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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Improving Community Health: When Business Gets Involved, Government Listens
04/18/2005

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

When business gets involved in issues of public policy, our government listens. Policymakers understand that our livelihoods, our families, and the strength of our communities depend on vibrant, growing businesses providing jobs.

Business leaders are concerned about the rising cost of providing employee health insurance. They also understand that healthy employees are vital to the success of their businesses because healthy employees are more productive and loyal. If family members are healthy, employees also are less likely to miss work taking care of a loved one.

Business leaders I’ve talked with are not only committed to the health care needs of their employees, they’re also concerned about maintaining a community safety net of care that provides access to quality health care for everyone.

Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program cannot solve the problem of the growing number of uninsured in Texas. We need private employers to facilitate access to health insurance. To help make that happen, government could offer incentives for businesses to provide insurance coverage for employees, including family dependents.

Working together, businesses and health care providers are helping legislators craft workable, compassionate public policy that will enable the Dallas – Fort Worth Metroplex to continue to be what Site Selection magazine recently called “the nation’s best region for business relocations and expansions.” A healthy economy requires healthy people to keep it growing.

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

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