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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Universal Health Care
12/10/2007

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

With nearly 47 million Americans uninsured, the rising cost of health care is a topic we cannot afford to ignore.

To put things in perspective, the amount spent on health care in the United States is 4.3 times the amount spent on national defense. With 15-point-8 percent of Americans uninsured, the U.S. spends more on health care than other industrialized nations who provide health insurance to all their citizens.

Workers are now paying about $1,100 more in premiums annually for family coverage than they did in 2000, according to the National Coalition on Health Care.

Meanwhile, businesses – which historically have subsidized health insurance for their employees – are facing increasing challenges in funding health care benefits. Some have dropped employee health care benefits altogether. Many others have shifted a larger share of the cost to their workers.

Clearly, we’re all in this together. Maintaining a healthy workforce is a vital part of North Texas’ future – but it will take all of us working together to get the job done.

As the health care debate continues among our state and national policymakers, I encourage business leaders and individuals to join the discussion.

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

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