[July 24, 2009 @ 10:59 am] David Catron

Hannity ran a segment on the First Lady’s patient-dumping scheme, and they interviewed me pursuant to an article I wrote about it several months ago. Here’s where the rubber hits the road on the “Urban Health Initiative”:

EARHARDT: According to community activist Shannon Bennett, this has led to a backlash among South Side residents.

SHANNON BENETT, KENWOOD-OAKLAND COMMUNITY ACTIVIST: We hear about the university is saying as their purpose of what they want to do. And we see something different. And what see different is that how they leave them out in the cold.

EARHARDT: He’s also skeptical of the program’s claim that patients directed away from the hospital are receiving better care at local clinics.

BENNETTE: They are not getting better care. And part of what the issue is that, these clinics are usually staffed by the county, and to my understanding, that service, of course, is nothing comparable to what you’re going to get at the University of Chicago.

EARHARDT: Health care professional David Catron has spend over 25 years in the business and agrees with Bennett’s assessment.

DAVID CATRON, HEALTHCARE CONSULTANT: The Urban Health Initiative is not about charity. It’s about reserving beds in the University of Chicago Medical Center for well-heeled, well-insured patients.

EARHARDT: In fact, he goes even further, calling the initiative a patient-dumping scheme, a practice outlawed by President Reagan back in 1986.

CATRON: If it doesn’t violate the letter of the law, it certainly violates the spirit of the law. It is patient-dumping.

Read the full transcript here.

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