Archive - Mar 15, 2011

Gov Malloy and Healthcare

I am at a conference, so I don’t have as much time to write about this as I would like, but I want to highlight two recent articles about Gov. Malloy’s meeting with hospital executives, CTNewsJunkie and CT Mirror.

"I want to say at the outset that I would trade my deficit for any one of yours today," Malloy told hospital executives and trustees at the Connecticut Hospital Association headquarters in Wallingford.

The CT Mirror article goes on to say

"I think there are hospitals represented in this room that need to rethink their relationships with community health centers," he said

As the social media manager for Community Health Center, Inc., I want to make two comments. First, I am speaking on my own behalf, and not on behalf of the health center.

That said, I think Gov. Malloy is on the mark on this. We need to stop spending so much time on arguing about which services should be cut or where new revenues should be sought, and focus more on increasing efficiency. To the extent that hospitals can encourage patients to establish a relationship with a primary care provider and get regular routine treatment at a health center, hospitals, health centers, and the government all benefit by people being healthier at less expense.

Update: During break, I spent time talking with a woman from St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport, CT about social media and health care in Connecticut. We're starting the sort of discussions Gov. Malloy recommends.

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