Local Medical Professionals Welcome Supreme Court Ruling as Good News
(IOWA CITY) KGAN/KXFA– For cancer patients like Chuck Dahlgaard, having good medical insurance literally saved his life.”If I didn’t have my healthcare or Medicare,” said the 69-year-old. “I wouldn’t be here. I’d be dead right now.”That’s why the leaders of the state’s four major hospital systems, Mercy Health Network, Genesis Health System, Mercy (Cedar Rapids) and the University of Iowa Health Care, welcomed the US Supreme Court’s decision to rule in favor of President Obama’s affordable health care act Thursday. “It is a good thing for all Americans to have the ability to get health care coverage either through the government, their employer or to be able to buy it on their own,” said Douglas Cropper, President and CEO of Genesis Health System. Even as mandated, individual healthcare was upheld – these doctors and administrators announced a major initiative to make that care less expensive – and better. “Hospitals led by physicians and other clinicians need to step up and take part and lead this reform effort,” said Dave Villlinga, President and CEO of Mercy Health Network in Des MoinesThe University of Iowa Health Alliance is a group of 50 hospitals and more than 160 clinics. Their goal is to lower costs for patients by hospitals sharing costs.Linked electronically, the group will share patient information to keep patients from being bounced around.For example, UIHC has one of the leading kidney transplant programs in the state. Mercy medical center in Cedar Rapids provides dialysis. Under UIHA, a patient with dialysis that needs a transplant would no longer have to be shuffled between both hospitals but information would be shared so that they’re treated at one.”That would decrease costs for the families and that would decrease costs for the patients,” said Dr. Jean Robilliard, VP of Medical Affairs for UI. For people like Chuck the reforms across the country and now in iowa, are good news. “People need to have some form of health care because without it, it could be catastrophic,” he said.