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Central Florida News 13

Healthcare Concerns

Central Florida News 13
January 25, 2006

6:25:15 AM

[Transcript of television broadcast]


Healthcare Concerns

Students, doctors and regular citizens, they all want the same thing, an improved healthcare system.

Concerned citizen Andre Labante told us, "I'm concerned healthcare won't be there, ha, ha, ha, when I'm older, the next 20 years, the way it's going with National debt, availability, things of that nature."

Concerned citizen Bert Reams said, "I think we are in a crisis situation, but I don't think anything will be done until it becomes unraveled completely."

This was said in one of 30 public meetings that are taking place across the country. The Citizens for Health Care Working Group invites the public to comment on four questions concerning healthcare.

What benefits and services should be provided?

How should healthcare be delivered?

How should coverage be financed?

What trade-off are the public willing to make?

Andre Labante with Citizens Healthcare said, "This is the American public truly engaging in this process, not the experts deciding, but all of us together."

The "Working Group" is a product of the 2003 Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act. Basically what they're doing is traveling across the country and gathering health concerns and suggestions from the American public then they'll come up with a set of recommendations based on these suggestions and present them to the President as well as Congress.

In the spring of this year the "Working Group" will come up with a preliminary report that will be available online for additional public comment. They hope.

Montye Conlan with the Citizens Healthcare Working Group said, "We can come up with a better healthcare system, one that's fair to everyone, one that works for everyone, but reduces cost, improves access and maintains or improves quality."

The group will make their presentation to the President and Congress in September of 2006.

That's a look at Your Health,

Nancy Gay, Central Florida News 13.


© 2006 Central Florida News 13