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I’m Doug Hawthorne, president and CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”
President Bush said in his State of the Union speech, “keeping America competitive requires affordable health care.” I salute President Bush for making health care reform a key piece of his vision for our nation and for continuing the debate at the highest level about how to accomplish this critical health goal.
Health care reform is not just cost-shifting or tax cuts, and it’s not just about Medicare and Medicaid reform. If we continue to approach health care reform in a fractious, narrow-interest, partisan way, we will continue to have fragmented, expensive and increasingly inequitable health care in the wealthiest nation the world has ever produced.
We must take a collaborative approach, starting with development of a bipartisan, comprehensive National Health Care Policy. It is absolutely essential that all parties come to the table without their special interests at the top of the agenda. If we approach reform with the goal of improving access and the patient and family experience, all of the other interests also will be well-served.
The debate must include government policy makers at the highest levels, medical groups, major employers, managed care companies and consumer advocates. Only by working together can we develop effective solutions to meet the health care challenges facing our society.
For Texas Health Resources and its faith-based hospitals – Harris Methodist, Presbyterian and Arlington Memorial – I’m Doug Hawthorne.