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Letters to the editor 2/20

February 20, 2003

Help us keep our medications



To the editor:


Governor Ehrlich and other officials:

Every day in the news we hear about Americans on Medicare and how you, the government, need to help them. What about the prescription drug program, Governor Ehrlich? Many people in our community and in our country need this program.

We urge you, please do not end this program, as we have read in our local newspaper it could possibly be cut by June 30. Have you ever had to not take a medication or only take half of what was prescribed by your physician because of its cost?

Not only does this program save doctor fees and hospital bills, it saves lives. More lives mean more votes. More votes give you, the government, your jobs.

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Thank God the pharmaceutical companies are willing to help people like us. Why does our government not feel the same way? In our community, Medbank Prescription Program helps everyone in need, all the way around. It helps in medical terms, forms are filled out correctly and people get their medicines so they can be taken as prescribed.

Emergency room expenses and hospitalization costs could be cut because the proper medications are there to help because of this program.

This program has helped 17,287 get $12 million worth of meds. Washington County alone has 1,300 people receiving $3 million in prescriptions. The employees at Washington County Medbank do a great job helping those in need get what they need. Without Medbank I could not get my meds. I have nowhere else to go.

I take approximately 13 meds a day. Please support our Medbank program. Reconsider cutting it from your budget.

We need others who use this program to write or call Governor Ehrlich or Delegate Donoghue. We need to fight to keep this program.

Thank you Washington County Medbank for all your help.

Juanita Klein

Hagerstown




Cut understandably not a priority



To the editor:


I would like to respond to the letter written by Tammy Sharer from Florida regarding the emergency department at Washington County Hospital. Maybe I can educate her about how things work over there and why.

First of all, "finger slices" are not a priority when you have people being wheeled to triage (and I'm assuming they were since that's the way she put it in her letter). Common sense would tell a person that a person in a wheelchair is more important than a sore finger. Secondly, if her mother was able to help her out, this "slice" couldn't have been so bad as to warrant a trip to the emergency room in the first place, as I'm sure her mother didn't actually do any suturing to the finger.

My family and I have been seen in the emergency room more than our share and I can tell you that the person at the front desk is not nasty. Her job looks extremely stressful and I think we should all take a turn at that desk for eight hours just one time and I assure you, it would be most people's last time. I know I wouldn't want people yelling at me the way they do, and people badgering me over a finger slice that could have been bandaged at home and apparently was.

As far as Washington County Hospital being in the top 100 hospitals, they didn't give that award to themselves. They earned it by helping people who are truly in need of medical care.

Kenneth Reed

Big Pool

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