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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Expanding Medical Coverage Benefits Texas Business
03/04/2013

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

A recent survey of consumers and business people across Texas asked them to name the top issues they want the Texas legislature to address. Forty-three percent of the people said, “creating jobs.” Thirty-one percent said, “maintaining access to healthcare.”

Texas Health is working on both of those issues.

Texas Health Resources and other health systems in DFW are major economic drivers, providing more than 237,000 jobs in the DFW area and generating more than $12 billion in economic impact.

Private hospitals like those in Texas Health also provide access to healthcare for a majority of people in North Texas, including uninsured workers who do not have employer-sponsored coverage.

We must find ways to expand coverage to the working uninsured and provide access to care for all workers. Expanding coverage to care for workers could benefit small businesses that cannot afford to offer coverage by helping their employees return to work faster, stay healthier and be more productive. It could also help larger employers by lowering their health benefit costs because they indirectly subsidize those who receive care but have no means to pay.

Texas Health will continue working with employers and policy makers to expand coverage to improve overall well-being and lower healthcare benefits costs.

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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