Hartford HealthCare announces job cuts

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Hartford HealthCare system has announced plans to cuts 350 jobs at its hospitals and health centers across the state.

Hartford Healthcare,” which operates five major hospitals and a number of clinics says they have no choice.

Who pays for health care is shifting along with the age of the population and that’s having major ripples in the health care industry.

The Chief Operating Officer of the Hartford Healthcare system says they’ve targeted more than $200 million in cost saving measures throughout their facilities around the state but it still isn’t enough.

350 jobs will be eliminated over the next thirty days, some are open jobs that will not be filled but most will be from layoffs and other forms of termination.

In a statement, COO Jeffrey Flaks says “we have seen a significant drop in our core inpatient business and a shift in patient population from those with private insurance to individuals covered by government programs.”

That means Medicaid and Medicare which, in most cases do not pay the hospitals as much as private insurers.

The job losses will be spread out across the entire Hartford Healthcare system which includes Hartford Hospital,the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain, MidSate Medical Center in Meriden, Backus Hospital in Norwich, and Windham Hospital.

“I think it’s going to hurt because when you go to the hospital now you already wait a long time to see a doctor…now, by cutting back, you’re going to wait even longer,” said Tony Harrell, Hartford.

“Anytime you cut back and people are understaffed, the public’s going to suffer,” said Charles Thomas, New Britain.

“They wait now as it is…so, yeah, it’s going to be much longer,” said Donna Halliwell, Windsor Locks.

There’s a good chance this story will be repeated at other hospitals and health care facilities as the projection is that the population covered by private health insurance is expected to drop as much as 25 percent by the end of this decade.

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