Research and medical education are very expensive. Health care reform has meant that dollars are scarce. Keep in mind that many of the innovative procedures we perform are so new that they are not covered by insurance. As such we bear the brunt of the financial load, because we don’t turn people away. If a person shows up with a dismembered limb, our surgeons treat them regardless of their ability to pay. Whereas in the past resources were available to fund research projects or support an extra fellow or two in their training, now the dollars are limited. Due to Medicare reform, research dollars have dried up which has further complicated all aspects of our work. Additional funding will allow us to address exciting research concepts. Just think how far medicine has advanced over the last 50 years by performing the miracles that we do.
See where your generous hands will make a difference.