Medical Community Speaks out on Healthcare

Healthcare continues to be one of the most talked about issues. Insiders are now saying Congress is unlikely to pass anything on healthcare reform before the August recess. Meantime leaders of the local medical community spoke out at a news conference. Bill Stamps has more.

It was kind of a who’s who among the Texas Medical Center: CEOs or Presidents of Memorial Hermann, Ben Taub, UT Health Science Center, MD Anderson. All of them — and a few politicans — wanting to show their concern for the Presidents’s new health care reform plan.

Congressman Kevin Brady of HoustonThis is Congressman Kevin Brady of Houston:

“It outta be a red flag to congress that if the leaders of the Texas Medical Center, the leading health care institution in the world have concerns about this bill, then everyone out to have concerns about what’s going on.”

The hospitals say they are given extra funding by the federal government to make up for the money they lose on poor Americans and undocumented immigrants. But under the Presidents bill that money would go towards paying for the expanded health care system. Hospital leaders say they’re already hurting and that would only make things worse. Dan Wolterman CEO of the Memorial Hermann System.

“They really haven’t come down to where ground zero is. Places here like Ben Taub or at Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center level one trauma center, or a number of other facilities to see what it’s like.”

Just about all of the leading men and women in the room said the healthcare system needs reforming. They would like to bring down the costs as well as bring the millions of uninsured into the system. But they say the current bill has too many flaws. And they say there’s no need to rush into a vote on something so important.

Bill Stamps KUHF Houston public radio news.

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