Re the Sept. 16 editorial, Another Jackson ‘emergency’: No company should profit from rape. Survivors who come, bleeding and traumatized, to the Rape Treatment Center at Jackson’s emergency room should, like all the hospital’s patients, receive excellent care regardless of their ability to pay. That is Jackson’s mission, which would surely change under for-profit management.
The editorial says that the law requires all caregivers, private and public, to treat and stabilize people who come to the ER. That is little comfort; excellent care requires more than stabilizing patients. The editorial also notes that the cafeteria, equipment and supplies are already provided by for-profit companies. But they are not responsible for patient care. The University of Miami, which runs the Trauma Center, may be private, but it is not a for-profit company. Jackson’s ER is not the place to make a profit. Rape survivors deserve better from us.
Patricia Ireland, Miami