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Health Care Reform Bill

In today’s Brazos Valley Physician’s Organization Journal of Medicine Report, we will be discussing the Health Care Reform Bill.

Well, as with any major legislation coming out of Washington, there are both good points and bad points to this legislation.

Some of the highlights are that the bill allows dependent children to stay on their parent’s health care coverage plan until age 26. The insurance companies will be prohibited from excluding patients with pre-existing conditions, which is a very important point. The insurance companies will also be regulated by the federal government as to how they price their products and how much the executives make in compensation. Also, the health care bill will provide assistance to those who otherwise would not be able to afford health care insurance.

But unfortunately, the bill does not cover a variety of topics.
Number one, it doesn’t cover costs, and with the national debt exceeding $12.5 trillion, how we fund this bill is really important, and will be a major topic of discussion going forward.

Subsequent legislation is also going to have to also address tort reform. It’s going to have to address the rising costs of medications, and the overall cost of health care in America.

The Brazos Valley Physician’s Organization is a group of independent physicians who are determined to preserve the choice and the sanctity of the patient-physician relationship. Our vision is that the patient always comes first.

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