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AUG 2019

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LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 8.19 91 We asked the 2,424 active members of the Greater Louisville Medical Society for their thoughts on the state of health care in the city. Many of the 130 respondents shared certain concerns: that access to health care could diminish, that Jewish Hospital might close — ending services like transplant surgery and reducing access to care — and that the modern health care industry is putting profit over people and limiting the role of physicians. They mentioned affordability, the need for more cooperation between hospital systems, and the opioid crisis. The most common hope was that coverage and access will expand to cover most or all Louisvillians. But there was some disagreement about how to get there. One respondent wanted "a single-payer system run by physicians." Others feared the effects of existing and future government mandates. One simply wrote: "Making patients the priority." We've included some of their comments — hopes, fears and perceived misunderstandings about health care — on the following pages.

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