City Budget Cuts Will Privatize Dialysis Services at NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC)
The closing of nine hospitals in New York City since Christine Quinn became Speaker of the City Council wasn't enough.
Now comes the Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), which is undertaking a four-year plan of healthcare cuts, which were approved in the last New York City budget.
Among the shocking cutbacks in the city budget are plans to slash funding to HHC, which is translating into dangerous healthcare cuts to the city's underinsured and uninsured citizens.
Among the dangers of privatized dialysis services is higher mortality rates, or, in plain English, patients are more apt to die if they receive dialysis treatment from privatized healthcare companies than if they continue to receive dialysis treatment from HHC.
"Patient survival rates are worse than expected at two Atlantic Dialysis clinics in the Bronx and Brooklyn, according to Medicare.gov, and some patients have left River Renal for dialysis services at HHC-run facilities even if they have to travel further," according to DC 37.