This is a historic time for the American people as we anticipate the provision of health insurance coverage for many by 2014. Both the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590) and reconciliation package (H.R. 4872) are projected to extend health insurance coverage to about 32 million people, with estimates of 92% of all U.S. residents. It is reported that the Congressional Budget Office estimates the legislation will cost $940 billion over 10 years.
At McLeod, our focus continues to be on improving the health of northeastern South Carolina through prevention, treatment, advancements and service. Now that Congress has acted, our hope is that the discussion will turn to a renewed effort on improving health — to partner with people, employers and others to work on the reasons for higher health care costs. Specifically targeting concerns like obesity, smoking, exercise and nutrition, managing blood pressure and cholesterol, diabetes and the need for all to have a primary care physician.
Throughout the changes ahead, the mission of McLeod Health will be constant – - to care for patients with a continued commitment of excellence in providing services for our region’s health care needs.