Hopkins must raise its pay [Letter]

As a Baltimore County physician leader, I support the opinion of the city physicians ("Hopkins should support its employees," April 7). Employees should make enough so that we are not paying their children's health care cost through Medicaid.

As a Johns Hopkins graduate, I am aware of what an honor it is supposed to be to get underpaid to work at Hopkins. It reminds me of Mos Def's character helping the Hopkins surgeon in the movie, "Something the Lord Made," and Henrietta Lacks' cells becoming the immortal HeLa cell lines. Hopkins and Harvard easily studied the effect of eating more fruit and vegetables improving their employees' blood pressure — there were so many in the cafeterias three times a day.

Hopkins owns much of the real estate around the hospital. I know how hard it is to push a patient's bed a quarter-mile in medical school. I was the Employee Health physician at Greater Baltimore Medical Center so I saw all the cases of pain from work for years. Hopkins needs to support its employees and the surrounding population. I am impressed that Hopkins physicians express their opinion against the hospital as every physician must help everyone they see.

Theodore Houk, Lutherville

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