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Joe Hare poses questions on Health Fair prices

Who pays the additional $488? Did Westlake pay overtime for fair?

By Joe Hare
Personal commentary

Without a doubt, the "Health Fair" is a good thing for our community. The ad's encouraging us to take advantage of $500 worth of testing for $12, makes me wonder. If these test can be given to us for $12, then who is paying the additional $488?

The way it appears one of two things is happening:

  1. We the people are paying this with our taxes.

  2. or

  3. Westlake and/or the outside lab is charging too much on a regular basis.
Also: Is Westlake having to pay overtime to staff this event?

I feel we the taxpayers, are entitled to know how this event improves the financial situation of our hospital. I truly hope there is a justifiable reason that this event is a plus to our hospital. - Joe Hare

Thanks, Joe Hare - I've only heard absolutely good things about the this year's fair, but respect the questions you have.

My own opinion - which doesn't seem to get enthusiastic support - is that every special event needs to be followed up with a financial analysis, some Monday morning quarterbacking: Was the extravaganza worth it?

Who was helped and who was hurt?

Should the community do it again?

What can be done to improve it?

And follow the money: See who benefits, who was hurt. Who pays the bills?

And especially: What did it cost taxpayers? I'm thinking other "good works" - not so much the hospital - done in public offices and at taxpayer expense. If it's done using public facilities, on the public's time, it should be tallied and reported. By the way, I've always found this current five-member hospital board to be completely open and forthright, so I expect you'll get answers. - Ed Waggener.

This story was posted on 2013-10-20 04:05:19
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