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HEALTH CARE PRINCIPLES ENDORSED BY U.S. TEXTILE INDUSTRY

 NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Leaders of the U.S. textile industry today a endorsed set of national health care principles calling for joint government/industry programs within the framework of "managed competition."
 The board of directors of the American Textile Manufacturers Institute (ATMI), representing roughly three-fourths of the U.S. textile industry, adopted 10 principles which the board believes will broaden coverage and help control runaway costs.
 "We support the principle that all Americans should have access to affordable, quality health care services," the board's resolution said. "With 37 million Americans currently not covered by health insurance and millions more inadequately insured, and the costs of health care delivery rising at more than five times the rate of inflation, fundamental change in the system is urgently needed."
 ATMI recommended that the health care delivery system continue to be employment-based, and that the unemployed be covered by expanded federal and state government programs.
 A managed competition approach, ATMI said, would encourage employers, consumers and governments to shop wisely for health delivery services and will use competitive market forces to bring rising costs under control.
 The ATMI proposals strongly support programs promoting healthy lifestyles and measures to prevent or minimize illness, such as early intervention into medical cases, immunization and medical screening.
 ATMI also called for tort reform which it said will "reduce the costs of expensive malpractice litigation and settlements and the expenses of defensive medicine."
 "We recognize that additional monies may be necessary to provide coverage for the uninsured," the ATMI resolution said. "Of the many sources of funds available, the combination chosen should come only after all means of cost control have been exhausted. Any revenue program should be implemented on an equitable basis that does not adversely impact either the competitiveness of U.S. industries or the quality of care."
 Following is the full text of the ATMI resolution.
 AMERICAN TEXTILE MANUFACTURERS INSTITUTE
 Health Care Policy Positions (Adopted March 18, 1993)
 "We support the principle that all Americans should have access to affordable, quality health care services. With 37 million Americans currently not covered by health insurance and millions more inadequately insured and the costs of health care delivery rising at more than five times the rate of inflation, we believe fundamental change in the system is urgently needed. This change must be brought about by a combination of government and private initiatives.
 "We support efforts by all major stakeholders -- employers, employees, retirees, federal and state governments, hospital administrators, physicians, drug companies and other health care providers, labor unions and insurers -- to bring about comprehensive reform in the health delivery system.
 "We support efforts to build upon the current employment-based system of medical coverage supplemented by coverage provided by federal and state governments.
 "We support the concept of 'managed competition' to encourage employers, consumers and governments to shop wisely for health delivery services and to bring about cost reductions through market forces utilizing managed care. Cost sharing must be an essential element in health care delivery systems, since this will encourage more intelligent purchasing of insurance and reduce unnecessary utilization. However, cost sharing should not impose serious financial hardship or inhibit necessary use of health care services.
 "We support programs promoting a healthy lifestyle and measures to prevent or minimize illness, such as early intervention, immunization and medical screening.
 "We support tort reform, which will reduce the costs of expensive malpractice litigation and settlements and the cost of defensive medicine.
 "We support the development of standards for claims forms and electronic transmission of data to reduce paperwork and red tape.
 "We support development and review of medical practice guidelines for cost and quality of performance. The guidelines should include quality indicators, technology assessments, outcome research and procedure guidelines. There should be no shifting of costs from the uninsured or underinsured to those who are insured.
 "We support a major education effort to inform all involved about the urgent need for reform and the necessity for all to accept trade- offs in order to achieve equitable solutions to the staggering problem of rising health care costs.
 "We recognize that additional monies may be necessary to provide coverage for the uninsured. Of the many sources of funds available, the combination chosen should come only after all means of cost control have been exhausted. Further, any revenue program should be implemented on an equitable basis that does not adversely impact either the competitiveness of U.S. industry or the quality of care."
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 /CONTACT: Deborah E. Anderson or James A. Morrissey of the American Textile Manufacturers Institute (in Nashville), 615-889-1000/


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