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House Proceeding 07-30-09 on Jul 30th, 2009 :: 1:39:40 to 1:42:25
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Allyson Y. Schwartz

1:39:37 to 1:39:58( Edit History Discussion )

Allyson Y. Schwartz: so that sick people can feel secure in getting health care once they have the subsidy? ms. schwartz: the subsidies, poor people in this country do get medicaid. we are expanding that. these are really people who work, many poor people do as well, work every day and simply don't make enough money to be able to afford the high rates of insurance. that's part of it.

Allyson Y. Schwartz

1:39:40 to 1:42:25( Edit History Discussion )
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Allyson Y. Schwartz

1:39:59 to 1:40:19( Edit History Discussion )

Allyson Y. Schwartz: want to bring down the cost of insurance. again we hope the prite insurers step up to the plate and help us do that. they haven't done areat job of containing costs which is why we are in this situation. once people have insurance we are working hard to make sure the delivery system, all those doctors and nurses and -- can you name all t other health

Allyson Y. Schwartz

1:40:20 to 1:40:40( Edit History Discussion )

Allyson Y. Schwartz: providers are both available and that we are traing enough. we anticipate if we don't do something about the lack of primary care physicians, in 20 25, there will be 46,000 too few primary care doctors. that's a a lot of us are getting older. all of us are getting older, i guess.

Allyson Y. Schwartz

1:40:41 to 1:41:02( Edit History Discussion )

Allyson Y. Schwartz: neither of you are, of course. but we also know that -- we want to make sure we have the kind of care for every age. and we are not getting the quality out of the system we know we should. that also is an issue we have taken up in this legislation. we want to encourage our hospitals and our doctors through financial carrots, there

Allyson Y. Schwartz

1:41:03 to 1:41:23( Edit History Discussion )

Allyson Y. Schwartz: might be sticks, are creating incentives for our doctors and our hospitals to improve quality. one of the examples many of us are becoming aware of is infections and -- you get in a hospital. or when you leave the hospital after surgery that you don't have the right kind of follow-up once you get home and you end up back in the hospital.

Allyson Y. Schwartz

1:41:24 to 1:41:45( Edit History Discussion )

Allyson Y. Schwartz: that's not only really hrt 238 -- nurlt for the person affected it's also expensive for all of us. so if we can and our hospitals can, we can encourage our hospitals and insist upon our hospitals making sure that they reduce the number of infections and repeat readmission wee, would all be better off. that's what we are trying to do. there are many pages ofhat we

Allyson Y. Schwartz

1:41:46 to 1:42:07( Edit History Discussion )

Allyson Y. Schwartz: call delivery system reforms, we are encouraging everything from home visits after a baby is born to the family to, as i talked about primary care and medical homes, and ways doctors can organize themselves. and we are setting out a goal of changing some of the way we pay doctors and hospitals to

Allyson Y. Schwartz

1:42:08 to 1:42:25( Edit History Discussion )

Allyson Y. Schwartz: encourage them to really look at quality and to save dollars and improve health outcomes. that's one of most discouraging things for all the dollars we spend, $2.5 trillion, not all government, half in the private sector, we don't have the find of healthy americans we should. and that is part of our goal

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