Letters from our readers: Hospital should be part of our neighborhoods

Sutter’s proposal to create a megahospital on Cathedral Hill while downsizing and closing other facilities will overwhelm the northwestern transit corridors while underserving everyone south of Market Street.

Both the Cathedral Hill-Japantown neighborhoods and the Army Street corridor were decimated by the freeway-driven “future” envisioned by planners from 1950 to 1970.

Instead of more destination health care, we need hospitals that are integrated into our neighborhoods and provide the services San Francisco needs. These hospitals will serve San Franciscans for the next 100 years. It’s important to get it right.

Marlayne Morgan, San Francisco

 

Lesson from cancer ordeal

Recently, the reports that a few women a year might be getting scared from inconclusive mammogram reports was given as a reason to put off mammograms till one is 50.

I would have far rather been scared than ignored by a doctor when I requested a mammogram at age 37. I had no “family history,” like so many women under 50 that get cancer, and I had it. It was 13 months later when I discovered a lump. The lumpectomy showed the cancer had traveled, and I was in the fight of my life. Under 40, breast cancer tends to be much more aggressive.

So for those who think the health care bill is appropriate, think about your own health. Instead of the bill, demand for a start that California allow many more of the 1,800 medical insurers to compete for business here instead of the six it now allows.

Then folks like myself can, 18 years after having breast cancer, finally get medical insurance.

Janet Campbell, San Francisco

 

Yapping about Obama

I am not “deeply insulted” by President Barack Obama’s bow to Japan’s emperor. And knowing that your national columnists and editorial writers have been barking with “outrage” at Obama since day one of his administration, I am skeptical when you editorialize against this mere exercise of presidential protocol.

You certainly didn’t vote for Obama, so at least you ought to sit on your haunches for the moment and wait to see what foreign policy direction he leads us in before you start yapping about your hurt pride.

Garry Tanner, Concord

 

Check with a doctor

I cannot concur with the Senior Spotlight’s Nov. 12 “Ask Nadar” column response to the question, “I am noticing that my 85-year-old mother is eating less.” A nutritional assessment by a registered dietician could provide answers for why an 85-year-old is eating less.

A dental assessment could provide an examination to address mouth pain, use of dentures or partial plate, teeth problems, gingivitis, abscesses, etc.

Your mother’s primary care physician could provide a thorough medical exam, including lab tests to help identify the cause of her change in nutritional status and provide a referral to the appropriate health care specialists.

A. Matteson, San Francisco
 

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