Oregon: Transforming Healthcare
While this week’s scheduled vote on H.R. 2 has been postponed due to the tragedy in Arizona involving Congresswoman Giffords, the newly seated Congress is moving forward with efforts to repeal 2010 healthcare reform. Meanwhile, Oregon is looking to tackle healthcare reform in a different manner.
Elected to an unprecedented third-term, having previously served as Oregon’s governor from 1995-2003, John Kitzhaber has vowed to change the way healthcare is organized and delivered in Oregon.
Kitzhaber is no stranger to Oregon’s healthcare system as a politician, but he also has first-hand experience as an emergency room physician. He believes that this gives him a unique perspective in which to view policies and their applications.
Kitzhaber is looking to focus Oregon’s healthcare system on prevention and wellness. He has announced a new Health Policy issue manager and health care team and has charged them to recommend ways to implement a new efficient and effective system.
“Oregon business leaders are watching the new Oregon Health Care Authority closely,” said Jason Brandt, Chief Operations Officer of the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce. “Although the intentions are good, the new health care authority has the potential to be extremely costly to employers and counterproductive to the goal of creating more job opportunities for Oregonians.”
To read more: Kitzhaber’s interview with Stateline.org