs and property taxes?
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This St. Luke’s plan is to further serve Idaho. Should our city further serve St. Luke’s demands?
Frederick W. Bauer, M.D., Boise