Covering the Uninsured: What’s at Stake?|
I’m Doug Hawthorne, president and CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”
An estimated 45 million Americans are uninsured. It doesn’t matter if they’re currently healthy, if they’re adults or children, or if they’re eligible for, but uncovered by, public programs or employer-sponsored plans. They still are uninsured, and we all end up paying the cost of their care.
Often, when the uninsured get sick, their only option is to worry and hope they get better. Sadly, many health problems that could be easily treated in the early stages are allowed to deteriorate until they become more serious, more expensive to treat or cost a life.
Incremental steps to expand health coverage via Medicaid, the State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and other programs have helped extend coverage to some portions of the uninsured population, but none of these efforts have significantly reduced the number of uninsured.
Texas Health Resources has joined a coalition of concerned organizations to help raise awareness and develop solutions to this crisis – especially in Texas, the state with the highest rate of uninsured residents.
The health of 45 million fellow Americans is at stake. I invite you to join nonpartisan discussions about this issue. Let’s work together to recommend solutions to a problem that affects us all.
For Texas Health Resources and its faith-based hospitals – Harris Methodist, Presbyterian and Arlington Memorial – I’m Doug Hawthorne with “The Business of Health Care Report.”