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Is this Marco's pathetic version of Obamacare? Should we call it Magelcare or Rivierecare?
Marco residents will be forced to pay a tax so that someone who is out of band-aides at 3 AM can go to the clinic & have their booboo fixed. There's not much more they can treat there that can't wait until regular hours. Even the hospital CEO emphasizes it.
"Campbell and the other hospital officials emphasized that a walk-in clinic is for medical care that's similar to what a primary-care doctor can provide. Walk-in centers can provide X-rays, laboratory work, and treat cuts and other basic medical issues but they don't offer emergency medical care"
Don't dare to go there with a life threatening emergency because you will be wasting your precious time & die there. IT IS ONLY GOING TO BE A DOCTOR'S OFFICE THAT WILL COST US ALMOST A MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR FOR ONLY THE NIGHT SHIFT!!!
Worse yet, instead of calling EMS, someone will mistakenly be taken there with a life threatening emergency & die there. Then the family will be suing everybody including Marco because they were given the impression it was an emergency facility. IF IT'S NOT GOING TO BE AN EMERGENCY FACILITY- WE DON'T NEED IT 24/7 !!! HOW DID WE ALL EVER SURVIVE WITHOUT IT?
The wording of the referendum is misleading - "Shall the City levy an ad valorem tax for the purposes of providing that the proceeds of the ad valorem tax shall be used solely to supplement the costs of maintaining and operating a 24-hour per day, 7 days per week free standing walk-in clinic to be operated by an established full-service hospital system located in Collier County and selected by the City Council after due consideration.
The phrase "to be operated by an established full-service hospital" will be misinterpreted by many voters thinking this will be some sort of emergency facility with full service & because of that this frivolous referendum will get approved & we will have to live with it.
The hospitals are smart enough to know that the night shift in a Marco clinic is unjustified, that's why they won't do it on their own. They will only do it if we are the suckers to pay for it. And since we are going to subsidize private enterprise, why don't we pay Publix & Winn-Dixie to stay open all night just in case I wake up during the night craving a nice piece of steak.
Our "kids in a candy store" Council needs to stop shopping & just take care of the problems we already have.
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