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Old 07-01-2019, 05:05 PM
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Can someone please explain why I should send money to the heavily advertised children’s hospitals like Shriners and St. Jude? As far as I know, all major hospitals accept tax deductible donations and they have a children’s ward, where most of them provide excellent care for sick children. There is also Medicaid that provides millions of taxpayer dollars to treat sick children who cannot afford good health insurance. And, it is illegal to not have health insurance, if you can afford it. These TV ads provide no specific information to differentiate themselves from other facilities. Is it just hype to make money, or do they really provide something different?

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Old 07-01-2019, 05:12 PM
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St. Jude's minimizes..........most times to zero, costs to families for the scary costs to their children.
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Old 07-01-2019, 05:31 PM
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Can someone please explain why I should send money to the heavily advertised children’s hospitals like Shriners and St. Jude? As far as I know, all major hospitals accept tax deductible donations and they have a children’s ward, where most of them provide excellent care for sick children. There is also Medicaid that provides millions of taxpayer dollars to treat sick children who cannot afford good health insurance. And, it is illegal to not have health insurance, if you can afford it. These TV ads provide no specific information to differentiate themselves from other facilities. Is it just hype to make money, or do they really provide something different?
Flabbergasted by this post.. let's take the adult / geriatric side first.. I'm sure if you had brain cancer, you would never think of going to MD Anderson.. or if you had a serious heart problem you;d never consider Cleveland Clinic.. or need a life saving liver transplant, you;d never go to Pittsburgh. or consider Mayo in Rochester for a complex diagnosis.. You;d just stay in the local Villages Hospital, because afterall, all hospitals must be the same, and have the same quality of doctors, right ? And all hospitals do the same quality of research, and invent life saving procedures and drug protocols . right ?

Most people in the Villages are of an age where they remember the Lebanese comedian Danny Thomas (yea, Marlo's dad).. He;s the one that founded and funded St Jude's in Memphis. They are, without question, the leading children's cancer research hospital in the country, if not the world. Why did he name the hospital St Jude's ? Because in the Catholic faith, St Jude was the patron saint of lost causes and hopeless cases.

St jude's shares the results of their research with Children's hospitals throughout the country.

Do they heavily market ? Yep.. Is it money well spent and contributed ?? Sure is, in my book.
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Old 07-01-2019, 05:46 PM
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My granddaughter was treated for leukemia at St. Jude's, at no cost for health care, housing, or food. They were able to focus on caring for Maya, and not worry about losing their home! Some parents must give up their jobs in order to remain with their children. The staff there is top notch in every possible way. They did everything they could to fight her disease. Unfortunately, she succumbed to her cancer. Our entire family remains staunch supporters of St. Jude's.
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Old 07-01-2019, 06:09 PM
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Flabbergasted by this post.. let's take the adult / geriatric side first.. I'm sure if you had brain cancer, you would never think of going to MD Anderson.. or if you had a serious heart problem you;d never consider Cleveland Clinic.. or need a life saving liver transplant, you;d never go to Pittsburgh. or consider Mayo in Rochester for a complex diagnosis.. You;d just stay in the local Villages Hospital, because afterall, all hospitals must be the same, and have the same quality of doctors, right ? And all hospitals do the same quality of research, and invent life saving procedures and drug protocols . right ?

Most people in the Villages are of an age where they remember the Lebanese comedian Danny Thomas (yea, Marlo's dad).. He;s the one that founded and funded St Jude's in Memphis. They are, without question, the leading children's cancer research hospital in the country, if not the world. Why did he name the hospital St Jude's ? Because in the Catholic faith, St Jude was the patron saint of lost causes and hopeless cases.

St jude's shares the results of their research with Children's hospitals throughout the country.

Do they heavily market ? Yep.. Is it money well spent and contributed ?? Sure is, in my book.
Sorry you were flabbergasted. Just trying to get some information. The latest rankings for children's hospitals in 2019-2020 by US News and Reports shows that Boston Children's Hospital is number one. Neither St. Jude nor Shriners made their top ten.
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Old 07-01-2019, 06:27 PM
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My granddaughter was treated for leukemia at St. Jude's, at no cost for health care, housing, or food. They were able to focus on caring for Maya, and not worry about losing their home! Some parents must give up their jobs in order to remain with their children. The staff there is top notch in every possible way. They did everything they could to fight her disease. Unfortunately, she succumbed to her cancer. Our entire family remains staunch supporters of St. Jude's.
How sad, how gut-wrenchingly painful. I am so sorry for your loss and for the child's parents.

Although nothing can ease the pain, at least you and the child's parents can take comfort that you did all that was possible and that you entrusted her medical treatment to an organization that thought of everything and provided excellent care to Maya and her family.

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Old 07-01-2019, 07:01 PM
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Thank you for your kind thoughts.
My son and his wife now run a foundation to provide monetary assistance for families with a child fighting cancer near their home in FL.
Not a day goes by that they don't honor Maya's memory.
She was diagnosed at 21/2, died at 4, and would now be 20 years old.
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Sorry you were flabbergasted. Just trying to get some information. The latest rankings for children's hospitals in 2019-2020 by US News and Reports shows that Boston Children's Hospital is number one. Neither St. Jude nor Shriners made their top ten.
Apples and oranges. You are looking at rankings for Children's hospitals in total which includes many pediatric subspecialties [cancer, neonatal, pulmonary, cardiac....] In that list Boston, Phila, Cinci are the top three as they have been for years.

However you need to look at just the rankings for Cancer care as that is the topic here. You will find that Dana Farber is #1 and St Jude is #2 in that sub-specialty list.

Keep in mind this is a ranking for treatment of cancer. The differences in scores in the top several are miniscule. Many of the university hospitals not only provide excellent care but have enormous staff who do only basic research for the cures for tomorrow. That is not reflected in the rankings. Shriner's does not provide cancer care, but orthopedic care mostly as well as some plastic surgery and burn care.
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And, it is illegal to not have health insurance
Even those with health insurance are easily driven to bankruptcy by hospital bills. ACA compliant bronze policies may only cover 60% of your bills. And states are now allowed to authorize sale of policies that are nearly useless. So even families which are fully compliant with the ACA are easily crippled by the cost of a few days of hospital care. Cancer is weeks and months and hopefully, years.
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