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When The Pilot prints accurate local news, without fear of reprisal from advertisers, I'll be willing to pay for the service. There is a huge opportunity/need for a professionally done online local news outlet in our area. I have no doubt that done correctly and professionally that this would be a profitable venture..
What is sad about any community hospital that accepts Medicare and Medicaid is that they have to treat a large, and growing, number of people who aren't paying for treatment which is costly to them and the taxpayer. These folks use the ER for minor complaints, like colds, jamming up a system that is designed for "emergency" care.
If I required any kind of heart surgery I would be going to Andy Kiser at UNC - best in the country in my opinion. Too bad First Health lost him to UNC - he was probably the best asset First Health had. Thankfully UNC isn't too far away.
Would have been nice to have contact info at the end of this article for those who might be interested in volunteering.
Congratulations to this fine young man. Nice to read about the positive contributions young people are making to the world.
I work at the hospital and this is correct. Estimates that over half of the people in the ER (maternity is also sees a lot of Medicaid) aren't paying at all or are on Medicaid. Sooooooooooo who foots the care for all those folks do you suppose?"
This photo was not the norm for The Pilot who,at all costs, tries to portray a positive slant to the area even when not warranted. Congratulations to The Pilot for finally reporting the crime in the area and alerting citizens of potential issues. The public has a right to know is the mantra of all newspapers yet for years The Pilot has ignored issues pertaining to its advertisers. At least it's finally reporting crime which I think is the result of Sandhills Tribune reporting breaking news on its website.
Sandhills Tribune has the story.
Well stated. The Pilot hopes that the "free" press will pay off in "paid" advertising hence the never-ending litany of non-stories.
Point well made by Ms. Self. So many going out of business in the area - empty buildings, Gulistan Carpet closing with 400 out of work. I don't get it either. What's worse is 300 assisted living units when we can't fill the beds at the three assisted living facilities we already have? 300 proposed homes when they are over 400 homes for sale in Pinehurst alone? Beats me.
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