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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Health Care Crisis in Texas

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

Hospitals across Texas are under pressure to meet an ever-increasing demand for health care services. Texas continues to have the highest rate of uninsured in the nation, with one in four Texans lacking health insurance.

Since 2000, the population of Texas has increased twice as fast as the national average. Meanwhile, the state’s population is aging rapidly, creating more demand for hospital services.

Adding to the problem, Texas hospitals are facing serious workforce shortages, and government health care programs are not funded adequately. And with the recent economic downturn, hospitals are seeing an increase in the number of uninsured patients and a decrease in the number of patients seeking elective procedures.

The national health care system is in dire need of reform, and the health of our country is not the only thing at stake. Hospitals are second only to full-service restaurants as the major source of private sector jobs. In Texas alone, hospital jobs generate $96.4 billion a year in economic activity.

Texas Health hospitals employ more than 18,000 workers in North Texas and provide hundreds of millions of dollars worth of charity care each year.

I urge you, for the health of our state and our economy: Get involved. It will take all of us working together to bring meaningful reform to our health care system. For more information, visit

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

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