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AUG 2019

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92 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 8.19 FEARS: "Repeal of the Affordable Care Act." "Hospital systems will continue to move their services away from the downtown area and neglect certain at-risk populations." "Uninsured people will wait until 'really sick' to seek any care." "I fear profit has become the driving force in how health care is delivered." "Mergers and acquisitions that diminish competition and give Louisvillians fewer options in the grand scheme." "Decline in physicians opting for outpatient medicine due to decreased reimbursement." "Government mandates, bureaucracy, insurance industry inequities will squeeze doctors like me out of practice and/or into early retirement." "Over prescription of narcotics." "The impact of the opioid crisis." "Fewer primary care physicians." "The consolidation of health care into a one single health care system without choice." "With the uncertain future of Jewish Hospital, I would hate to lose transplant surgery and all the valuable services that are provided at Jewish Hospital." "That Jewish Hospital will not find a buyer and will close. This will create waves of disaster throughout the community, among patients, staff, providers, medical students and other trainees." "That ongoing access to care disparities will continue to worsen with changes to Kentucky Medicaid and the looming insolvency of Passport." "Losing Passport would be a disaster." "Lack of investment in pediatric care, subspecialties and facilities is driving patients to go elsewhere for care. We are also the city with the greatest gender pay gap (40 percent) per a recent Doximity survey." "Continuing exodus of medical doctors due to flat or decreasing reimbursements compared to other states." "100-percent population coverage." "Affordable quality health care available for everyone." "Face the problem of enhancing access while controlling costs in all of medicine." "I hope for tort reform and a single-payer system run by physicians." "That physicians and patients would be allowed to direct medical care instead of care being dictated by the insurance companies and other third parties." "People keep getting sicker despite the great amount of money spent in health care. Changing the community mindset to prevention by addressing the social determinants of health in our city is my biggest hope." "That it becomes more coordinated, less competitive and redundant." "I would like to see all the hospitals and health care organizations in Louisville work in a more collaborative effort to provide the best health care possible to the city of Louisville." "My biggest hope about health care in Louisville is that patient information access platforms are created across all health insurances that allow appropriate health care professionals to review all data sets (lab, imaging, etc.) from one secure location." "More independent medical practices." "Increase the equity of care across ALL zip codes." "To expand more offices into the West End and to provide compassionate, quality care to patients near their homes." HOPES:

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