Oops. Closing rural hospitals would be ‘unthinkable,’ state lawmaker now says | Political Insider blog

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Oops. Closing rural hospitals would be ‘unthinkable,’ state lawmaker now says | Political Insider blog

State Rep. Sharon Cooper, R-Marietta, said Wednesday that closing rural hospitals is an “unthinkable proposition” — two days after telling an Atlanta radio station that some rural hospitals “need to close.”

The chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee, Cooper told the AJC that closing hospitals “would have serious consequences on the affected community, hurting it economically and limiting access to acute care for Georgians.”

But she said there is a serious need for discussion and planning for the future as the economic situation facing rural hospitals continues to erode.

“If we don’t act to make real, substantive changes, we very well could be faced with the hard reality of hospital closures in rural parts of this state, no matter how many short gap measures we take, leaving many communities without the economic engine and access to care people depend on,” she said.

Cooper had come under fire since telling WABE (90.1FM) on Monday that some Georgia communities are too small to support a hospital.

“When your census is that low and you have hospital administration and you have to have 24 hour-a-day care and you have to have a pharmacy and all the other things that go with a hospital and your census runs at just minute number of patients then I think it’s time to look at the fact that maybe they need to go to regional hospitals,” Cooper told WABE’s Jonathan Shapiro.

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