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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Employer-Based Coverage Continues to Decline

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

It used to be that affordable health care coverage was a common part of most employee compensation packages. That, unfortunately, is not the case anymore.

A recent survey by the National Institute for Health Care Reform confirmed what many people in North Texas have experienced. Between 2007 and 2010, the share of children and working-age adults in the United States with employer-sponsored health insurance dropped 10 percentage points, to 53 percent.

The study asserts that even when the economy improves and employment rebounds, the decline will continue in the number of companies offering health coverage. As companies raise co-pays and increase the share of premiums that employees pay, fewer employees will sign up for company-sponsored coverage.

As more of the cost of health care shifts from employers and insurance companies to employees, Texas Health is finding innovative ways to deliver more value to people. In these challenging times, we’re changing how health care is delivered and managed. We’re collaborating with physicians and forming cooperative arrangements with other regional health systems to provide integrated, coordinated care, improve outcomes and reduce costs.

Times are changing, but our commitment remains firm to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve.

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

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