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Dr. Zerhouni, director, National Institutes of Health, pointed out that when NIH did studies focusing on the question of cost, it showed that 30 years ago, when a doctor was treating a patient, there were three other health care personnel also working with the patient. Today, the average is 17.
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Even if you convince people that this is a good idea, you need money to fund it. That is the obstacle that we face.
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I opposed Clinton's budget deal in 1997 because he brought in $115 billion cut in Medicare that created greater pressure for providers not to participate.
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I think we have to be very careful when we toss around terms like 'cut health care costs.' We would do very well to expect a cut in the rate of increase.
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If you want quality service, you have to pay for it. You don't buy into waste. I have great misgivings about the amount of advertising that we see in the health care field, some by hospitals, a lot by drug companies.
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It is no accident that the reimbursement is in their favor since it was put together largely by representatives of those states. The only way to fix it, since you can't take it away from those who are doing better under the current formula, is you have to bring states like us nearer to the average.
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It makes no sense to tell the country and the profession that we will make the investment to pass it, and then turn around and not fund it.
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It puts the provider in a situation of looking for ways to have someone else pick up a piece of the cost. As a result, every customer who has insurance ends up paying a 'hidden premium.' It simply adds to the health care cost burden.
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People without insurance have a tendency to ignore symptoms until they develop a more acute disease, then they use the emergency room and the hospital has a non-paying customer.
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Society as a whole is better off when information is available to the public. Whether you are talking about how to prevent disease, or about who does the best job of treating disease, it is useful to provide as much information to the public as possible.
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Some are pushing ads for prescriptions that show no added clinical benefit but will cost the system several billion dollars.
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The NRA was one of the items that we pointed to when we added money to the labor, health and Education appropriations bill by reducing the size of the tax cut.
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The services provided to patients are so much broader in scope than in the past, all of that costs more money and I believe that it all has value.
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There is a sign that hangs on my wall that says, 'What is it you want me to do to somebody else that is more important than what you want me to do for you?'
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This is a very difficult question. If you take a look at the aging population and demographics, we are going to have a big increase in the number of health care jobs needed in the state and in the country.
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We are going to see a tremendous number of health professionals retire over the next 8-10 years. We are not doing nearly enough to deal with this problem.
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We don't have enough people going into those fields and there is a high burnout rate in some health care professions, so it is very important that we get more people into the pipeline right now.
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We have to take a look at what advertising itself contributes to added health costs, especially when it is aimed at gullible people.
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We need to be careful when we talk about cutting health care costs. They are not going to be reduced - what we really want to do is do is slow the rate of increase.
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Whether you are from Minnesota, Wisconsin or any other Northern tier state, you are not going to like the reimbursement formula. The problem we face is that we wouldn't have that formula if a majority of the states didn't like it, and they have the majority of the votes.
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