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I'm glad someone's tracking this. If hospitals cared about this, they would be running their own audits on a random sample of patients to see if they were handled correctly. (Virginia Mason obviously doesn't run this or they'd respond based on their own numbers.)
For you and CLS to assassinate the reputation of an organization that walked right into the AIDS crisIs, with absolutely no experience, when every other health organization in this town including Swedish, GHC, Providence and the UW declined shows you have not done your homework.
Virginia Mason stepped in when no one else would and today BBH is one of the baseline models for AIDS care in the United States and for much of the globe. Most of the care provided in the OP setting there is uncompensated. It runs into the tens of millions of dollars a year. And if you ask anybody at VMMC about this from the janitor up to the boardroom, almost everyone will reply that this alone is the one thing about Virginia Mason for which they are so proud. VMMC did the right thing when no one else would. VMMC continues to do so today.
Insurance is not the solution; it's the PROBLEM. The waste of income – public and private – on so-called premiums (plus the administrative overhead, advertising, and "shareholder" profits) directly subtracts funds from direct, competent medical care, which should be provided to all, regardless of ability to pay. Crack that nut, and then go after pharmaceutical prices. Presto! No more premature death or needless suffering when the profit motive is removed from medical care and medication.
Bailey Boushay is an amazing and essential service and Virginia Mason should be applauded for their commitment. That doesn't mean we let them off the hook in other areas where they're falling short.