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Walter Reed Army Hospital is no Ketchikan General
By Mark Neckameyer


April 1, 2007

Walter Reed Army Hospital is Bad and Incompetent Because it is GOVERNMENT RUN!

All government entities are inherently incompetent; the Post Office, Education, Welfare Departments, Law Enforcement and unfortunately even the military and their hospitals. Because there is no competition, management does not knock itself out to be always and ever more efficient. Because it is virtually impossible to terminate poor workers after a probation period, too many government workers are not up to their jobs. Because like in many union environments, all workers in a class receive the same exact pay; hard workers and malingerers alike, there is little incentive to work hard.

In some areas like national defense we have to put up with government employees running the show. You have to be a dyed in the wool Pollyanna to expect government hospitals Walter Reed included to be as efficient, cost effective and comfortable as say Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau or Peace Health operated Ketchikan General Hospital is. Like the idea of Socialized medicine as a cost saver? Then all hospitals will be as awful as Walter Reed so you better reconsider!

In the meantime, let's transfer wounded and ill servicemen to better, privately run healthcare facilities as soon as practical. Comparing Government to Private hospitals is like the service comparison of Federal Express and the U.S. Postal Service! If you "Absolutely. Positively" want to get better ... Go private industry.

Mark Neckameyer
Irvine, CA

Received March 31, 2007 - Published April 01, 2007

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