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KAISER'S DAVID LAWRENCE ADDRESSES NATIONAL HEALTH CARE REFORM AT NATIONAL LABOR MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE

 KAISER'S DAVID LAWRENCE ADDRESSES NATIONAL HEALTH CARE REFORM
 AT NATIONAL LABOR MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE
 WASHINGTON, May 29 /PRNewswire/ -- David M. Lawrence, M.D., chairman of Kaiser Foundation and Hospitals, keynoted the second day of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service's Sixth National Labor-Management Conference, being held in Washington May 27-29, by describing needed options in national health care reform.
 Prefacing his remarks, Lawrence noted that health care reform is a pressing issue because it is a matter of the quality of American life, a matter affecting American competitiveness and a matter too important to be resolved in a presidential election year.
 Lawrence then said that any reform effort would need to continue and stimulate the revolution in the reorganization and delivery of health care going on now in the United States. Lawrence continued by saying any reform effort would have to continue and stimulate the current revolution in medical science. Third, he stated we must find or create responsible institutions to guide this reform, which are sensitive to issues arising during the rest of this century.
 Noting the advances of more efficient and less costly health delivery during the last five years, Lawrence called for avoidance of budget driven reforms which could effectively freeze the development of health care organization and delivery systems.
 At the same time, we need to be concerned about the science of health care, Lawrence claimed. At a time when we are learning what produces the best clinical outcomes for a variety of diseases, national health care reform must avoid interfering with the development of new scientific advances. In the long run, this research will produce the cost savings we are seeking now.
 Finally, there is the matter of institutions to oversee health care reform, Lawrence pointed out. These must deal with ethical questions and resource constraints in a very responsible and sensitive manner, while balancing the interests of a variety of American population groups.
 Lawrence cited the long-term nature of health care investments. This economic dimension must be an added consideration for the institutions created to undertake and implement health care reform.
 For labor and management, health care reform will raise questions of responsible data collection, limitations of choice, workmen's compensation reform and creation of apolitical institutions to search for better ethical solutions to current problems.
 Lawrence indicated his intention in these remarks was not to advocate any one solution but to stimulate the thinking of labor and management practitioners about necessary dimensions of health care reform. These must preserve current, valuable trends while developing the means of advanced services at lower cost, he said.
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