Why It Matters
The hospital industry has embraced a “bigger is better” Wall Street approach to health care that is putting profits ahead of patients – ahead of its mission of caring for patients and communities.
While hospitals in Massachusetts have posted profits in excess of $1 billion, they are using our taxpayer dollars to pay their CEOs enormous salary and benefit packages, cutting needed services and forcing their nurses to care for too many patients at one time, which is putting patients and communities at risk.
In response to this patient safety crisis, The Committee to Ensure Safe Patient Care is promoting two ballot initiatives that will dramatically improve patient safety in Massachusetts hospitals. The Hospital Profit Transparency and Fairness Act will ensure that your taxpayer subsidies are being used for health care as intended and that patients and communities have access to the care and services they need, while The Patient Safety Act will ensure patients are safe when they receive care in the hospital.
So the next time you or a loved one are admitted to a hospital for a medical issue – JUST ASK (how are my taxpayer dollars being used to ensure I receive the care I need? And how many other patients will my nurse will be caring for today?) It could save your life!