Hospital TV ads not worth the investment

I read with interest the letter, "TV hospital advertising doesn't make sense," (April 18). Yes, it seems that most hospitals are opting now to advertise on television. I am sure that the commercials are very expensive, and I doubt if the competition that arises lowers the cost of health care. When my husband was diagnosed with a malignant tumor at the base of his tongue last year, our local physician sent us directly to Yale-New Haven Hospital. He had four surgeries there and spent over 40 days at Smilow Cancer Center, and then came back to Backus Hospital in Norwich where he spent over 60 days receiving chemotherapy and other treatments.

Our experiences at both hospitals were extraordinary, and I am sure that the final cost of all of his treatments ran into the millions. Although he put up a tremendous fight for his life, and the health care that he received was phenomenal, he lost his battle in January at the age of 59. I cope with his loss by believing that someday the cure will be found, and no one will have to endure the horrors of the last six months of my husband's life.

In the mean time, I find myself quite often humming that catchy song about being free.

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