NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A new poll shows strong opposition to selling New Hanover Regional Medical Center.
A poll of 600 New Hanover County voters was conducted on November 7 and 8.
87% of respondents had heard of the proposed sale, with 64% thinking a sale would decrease the quality of healthcare in the area.
74% fear costs would rise and 82% are not in favor of selling to a for-profit group. 65% would vote against politicians who supported the sale.
In September, county commissioners voted 3-2 to explore the sale of the county-owned hospital.
The poll was commissioned by the New Hanover County Democratic Party and done by Public Policy Polling out of Raleigh.
New Hanover County issued the following statement:
The poll questions presume the policy is and will be to sell the hospital, but the current directive from the Board of Commissioners and the task ahead for the Partnership Advisory Group (PAG) is to look at a host of opportunities for the hospital and the future of healthcare in our community – from remaining standalone to selling, with many options in between. The PAG’s charge is to craft a Request for Proposals that allows for optionality to continue standalone and independent, and the conversations ahead will not be focused on just a “sell or don’t sell” decision.
New Hanover Regional Medical Center issued the following statement:
It’s not surprising that the majority of poll respondents would not support a sale. A sale is not being proposed at this time and no one has made a case for it. The Partnership Advisory Group is in the early stages of their evaluation process and we are months away from even knowing what our options are for improving access to high quality, affordable health care in our region. We hope area residents will watch the process going forward carefully to truly know what is being considered.