By Scott Arnold
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A group of local pastors are ringing the alarm about massive cuts to Metro's General Hospital. They believe if the cuts become a reality patients could die.
This is part of an overall plan to cut $200 million out of the state's TennCare program which could lead to a $10 million deficit at Metro General.
"In many cases they bear more heavily on the health care institutions than the individuals who are part of TennCare," said Bredesen.
Pastor Henry Blaze belongs to a group on Facebook called Nashvillians for Metro General. He disagrees with Bredesen.
"He's [Bredesen] talking about capping $10,000 a year for hospital stay. One, two days in the ICU could do that," said Blaze. "It's not that people might die, people have already died as a result of these TennCare cuts."
Metro General would be left to pick up the tab. There's the concern the hospital would be forced to cut life-saving programs people depend on, people who have no where else to go for care.
"People are dying needlessly, all because of smart people who say we ought to be more concerned about the bottom line of an accounting sheet," said Blaze.
In a statement Metro General interim CEO Jason Boyd said, "Nashville General cannot absorb a $10.5 million cut, but is hopeful the state working in concert with the hospital advocacy groups can find a solution to fund hospitals that provide a high portion of TennCare, charity and unfunded care to the citizens of Tennessee."
The TennCare cuts impact hospitals all over the state. Health care leaders from all over Tennessee will be in Nashville next week to meet and try and come up with solutions.