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Letter Cedars-Sinai finally sent to parents of infected children

The following is a letter sent out by Cedars-Sinai to parents of children that had contracted HIV in their neonatal facility. Note, of course, that this letter comes approximately three years after the hospital learned off the bad blood transfusions.


April 5, 1993

Dear Parent:

Your child received a blood transfusion in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center prior to March of 1985. To assist your family and child at this time, the Medical Center offers your child an opportunity to receive future hospital care (inpatient and outpatient) at the Medical Center related to HIV positivity regardless of your ability to pay for the full cost of such services.

To assist you, if you maintain insurance for your child, the Medical Center will agree to accept assignment of that insurance as payment in full. If your insurance has expired or is unavailable at premiums affordable to you, we will work with you to identify potential alternative coverage or funding sources. Regardless of your child's current insurability, our goal is to assist you in obtaining care for your child at the Medical Center with a minimum financial hardship to your family. To participate, you must be willing to undergo financial screening so that your specific economic needs can be better understood.

The care which we are offering to your child does not include payment for services provided by your private physician or for services rendered at facilities other than Cedars-Sinai Medical Center or by non-medical Center doctors. If you are interested in participating, please discuss this opportunity with your primary physician. If after the discussion you elect to obtain care for your child at the Medical Center, please contact me and I will refer you to the Medical Center's Medical Social Work Department and Patient Financial Screening. Once eligibility is determined, a representative of the Medical Center's administration will discuss our needs and agree upon a plan of care.

We hope to provide you and your child an opportunity to limit the financial hardship which this illness may impose.


Philip A. Brunell, M.D..
Associate Director of Academic Affairs Chief
Division of Infectious Diseases
Ahmanson Pediatric Center
PAB :ldl

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