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Healthcare Reform: Why We Can't Turn Back

Tom Strauss, Summa Health System CEO, for HealthLeaders Media, March 4, 2011

Community-based health systems hold the greatest promise to transform America from a sick care system to a healthcare system.

As President Obama said in his State of the Union address, America does big things. In order to do big things, we must avoid inaction, for its consequences will undermine the goals of healthcare reform and set us back. We must press forward. This is not an option – it is an imperative.

Ongoing conversations on reform need to focus on providing the right care, at the right place, at the right time, at the right cost. Community-based health systems are key to ensuring this happens, as they are able to offer incentives for more efficient and effective care. For healthcare to truly get better, we need equal ownership by providers, payers and other stakeholders across the continuum of healthcare to enact meaningful reform for the patients and local communities.


Tom Strauss is President and CEO of Summa Health System in Akron, OH.

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4 comments on "Healthcare Reform: Why We Can't Turn Back"


j biemuller (3/8/2011 at 7:30 PM)
acos will never function. i have been in the medical field for twelve years with capitation and fee for service modules. 75% of providers will not accept a PQRI or a "salary" position. who will work evenings, weekends, nursing home etc? providers are suspect to any governement intrusions. 66,000 few pcps by 2015, try double this amount if insurance companies and government intefere

Scott (3/8/2011 at 2:12 PM)
HC does need reform, just not at the expense of the government claiming control of every aspect (they are historically re-known for their inefficiencies) of the industry and equally as bad bankrupting the country in the process. Find a way to reform Healthcare without using tax payer money and mandating laws that require taxpayers to pay for others. Make it more affordable by using technology is an example but only 1 of many options. It scares the bejesus out of me to think of a government run anything much less Healthcare.

Anne C (3/7/2011 at 3:20 PM)
A lot of people may not be amenable to the health care reform but the fact of the matter is that our health care system has issues that need to be addressed or improved. The current bill may not be perfect but it's a step forward. Something major can't be expected to be perfect overnight. But changes are made to improve it to benefit the majority of Americans. Anne C NY Health Insurer