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Agreed that the property owner's should not be propping up any short fall that the 24/7 clinic providers may have. The opportunity for them to open a clinic will go a long way for them to drive business to their other ancillary lines (e.g., diagnostics, lab, specialty providers). Sort of like a 7/11 selling gas - gas is the loss leader - foodstuffs, etc are the profit makers. They already think there might be a deficit of $750k+/- for the clinic to operate an addditional 12 hrs/day/7days a week. Where are their numbers as to their expected profit from the ancillary business and the normal operating hours? Let them figure out how to make those numbers float the 24hr clinic concept.
I am all for profit and let them make it where & while they can. If a profit can only be made by 12hr/day clinic then so be it - but do not steal tax payer dollars to pay for private corporation deficits. That is not what local government does (well it does but it shouldn't).
Yes, it would be nice to have an option to ER visit late at night for non life threatening issues but not via public financing.
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