Suffredin- An Advocate for All of Us  
 

Accountability
Forest Preserves
Public Safety
Cook County Budget
Forest Pres. Budget
Property Tax Appeal
Health & Hospitals
Land Bank Authority
Policy Resolutions
Unsung Heroine

 

   
 
   
   
 
   
     
  Office phone numbers:  
   
 
 

The Cook County Code of Ordinances are the current laws of Cook County.

   
 

Search current and proposed Cook County Legislation in Larry's exclusive legislative library.

   
  The Cook County Forest Preserve District maintains over 70 miles of bicycle trails.
   
     
     
     



'Woefully lacking' county health system.

Monday, October 08, 2007
Special to suffredin.org
by Dr. Elizabeth Jacobs
Letter to the Editor

Thank you to the Tribune Editorial Page for expressing what many of us "in the trenches" know about
Cook County governance. It is woefully lacking. I was astounded by President Stroger's response
("Stroger defends his administration's work," Commentary, Oct. 3) in naming the increased number of
screening rooms to the Ambulatory Screening Clinic, reduced pharmacy wait times, and $3 dollar
prescription co-pays as "achievements."

As our patients will tell you, they are far from it.

Here is what Todd Stroger didn't tell you:

*The additional rooms added to the ASC pale in comparison to the seven ambulatory clinics closed by the
administration and the hundreds of visits that they provided to the people of Cook County each year. He
did not elaborate on the fact that so many of the patients who lost their "clinic home" must come to
the ASC to get the care and prescriptions they need because they cannot find out if their primary
doctor was moved to another clinic or fired. He also failed to mention how the ASC has reduced hours
and is short-staffed because so many physicians were fired during the budget cuts or have quit because
of poor working conditions and job insecurity, leaving it inadequately staffed. So much for the
addition of a few rooms.

*The pharmacies are as packed as ever and one of the reasons is the $3 co-pay. It may take less time to
get your prescription in number of days (it used to be seven from prescription drop-off to pick up),
but patients spend hours in line to have their financial and insurance status reviewed before they can
pay and pick up their prescriptions.

I recently had a patient tell me about how she spent a whole day working to get a needed diabetic
medicine. She was told in the hospital pharmacy that she had to go the Fantus pharmacy. When she got to
the Fantus pharmacy, she waited in line only to be told she had to go back to the hospital to be
screened financially and to pay her co-pay. When she got back to the hospital she waited in another
line for more than an hour just to be told that the information was wrong and she had to go back to the
Fantus pharmacy, wait in the financial screening line there, and then pick the prescription up. Is this
$3 really worth this patient's time and the county's resources when we can't even bill Medicaid and
Medicare for the big ticket costs?

I have trained and worked in many health care systems and have never seen one so inefficient and poorly
managed. It is not something that Mr. Stroger should be proud of.

I wholeheartedly agree with this page: The Cook County Bureau of Health needs new governance.
It must be independent of the Cook County Board, and it needs to happen before we lose any more ground
in our ability to care for the un- and underinsured in Cook County.

Dr. Elizabeth Jacobs, Senior Attending Physician, Stroger Hospital



Recent Headlines

Higher Assessments Hit North Suburban Commercial Property Owners
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Evanston Patch

How did an inmate get a loaded gun into Cook County Jail?
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Check exemptions, file an appeal: What you can do to fight your Cook County property tax bill
Thursday, July 11, 2019
WGN Chicago

’A lack of mental health services has plagued Chicago for decades’: Holy Cross Hospital expanding to fill that void on the Southwest Side
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Chicago Tribune

How To Appeal Your Cook County Property Tax Assessment
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
CBS Chicago

County Commission Hopes to Increase 2020 Census Participation
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
WTTW News

Cook County Property Tax Bills: Where Does Your Money Go?
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
CBS Chicago

Seniors Receive Inflated Property Tax Bills By Mistake
Tuesday, July 09, 2019
WBBM Radio

Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts’ property tax appeal under investigation after Tribune finds assessment problem
Tuesday, July 09, 2019
Chicago Tribune

North suburban landlords slapped with big assessment hikes
Monday, July 08, 2019
Crain's Chicago Business

Miscalculation leads to increased tax bills in Wheeling Township
Friday, July 05, 2019
Daily Herald

Judge rules state legislators violated Illinois Constitution by voting to freeze their pay
Wednesday, July 03, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Search: Chicago Property Tax Increases and Decreases by Ward
Wednesday, July 03, 2019
WTTW News

Millions in Cook County property tax refunds going to homeowners whose bills show no balance due
Monday, July 01, 2019
ABC 7 Chicago

Why 7,600 property owners in suburban Cook County are getting tax refunds
Monday, July 01, 2019
Daily Herald

$25 million in property tax refunds going to 25,000 owners
Monday, July 01, 2019
Special to suffredin.org

Illinois hiring hundreds to reduce Medicaid backlogs
Monday, July 01, 2019
Crain's Chicago Business

County health officials say IG report was ‘simply wrong’ even as commissioners plan hearings on system’s finances
Thursday, June 27, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Cook County sheriff’s office warns of phone scam
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Homeowners Across Chicago Brace for Higher Property Taxes
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
WTTW News

all news items

Paid for by Larry Suffredin and not at taxpayer expense. A Haymarket Production.
^ TOP