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Major Roy James Blakeley (December 10, 1928 - July 22, 1965) - USAF (KIA)
When I was young my dad would say
Come on son let's go out and play
No matter how hard I try
No matter how many tears I cry
No matter how many years go by
I still can't say goodbye
- "I Still Can't Say Goodbye," Performer: Chet Atkins
MP3 audio file/lyrics http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/still_cant_say_goodbye.htm
For a larger image click on the photograph.
The public perception is that one way or another, anyone who needs hospital care can get it, regardless of ability to pay. The reality, though, is that a steep hospital bill will usually follow, and help paying that bill is hard to find. This is the conclusion of the Free Care Monitoring Project, an undertaking of Community Catalyst and eight grassroots organizations in nine communities
across the country. Since 1999, the project has investigated how easy - or difficult - it is for consumers to get information about free or reduced-price hospital care. The investigation, which had looked at more than 60 non-profit hospitals as of Spring 2003, consists of a series of telephone calls and visits to hospitals by "community monitors" - community residents from a variety of
backgrounds, including some who are uninsured. Using a prepared script, the monitors ask whether free care is available; if it is, they also ask about the application process.
This is what the monitors have found to date:
- Most callers are told that free care is not available. If there is a free care policy, front-line hospital staff are almost universally unaware of its existence. Nor do these staff members
know who to refer callers to for information about free care.
- The typical response from hospital staff is that emergency care will be provided without proof of ability to pay, but the patient will be billed for those services.
- If the community has a public ôsafety netö hospital, the staff typically tell the monitors to go there for free care.
- Monitors who are not fluent in English generally are out of luck. They are almost never connected with a hospital staff person who speaks their language, even if the language is a common one like Spanish.
- "Not There When You Need It: The Search for Free Hospital Care," Community Catalyst, Inc. http://www.communitycatalyst.org, October 2003 http://www.communitycat.org/index.php?fldID=212
File Name: not_there_when_you_need_it_200410.pdf
Post Date: February 3, 2005 at 11:30 AM CST; 1730 GMT
This report was written with support from the Surdna Foundation, the Jessie B. Cox Charitable Trust, and The W. K. Kellogg Foundation http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/philanthropy.htm