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Compassion and care

July 17, 2007

Re "Hospital group rejects system and cashes in," July 8

The article is a sensationalistic piece. The statement, "Patients, [Dr. Prem Reddy] said, may simply deserve only the amount of care they can afford," is appalling and goes against all of my beliefs. As a dedicated physician for over 30 years, I have committed my life to patient service and providing the highest quality of care to any and all patients. I believe medical care is a basic human right, and we have an obligation to provide the best possible care in every situation.

Compassionate patient care for all is the foundation of Prime Healthcare Services and its hospitals. In fact, Prime Healthcare Services' hospitals see more uninsured patients and provide more charity care than most other for-profit and not-for-profit hospitals. They have received numerous national awards for outstanding patient care and community service. Prime Healthcare Services and I will continue to serve our communities and stay committed to providing the highest quality of compassionate care to all patients.

PREM REDDY MD

Victorville

The writer is chairman of Prime Healthcare Services Inc.

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