He received awesome care there.
The missions of public and private hospitals are not exactly the same. Public hospitals are training grounds. Much of your research also occurs at public teaching hospitals. Yes, public hospitls take care of folks that the private ones just as soon not.
I recall back in 1978 when I was on staff at E.A. Conway our getting a gunshot victim who had laid at a local private hospital for the better part of four hours before they decided to send him to us because he had no insurance. They did some basic stabilization and that was it. Again, keep in mind that this was 1978. Long story short, the patient died. We were not able to do the surgery and had to send him to LSUS. If we could have gotten him 3 hrs earlier, he might have made it, although we will never know.
Many times I have known folks who used the charity system and the care was quite comparable and compassionate.
Other states also have "public hospitals". They are under county or municipal ownership. We are unique in that we have a statewide network of public hospitals. However, the other states also have public hospitals. They are just packaged a little differently.