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01-22-2012, 10:12 AM
:woot: I bet kpete would want this... (http://www.democraticunderground.com/1002200620) Take notice dear!!!

Sun Jan 22, 2012, 07:58 AM

Chefs, Butlers, Marble Baths: Hospitals Vie for the Affluent

The feverish patient had spent hours in a crowded emergency room. When she opened her eyes in her Manhattan hospital room last winter, she recalled later, she wondered if she could be hallucinating: “This is like the Four Seasons — where am I?”

The bed linens were by Frette, Italian purveyors of high-thread-count sheets to popes and princes. The bathroom gleamed with polished marble. Huge windows displayed panoramic East River views. And in the hush of her $2,400 suite, a man in a black vest and tie proffered an elaborate menu and told her, “I’ll be your butler.”

It was Greenberg 14 South, the elite wing on the new penthouse floor of NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell hospital. Pampering and décor to rival a grand hotel, if not a Downton Abbey, have long been the hallmark of such “amenities units,” often hidden behind closed doors at New York’s premier hospitals. But the phenomenon is escalating here and around the country, health care design specialists say, part of an international competition for wealthy patients willing to pay extra, even as the federal government cuts back hospital reimbursement in pursuit of a more universal and affordable American medical system.


A waterfall, a grand piano and the image of a giant orchid grace the soaring ninth floor atrium of McKeen, leading to refurbished rooms that, like those in the hospital’s East 68th Street penthouse, cost patients $1,000 to $1,500 a day, and can be combined. That fee is on top of whatever base rate insurance pays to the hospital, or the roughly $4,500 a day that foreigners are charged, according to the hospital’s international services department.

The OPs handle is fitting...:D

01-22-2012, 01:44 PM
I confess that when Her Majesty was in the hospital recently, my first question was if they had her in a special royal suite. When I was in the Washington Hospital Center, both Elizabeth Taylor and some sheikh were checked in to the luxury suites, which the hospital staff had some unluxurious name for. I think they call them merely "seven west" or something like that.

Wouldn't it be delicious to find out that while Americans are buying the illusion of nobility, the Queen is simply in a normal private room in a normal hospital getting her knee worked on?

01-22-2012, 02:47 PM
Chefs, Butlers, Marble Baths: Hospitals Vie for the Affluent

This will become more and more common as the rich Liberals who think the healthcare bill they passed/supported doesn't apply to them.

01-22-2012, 02:57 PM

While I have been in the hospital for 2 serious operations, to have my parathyroid glands removed ... one on each side 10 years apart ... back in 80's and early 90's ...

Only thing I wanted was a private room in a private hospital ... with a window to let in sunshine ... a tv, and most important ... a nurse that knew how to put the IV thing-y into my hand without all the finesse of a King Kong type ape! :mad: :D