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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Health Care and the 2008 Presidential Elections
07/21/2008

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I’m Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”

Health care reform promises to remain a primary topic of debate among presidential candidates as the race for the White House heats up.

Barack Obama proposes universal coverage, while John McCain proposes market reforms to address the escalating costs of health care.

Ironically, despite all the rhetoric aimed at reforming health care, the one thing you can count on in the short term is that no tangible reforms are likely to take shape until well into 2009 or beyond. And even then they’ll face a myriad of challenges as they make their way through House and Senate approvals on their way to the president’s desk.

Meanwhile, 47 million Americans are uninsured. Seventy-five percent of all health care dollars are spent on chronic disease*. And for the first time in history, life expectancies of some U.S. populations are declining** – a phenomenon common in third world countries.

As business leaders and as consumers of health care, we must act locally to help drive transformation of our nation’s health care system, and we must act now. That’s why Texas Health Resources has joined with local business leaders and civic groups to formulate meaningful solutions – right here in North Texas. For more information, visit TexasHealth.org and click on North Texas Health Care Forum.

For our faith-based hospitals – Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Arlington Memorial – I’m Doug Hawthorne.

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* U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

** Harvard School of Public Health study as published in Public Library of Science

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