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Healthy outlook for hospitals

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Wednesday, April 07, 2010

While still not sure exactly how it will pan out, hospitals and doctors on the South Coast are looking forward to some of the benefits.

Bay Area Hospital CEO Paul Janke says his hospital will have more financial stability, while others say reform will encourage more doctors to practice in rural communities and allow more people to take care of their health.

'This is a great start for the children of Coos County," [Dr. Carla McKelvey, a pediatrician in Coos Bay], said Monday at a press conference at Bay Area Hospital.

U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., called for changes to Medicare reimbursement, demanding an adjustment if Democrats wanted his vote on health care reform. He noted Monday that his district has one of the higher rates of Medicare-eligible residents and yet it has the fifth lowest reimbursement rate.

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0 #1 How MISLEADING!Lisa 2010-04-07 12:11:10
Your headline is INCREDIBLY misleading. Healthy outlook for hospitals..are you KIDDING? You quote one doctor at a small hospital as speaking for the industry?

Realize that pediatricians already had SCHIP to help them out but many other doctors and facilities are facing more cuts, higher expenses, and burdensome regulations. I haven't heard a single doctor or hospital administrator say anything positive about the recent healthcare legislation. Just another nail in the coffin...maybe we should all go into the funeral business.
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