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Questions Over Lafayette’s UMC And Other Privatization Plans

UMC sign 1 photo courtesy Ken Romero
UMC sign 1 photo courtesy Ken Romero

Lawmakers who serve on the legislative budget committee are asking many questions over the plans to privatize LSU’s hospitals.

They are worried about incomplete financial terms, access to hospital records and the long-term impact on the state budget and patient care.

Management of the university hospitals in Lafayette, New Orleans, Houma and Lake Charles is slated to be turned over to private control next week even though some of the financial details are not wrapped up.

Governor Bobby Jindal wants to privatize nine out of the ten LSU hospitals.  Lawmakers have no control over making changes, but they can ask questions.

Governor Jindal’s Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nicols has assured lawmakers that making this switch will save the state money.  The deal also makes it possible for the health systems to use federal financing.

Lafayette General Medical Center will take over operations of University Medical Center neet week.  LSU hospital officials, who were the managers of the program, says many changes have been made in the last two weeks to the contract for LGMC and UMC.

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