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'REINVENT' AMERICA'S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, SAYS AHA'S DAVIDSON

 'REINVENT' AMERICA'S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, SAYS AHA'S DAVIDSON
 /ADVANCE/ WASHINGTON, May 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The president of the American Hospital Association presented a plan for "reinventing" the American health care delivery system before a congressional committee today.
 The plan could end the "medical arms race" by giving health care providers a reason to hold down costs, said Richard J. Davidson. "It's time to junk the policies of the past, overhaul the health delivery structure and encourage different behaviors by consumers, providers and payers," Davidson said. "Only in that way will we achieve access for all to needed services at a cost this country, employers and citizens can afford."
 AHA represents most of the nation's 6,649 hospitals.
 Speaking before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, Davidson said the keystone to a reformed health care system should be "community care networks," linking together hospitals, physicians and other health care providers. A network would provide all necessary health care services to enrolled patients for a set fee per year. Each patient would have a single entry point for all services, rather than having to call many providers to get care.
 Since health care providers in a network would be tied together financially, they would cooperate to reduce costs rather than compete to duplicate services, Davidson said.
 "Once hospitals, physicians and others are linked within a network, their incentive would be to avoid future duplication of technology, services and facilities," Davidson said. "Community care networks would move the concept of competition away from the medical arms race to a level based on service to patients."
 Networks also would contain costs by encouraging patients to stay healthy, the AHA president said. Patients would have easy access to "more efficient preventive care now in order to avoid the use of more costly acute care later," he said.
 Davidson said the federal government could help community care networks form quickly by directing Medicare and Medicaid patients to use networks and by offering tax incentives for network use. Antitrust laws also would need to be changed to allow stepped up collaboration between health care providers, he said.
 The AHA president repeated the association's call for universal access to basic health care benefits. The association favors a "play or pay" type approach to health care financing in which employers would offer health insurance to all employees and their families, or pay the premiums necessary to enroll their workers in a single public insurance plan. Everyone not employed or not having an individual insurance policy would get their health insurance through the public plan.
 The AHA, a not-for-profit organization, serves as a national advocate for hospitals and the patients they serve, provides education and information for its members and informs the public about hospital and health care issues.
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