I’m Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”
Health care reform will be difficult to achieve until we transform our approach from “sick care” to prevention and wellness. This is not a partisan issue. Both parties must reach across the aisle with the goal of making our country healthier.
The challenges we face will require tough policy decisions that go beyond the bounds of a two-year or four-year election cycle. We must stand behind our representatives in Austin and Washington, D.C., who are willing to make necessary tough choices.
We seem to debate the same issues year after year — increased costs, the need for prevention and wellness, and the uninsured. That’s why we are working proactively with business and community leaders to create initiatives like the North Texas Healthcare Reform Policy Agenda. We believe that North Texas needs a strong, united voice speaking out on the issues, reminding our elected officials that health care reform is critical to our nation’s well-being.
A socialized health care system is not the answer. We need a combination of government programs and affordable private insurance. Medicare must be reformed as a first step. We also must incentivize personal responsibility so that people take the initiative to be responsible for their health. Without these critical policy and personal reforms, we cannot move from a “sick care” system to a true “health care” system.
For Texas Health Resources and its faith-based family of hospitals, Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Harris Methodist, and Texas Health Arlington Memorial, I’m Doug Hawthorne.