It would be hard to argue that Southeastern Regional Medical Center is not one of Robeson County's top five assets. It is for this reason that every citizen in Robeson County should be disturbed by Ms. Sara Hottman's article regarding SRMC's shortfall of $438 million in Sunday's The Robesonian.
Why? I know of no business that can sustain its operations much less grow or invest in the future when it is paid for only 36 percent of the work it performs. This is especially a challenge in cases where payment is dependent upon government-subsidized health insurance with burdensome regulatory rules and there are no options to deny services to those who cannot pay for services being rendered.
It is my hope that we as citizens do not take SRMC for granted and wake up one day to find that the medical center we value and need is facing an uncertain future and elimination of services because it is not getting paid for the services rendered. Everyone loses if we do.