This story is excerpted from the Indianapolis Star:
"Planned Parenthood says it must close 5 clinics
...Planned Parenthood is losing some of the funding it receives through the Indiana State Department of Health-administered Title XX grants. The grants were used to help pay some of the costs for patient treatment.
Starting in October, the Indiana Family Health Council, a nonprofit corporation, takes over administration of about $2 million in Title XX funds. The council will require clinics receiving these grants to limit how much they charge to treat low-income patients.
The poorest women will receive exams, lab work and contraceptives for free, said Gayla Winston , the council's president. Women with some income will be charged on a sliding fee scale.
"If you take our funds, you have to run that whole program at that site by our rules," Winston said.
Planned Parenthood said the reduction in funds will have an effect on its other clinics.
"PPIN has made the decision that many of our sites must now become fully self-sustaining, or independent, because of the restrictions placed on the funding," the statement read. "Obviously, this will have major implications for our patients and their ability to access basic health care.""...
Full story here:http://www.indystar.com/article/20090905/LOCAL/909050359/1001/NEWS
I don’t know which I feel more strongly about. Planned Parenthood having the stuff to tell the IFHC to keep their funds or the patients who will suffer. Of course the reality is probably not that Planned Parenthood had the moral fiber to stand up to the IFHC on there right to run there clinics own way. No it seems to me it has to do with costs. The funds received would not cover the increased cost of covering the free and sliding fee scale patients.
The truly sad thing is this is just an example in microcosm of the real problem with health care. The Government and its requirements for covering the free and sliding fee scale patients.These patients have to be paid for so the cost is passed on to those who can pay: ie. an example why a Band-Aid costs $25.
But silly me; this is only my opinion based on what I have found from reading and doing my own research. There again I don’t believe the government owes me a living, that you are responsible for your actions, you know when most politicians are lying; their mouth is moving. and T.A.N.S.T.A.A.F.L.