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Florence Morning News (Newspaper) - November 7, 1973, Florence, South CarolinaHospital problems Florence s Mcleod memorial Hospital is not the Only Hospital in the area. Responsible for providing around the. Clock emergency its administrator and Board chair Man contend. But at the same time Hospital officials feel Mcleod is already providing More emergency medical care than any other Hospital in the Mcleod administrator Ken Neth l. Gallier and m. Meadors chairman of a the Hospital Board of trustees discussed the Hospital s role in response to recent questions in the morning news Public Meadors. Pointed out that Mcleod is presently receiving emergency patients from other hospitals in the City and other pee Dee area hospitals. The Hospital has physicians on Call on an around the clock basis according to their specially areas of practice he said. M a by physicians a re called 16 the Hospital after working hours for what turns out to be not an emergency at Meadors noted. Gallier pointed out it Cost Mcleod to operate its emergency room during the last fiscal year. Of this amount were direct charges to emergency patients he said. But the Hospital was Only Able to collect about 50 per cent of these charges he stressed. The difference Between the Cost of operating the emergency room and the amount collected from emergency patients about to be passed on to the Hospital s in patients he said. The emergency room treated so called emergency patients during that period Gallier said. Of these were treated and dismissed. Local physicians staff the emergency Romona voluntary basis Gallier said adding that the physicians Are faced with the same problems that con front the Hospital the inability to collect from emergency patients Gallier said the Hospital s emergency room was staffed by interns until 1968. The Hospital s program was dropped in 1968 for a number of reasons including the Cost of operating the program he said. Regarding Mcleod s receipt of Federal funds both Meadors and Gnu lick said the Hospital receives Federal medicare and stale medicaid payments for the care of elderly patients enrolled in the two programs. But the Hospital has never received any monies from the former Federal categorical Grants programs such As Hill Burton economic development administration education and welfare How or Environ mental control administration according to Hospital authorities. Mcnod also receives some funds through the cancer care clinic at the Annex. Gallie said. The Hospital provides All of the space and most of the equip the state provides some equipment and staff and whatever tests Are needed Are conducted at actual Cost he said. Gallier also pointed out that the reimbursement from the slate and Federal governments for the care of medicare and medicaid patients does not cover the actual Cost of treating the patients. In addition the Hospital receives a Day from the county for the care of indigent patients not covered under Federal or state programs he said. This docs not cover the Rost of treating the Gallie said. The difference Between the actual per Day Cost of treating medicare medicaid and indigent patients and the Hospital s reimbursement for this treatment must be passed on to other Hospital patients Gallie said. Meadors noted that the general impression of the Public is that someone is malting Money off of the administration of the Hospital. Actually Only the Hospital s administration and staff receive any remuneration for the operation of the Hospital Meadors said. 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