Advocates for these patients have blasted the plan as an elaborate way to dump them and make them someone else’s problem.
The advocates say these patients have had about a month to make their relocation decisions. The patients are worried about the quality of care, and about moving family members, leaving others behind, finding work and upsetting the lives they’ve established in the metro area.
They also say Grady officials are scaring them about their prospects should they stay.
“This is the most ridiculous proposal for health care one could imagine,” said the Rev. Timothy McDonald, a leader of the patient advocacy group the Grady Coalition. “Totally unacceptable.”
Several advocates say they plan to protest the plan at today’s meeting of the Grady corporate board.