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Vander Plaats meets with Healthcare Committee

Released: 6/01/05

SIOUX CITY, IA - The Vander Plaats for Governor Healthcare Committee launched its efforts Friday, in Des Moines, to offer real solutions to the issues facing Iowa’s healthcare system. Chaired by Dr. Stuart Weinstein, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at The University of Iowa, the committee remained narrowly focused on maintaining the high quality of medical care Iowans are accustomed to, while ensuring affordable and accessible delivery of services for the future.

Among the topics of discussion were Iowa’s unfair Medicare reimbursements rates, the epidemic of frivolous lawsuits, physicians who are forced to deny services in order to manage costs, under-used medical facilities, and the risk of losing the brightest young doctors due to the high cost of practicing medicine in Iowa.

Not only do high costs affect the retention of superior doctors, but they also have an adverse effect on the doctor-patient relationship, stifling honest dialog and blurring the focus of giving and receiving quality treatment.

With his diverse leadership background, Vander Plaats is known for approaching challenges head-on, building on the good that already exists and casting an improved vision that is strategic and fresh. His approach to the challenges facing Iowa’s healthcare system will be no different. “Our doctors are first rate. We have countless state-of-the-art medical facilities serving Iowans with excellence. But it’s time to take a hard look at the big picture. The devastating long-term effects of frivolous lawsuits and statewide inefficiencies must not be ignored.”

Vander Plaats referred to Iowa’s Medicare reimbursement rates, handed down by U.S. legislators, as “unacceptable” and is advocating for more respectable rates. In addition to capping awards for non-economic damages, Vander Plaats believes that there would be profound benefit in developing a comprehensive plan for the delivery of healthcare in Iowa, providing a measurement for strategic decisions.

Each Vander Plaats for Governor Committee has been established with the expectation of results. The healthcare committee is not simply a list of names on paper, but actively engaged members of a team. The committee is continuing its research of the issues and plans to meet again in July to discuss the necessary steps to ensure quality, affordable, and accessible healthcare for every Iowan.

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