What They’re Saying

  • An editorial in the Raleigh, NC, News & Observer, criticized the 19-page survey which the Health Care Financing Administration (Baltimore) plans to give ill elderly people. While the intentions are good, the plan goes too far, asking questions about sexual, mental, and financial matters that do not directly relate with the patients’ medical problems, the editorial stated. "The government cannot require sensitive private information about people who simply are receiving services to which they are entitled," the editorial stated. "…Government needs some information to carry out its essential functions. What it doesn’t need, it has no business collecting."

  • Rhode Island home health agencies have a shortage of home health aides because of low wages and high employment, making it difficult to recruit and retain workers, stated an editorial in The Providence Journal. The editorial supported a $5.06-an-hour wage increase proposed by the Rhode Island Long Term Care Coordinating Council.

  • In a recent letter to the editor of The Toronto Star, a home care nurse wrote that government policies are making it impossible to attract and keep nurses working in the community. New government policies, she wrote, mean that home care nurses have to compete directly with low-wage companies, which are making a profit from treating the sick. The competition is forcing wages and working conditions down further as nurses must now bid against the companies to keep their jobs, she wrote.