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CARE TRANSITION ALERT!
OFFICE OF THE MAYOR
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS
June 6, 2001
"As you know,
our city has begun the process of
health care system-from one resting on emergency care, to one rooted in
primary, preventative and community-based care. With this change, we're
going to improve the quality of
services-and improve the health of
in this city. "
Anthony A. Williams
SOME SOBERING FACTS
ABOUT D.C. GENERAL UNDER THE PBC.
1) As of March 18,
2001, D.C. General consumed its entire appropriation for the fiscal
year — and has already used $12 million in additional funds. At
this rate, the hospital will run a $50 million deficit for the
2) D.C. General lost
its verification for Level 1 Trauma in June 1999. Therefore, this
trauma center — which does conduct trauma procedures — was not able to
meet the national standard of care as established by the American
College of Surgeons for Level 1.
3) There has been
only one physician in the D.C. General Emergency Room who is board
certified in emergency medicine. That's one physician for 52.000 emergency
room visits per year.
4) There was a total
of 154 physicians for D.C. General and the Community Health Clinics —
all the care facilities that were overseen by the PBC.
5) From May 2000 to May 2001, a total of 532 babies born at D.C.
General, approximately 45 deliveries per month.
- Salaries for these
physicians ranged from $90,500 to $132,500, while salaries for OBGYN
physicians ranged from $120,000 to $132,000.
- These physicians
had contracts that did not preclude them from conducting their own
which they did.
6) In fiscal year 2000, the District incurred more than $12 million in
expenses for which the PBC did not reimburse the District.
- There are 12 OBGYN
physicians on staff at D.C. General.
- These OBGYN's were
paid between $120,000 and $132,000 for delivering
children per month.
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