Patients are not the only ones frustrated with today's system...working to find solutions and not adding more turf battles..BD
American Hospital Association President and CEO Richard Umbdenstock on Monday in a speech to the Akron Regional Hospital Association and the Greater Akron Chamber said that the group will participate in the health care debate during the 2008 presidential campaign, the Akron Beacon Journal reports. AHA has sought opinions on proposals to address the issue of the uninsured and improve health care quality, Umbdenstock said. According to Umbdenstock, AHA supports proposals to expand health insurance to all U.S. residents and to mandate that health insurers cannot deny applicants because of pre-existing medical conditions. However, Umbdenstock "stayed away from discussing the concept of government-run universal health care" to avoid "alienating a certain segment of people from taking part in the AHA discussion," the Beacon Journal reports. He said, "What we're looking for are the best ideas, not turf battles."