County debates the future of University Medical Center
The only public hospital in Clark County could go through some major changes if county commissioners decide to make it run more like a private business.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Clark County, NV (KTNV) -- The only public hospital in Clark County could go through some major changes if county commissioners decide to make it run more like a private business.
The Clark County Commission is considering a bill drafted for next year's legislature that would allow for a separate board to oversee and manage University Medical Center instead of the commissioners. The hospital provides health care to uninsured citizens at a price of more than $250 million a year.
The idea is to do what so many other public hospitals have done and manage it in a semi-private fashion that can make business decisions behind closed doors. But some commissioners are against the idea of putting this decision in the hands of the legislature.
"After 22 years in politics and 16 in the legislature, be careful what you ask for. This could be the death nail for UMC, and it will be death by a thousand cuts, because it will be used as hostage for anything else under the sun that has nothing else in relation to making sure you are providing a public hospital," said Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani.
Instead, some suggest local municipalities should help subsidize UMC since it's not just Clark County residents getting medical help.
Clark County Commissioners did not make a decision today. They expected to meet again December 5, 2012. They will receive an updated draft of the bill and decide what avenue they want to pursue.