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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Expanding Health Insurance Coverage (Part 1)

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

One in four Texans is without health insurance. This is a problem that demands the attention of not only business leaders, government and the healthcare industry, but every individual in our society.

Statistics fail to open our eyes until we see the real people the numbers represent. The uninsured and under-insured are all around us.

They are entrepreneurs running a small business. They’re contract laborers. They’re college students. They’re service workers who cannot afford private insurance. They’re working single parents struggling to make ends meet. They may be covered by their employer but can’t afford to pay for family coverage. These people are possibly your neighbors, no matter how affluent your neighborhood.

The uninsured live in widely diverse circumstances, each with its own challenges. We must recognize these differences and acknowledge that complex problems call for multi-faceted solutions.

I applaud President Bush and our nation’s leaders for making health care a top priority. As the health care debate continues among our state and national policy makers, I encourage business leaders and individuals to join the discussion.

The problem of the uninsured and under-insured is not a partisan issue. It is a community issue. All segments of the community must work together to solve it – that includes employers, individuals, hospitals, physicians, insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, and government.

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

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