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This week while speaking with two elected officials they asked my opinion on a subject so I decided to make it into this week’s reader poll. The question . . . Would Las Vegas visitors support paying a $5 additional room fee, per trip not per day, for the luxury of having an emergency onsite hospital available 24-hours a day, seven days a week at each major casino?
Reader Poll Replies:

I think $5 is a cheap price to pay for having an emergency care hospital on site.  Got my Vote.  Glenda  E. FL

* No, I am tired of being taxed and I dont think another $5 is a good investment for me for something I may never use.  Linda D.  TX

* Five dollars is a modest investment in homeland security. Even with the risk of establishing a new tax, an on-site hospital will serve visitors and residents on a daily basis. In an emergency of any sort, the convenience will be worth it. You would only loose $5 a visit, if you never needed to use the service. This really isn't a bet you hope to win, anyhow.  Pamela Mackey

Finally a no brainer as far as a extra fee on something. YES it would be great to have an on site medical facility.  If by saving one life a year it would be worth every five dollars you spent per stay.  Super idea.  Why??  Cause one never knows what mother nature has in store for us.  Watcherboy

* Can't happen, even if visitors paid $500 per trip. I am a registered nurse and I guarantee your current medical facilities cannot now staff enough qualified personnel, much less each hotel locating such trained staff. A first aid station with laymen trained in basic emergency procedures would be the only feasible alternative, and even then each hotel would struggle to find qualified trainers. Also, the overhead cost for basic supplies and the legal liability would make this an unpalatable concept for bottom-line focused casino operations and corporations.  Michele Morris

My gut reaction to supporting a $5 per trip charge at LV hotels for a hospital service was "absolutely". But then questions came up, such as "Would the actual fees for the service be outrageous?" They probably would be, so if I truly had a medical emergency I would probably still need to go to a clinic or regular hospital. Now, if that $5 per visitor actually pays for the facility and the services, I say, "Why not?" Someday I may need those services, and even if I don't, they'll come in handy for someone else. Bottom line: If the $5 actually covers the service, my answer is yes. If the $5 only pays for having the structure there but I still have to pay out the nose for medical care my insurance will cover somewhere else, my answer is no.  Thank you,  Tim Phillips

*  Yes, $5.00 won't make or break anyone. Stephen Goodwin

* I do not believe people would be receptive of pay an additional $5.00 a day added on their hotel bill. Some places still charge an energy charge other charges a resort fee and almost all charge you $1.00 a day for just having the phone in your room and they don't care if you don't use it you are still charged. I stayed in one of the Casinos last year and my daughter fainted and the Casino had their own doctor and was there in no time. They even followed up later with a phone call to see if she was ok. The ambulance also came, which we did not use but if we did they have good hospitals in Las Vegas that is very close to all casinos. So I do not think this is necessary. I feel the hotels are going up in price on their own they don't need any additional add charges.  Jone

*   No way. don't need it.  Just a way to waste money.  If you have a med-center to go to that's all you need.  G.J. Smith

* Yes I think it is a great idea.  Harry Halligan

C'mon!!! $5 a day for a hospital in each casino/hotel. how about $1 a day for fewer units serving groups of casino/hotels. For instance, one unit could easily serve the super cluster consisting of Bellagio, Caesars, Bally, Paris, Aladdin/Planet Hollywood, Barbary Coast, Flamingo. Another would cover MGM Grand, New York, NY, Excalibur, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, Tropicana. Venetian, TI, Harrahs, Imperial Palace and Mirage could have their own or share the super cluster unit or have a smaller sub-unit.  Also, who would run these. most hospitals are part of huge for-profit corporations running large numbers of hospitals. wouldn't existing Las Vegas hospitals be threatened by the new in-Resort units? This just sounds like another way to separate the visitor from more of his cash to help support a state that does very well with it's current gaming income.  Bill

* I am against this for one major reason--I don't want the doctor operating on me-taking bets on the side on my living or dying-and if he comes in with a dealers hat-i'm outta there!  dejalanee215

* No, I cannot support the concept of a $5.00 per stay additional room fee to setup an emergency onsite hospital available 24-hours a day. I already pay for health insurance. I believe if you inquire you will also find out there is a VERY high percentage of the hotel customers who also already pay for health insurance. There are not hospitals setup in bowling alleys, churches, bars, tall city office buildings, strip clubs, etc.-etc.. The city might need to find other ways to get to emergencies.  Larry Strehl  Tampa


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