To the Journal editor:
I’ve been a hospital patient more times than I care to count.
Reading that in the new hospital the rooms will be private does not make me a happy camper. I like a roommate, someone to talk to and pass the time.
Maybe I’ve been lucky as I’ve always had great roommates. Being in ER is bad enough where you are alone in a room and they shut the door or pull the curtain and no one checks on you periodically. Sometimes I think the “privacy issue” is carried too far.
Also, a question comes to mind. Is Medicare going to cover the cost of a private room? I don’t think so. If it does, it won’t be much and our co-pay will be sky high.