Hospitals in Show-Me State Play the Shame Card

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media , September 18, 2013

"Sadly, depending on where you live, your community may be part of Missouri's downward spiral in health status," MHA President/CEO Herb B. Kuhn said in prepared remarks. "The gaps in life expectancy between communities with higher incomes and increased access to care, often separated by mere miles, are profound. That's bad for Missouri and the state's economy."

If it's any consolation, Missouri already ranks 42nd in health status according to America's Health Rankings – close enough to the bottom that it wouldn't be a long drop.

MHA spokesman David M. Dillon says the state's hospitals are hopeful that state legislators and the general public will be motivated to change the status quo once they understand that Missouri health statistics rival those of Third World countries.

"One of the important parts of this report versus a lot of the more academic stuff we have done in the past is that it shines a pretty bright light on comparatives and gives individuals an opportunity to understand it in a way they might not otherwise," he says.

"If you look at the state of the state, there is this preconception about what Medicaid covers and who it covers and you'd think we have two metros so it's an urban problem. Well, not so much. It is very much a rural problem."

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2 comments on "Hospitals in Show-Me State Play the Shame Card"

R Daniel King (9/19/2013 at 12:56 PM)
Missouri Hospital Association is acting like the unions did in supporting ObamaCare that no one ever read. Today, the "shame" is on the unions because their membership is going pay and pay. Expanded Medicaid, like ObamaCare, is a dead program spending, taxing, regulating and cutting. Once the MHA membership witness the expanded control Medicaid has over hospitals and physicians they will change their tune like the unions have. We do know from decades of Hawaiian history that employer health insurance mandates can achieve three outcomes. First, a state can achieve 98% coverage. Second, the effort will destroy small businesses who survive by cutting full-time employees to part-time resulting in Hawaii's present 90% coverage. Third, that even with federal funds (QUEST program) to "share" in covering the cost of the chronically ill and hard to insure 2% of the population, the effort is unsustainable. ObamaCare along with expanded Medicaid are two dead programs subsidizing, taxing, regulating and destroying economies. The unions are just the first canary signaling the death of ObamaCare. The question is how many states are going to economically die with it?

Dr J (9/18/2013 at 4:25 PM)
The elected officials in the states that passed on billions of federal dollars will eventually have to answer for their decision... meanwhile the taxpayers in those states that rejected federal funds might take comfort in knowing that their federal tax dollars are being used to fund hospitals and healthcare for lower income people in all the other states who agreed to accept federal funds and expand Medicaid.




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