Recently a friend was rushed to Valley View Medical Center here in Cedar City UT by his wife after he became quite ill and was coughing up blood. They diagnosed him with pneumonia. His fever was very high. The hospital immediately filled him with liquids, antibiotics, and provided superb medical care. Three days later he went home. They unquestionably saved his life.
Valley View is part of Intermountain Health, who was specifically noted by Obama in 2009 for providing low cost, high quality medical care.
“We have to ask why places like the Geisinger Health system in rural Pennsylvania, Intermountain Health in Salt Lake City, or communities like Green Bay can offer high-quality care at costs well below average, but other places in America can’t. We need to identify the best practices across the country, learn from the success, and replicate that success elsewhere,” [Obama] said.
Plus, Intermountain works with patients on the bill. After consulting with our friends, who had financial reversals in the past and are now working nonstop to build a new life, Intermountain dropped their bill, which was already modest by most standards, by about one-third and gave them considerable time to pay.
This is how health care should work. Kudos to Intermountain Health.