Question 10 - Charity Hospital System

Do you think the state should continue to operate 10 charity hospitals? If so, should LSU maintain authority over them?

B. Alexandrenko
I support the Blueprint Louisiana agenda.

Walter J. Boasso

Foster Campbell
The LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport should be the model for a new, reformed state hospital system. It provides high-quality care for both insured and uninsured patients and trains the physicians and other health personnel we all depend on. I support doing the same with the new LSU academic teaching hospital in New Orleans, to be built in conjunction with a new Veterans Administration hospital. I am committed to relying on LSU to operate the state hospitals, but new partnerships involving private healthcare providers will develop as the "medical home" model is implemented.

Vincent Mark Castillo

Sheldon Forest
Yes, structure to be overhauled as part of streamlining plan.

Anthony "Tony G" Gentile
Yes, to both. We have to become more efficient in spending state money. We need some clinics spread out over the state that people can utilize and catch sicknesses before they worse or even life threatening. Being progressive this will need to be looked every year. It may come to a point where consolidation may occur with private hospitals. We will have first class healthcare for Louisianans.

John Georges
LSU should focus on world-class medical education and research by having responsibilities in Louisiana's four academic medical centers. In addition, regional authorities should decide how to deliver healthcare through the remaining hospitals and additional healthcare facilities, including community health clinics.

T. Lee Horne III
"Bobby" Jindal

M.V. "Vinny" Mendoza
My goal is to provide for the state of Louisiana to operate 20 charity hospitals and to give free healthcare to all our children (up to 21 years old), senior citizens (over 55), veterans and disabled persons within 24 months and for all Louisianans within 48 months. Since LSU is producing the doctors, why not give them control over their facilities.

Arthur D. "Jim" Nichols
Not only do I think we need to continue to operate 10 charity hospitals, we should upgrade and improve them. I don't think that LSU should maintain authority over our charity hospitals. This should be done by a government agency. Since man6y of our citizens can't afford high priced insurance policies. We would truly be a cold and heartless people if we won't heal the sick and injured, simply because they can't afford the high price of modern medicine, especially the children.

Hardy Parkerson
Mary Volentine Smith