The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, November 06, 2019 1:00 am


Quest for profits leaves Parkview patients hurting

Have you noticed Parkview doesn't use the word “non-profit” much anymore?

The Columbia City hospital has its name on it. As does the Warsaw hospital, and the Wabash hospital, and Huntington hospital and addition.

Their name is on the Parkview ballfield, the Huntington YMCA, boys and girls club, the Wabash 4H arena for animals.

Yes, they do a lot of good. But with whose money? The sick patients.

They get a knock-off on taxes as a non-profit. Isn't it about time to give the patients a break on their cost of treatment?

I have a bill for $175 for a 15-minute office visit. At $20 an hour, it takes 10 hours earn it.

When people have insurance and all they can afford is a $5,000 deductible, it amounts to paying the premium plus the $5,000 bill to the hospital. The hospital wants the money in less than 30 days, so you have to borrow with a 4% interest loan.

My feeling about nonprofits is to give the profit back to the patients; make their life better. If you're a truly great hospital, people will come to you. Why do you need all the advertisement? Lower the cost to patients; that in turn lowers your profits. If you really care about their health and well-being, what do you have to lose? A little profit.

And why do we send our bills and checks two states over to Des Moines, Iowa? Why not do it in Indiana?

Phil Dailey


Sensible suggestion

Dee Smith's suggestion to put crossing guards on school buses (Letters, Oct. 30) is the single best and simple idea I have heard or seen.

Ron Tompkins

Fort Wayne

Don't overlook smoking as link to breast cancer

With Breast Cancer Awareness month just passed, I am so thankful for all those people wearing pink. I am a 13-year breast cancer survivor, so this time of year is always special to me. Pink has become a color of strength, courage and support. Strength and courage of survivors, those currently fighting and those who have fought. Support from men and women who put on pink as a sign they are supporting survivors, joining the fight and helping raise funds for research.

I have been thinking of my cousin, Roxie. Roxie was 62 when she was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Roxie fought hard for nine months before she passed away. I remember a conversation shortly after she was diagnosed. As a longtime smoker, she almost felt she deserved to get cancer. No one deserves to have cancer; cancer doesn't care who you are.

There is a strong link between smoking and lung cancer. But smoking and breast cancer also have a connection. According to, smoking causes a number of diseases and, in recent years, physicians have seen a rise in breast cancer in younger, premenopausal women who smoke. Research also has shown there may be a link between heavy secondhand smoke exposure and breast cancer risk in postmenopausal women.

Roxie started smoking at a young age. I wonder if that teenage Roxie could have looked into the future and known what we know now, would she have ever taken that first puff? I don't think she would have.

If you haven't started smoking, please don't; if you are smoking, please consider stopping. If you need help to quit, call the Indiana Tobacco Outline, 1-800-Quit-Now or visit

Tammy Gross

Fort Wayne

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