From the Richmond Enquirer, 1/13/1863
The faculty are under the necessity of announcing a further
advance of the charges in this establishment, in consequence of the steady and
heavy increase of its expenses. Notwithstanding the increase of rates adopted
during the past year, the exorbitant prices of supplies of every description,
have caused the expenditures for several months past to exceed the receipts;
and, in view of the additional burden now arising from the increased rates of
hire for nurses and other servants, the alternative is forced upon the Faculty
of closing the Hospital, or of adopting such a scale of charges as may protect
it from heavy loss. Unwilling to take the former step, they have fixed upon the
following charges, to take effect on and after the 10th inst., both as to new
patients, and those remaining in the Hospital:
White persons, in private rooms, $20 per week, or $3.50 per day, for less than a
White persons, in public wards, $15 per week, or $2.50 per day.
Negroes, $12 per week, or $2.00 per day.
The charges include board, medical attendance, medicine,
nursing and washing.
A small fee (varying from $2.00 to $30.00,) will be
charged, as heretofore, for Surgical Operations.
A comparison of the above rates for white persons, with the
cost of board and medical treatment in a hotel or boarding house, shows that the
advantage of economy is largely in favor of the Hospital. It is also manifest
that negroes can be treated more cheaply in the Hospital at this time than
Payment for the first week must be made in advance. After
the first week, payment must be made weekly, or a written obligation given to
settle all dues on the discharge of the patient. When the party is a non
resident of Richmond, or is unknown to the officers of the Hospital, guarantee
of payment must be made by some known and responsible resident of the city. The
impossibility of obtaining supplies, except for cash, explains the necessity of
requiring these conditions.
L. S. JOYNES, M. D.,
President of the Hospital.
JAS. H. CONWAY, M. D.,
HENRY R. MELVIN, M. D.
MARSHALL T. BELL, M. D.,
G. G. Turnley, steward.
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