The University of Michigan program was preceded by concierge services that were already up-and-running at several university hospital systems around the country, including Stanford, Duke, Harvard, Tufts, and the University of North Carolina. Other notable hospital systems to introduce the system include the Mayo Clinic and Massachusetts General Hospital—the latter a hospital originally founded specifically to service the poor, and now charges $6,000 a year out of pocket for on-call physician and nurse services for the wealthy.
By Matthew Brennan | 28 September 2018 | WSWS.org
Nearly 6,000 nurses at Michigan Medicine, formerly University of Michigan Health System, in Ann Arbor, have been working without a contract since June 30. Bargaining between Michigan Medicine and the University of Michigan Professional Nurse Council (UMPNC) union—an affiliate of the Michigan Nurses Council—has reportedly stalled over the university’s refusal to commit to guaranteed nurse-to-patient staffing ratios, increased health care costs, and potential cuts to retirement benefits, among other things.