|By David A. Farrell, Picayune Item, Miss.|
"Everyone is now talking about health care and the act will impact everyone," said Riser.
Highland Community Hospital Administrator
Riser said he is concerned most about quality of service falling further. "That is what we will have to work at," he said. "We once, when I first went into practice, were considered as having the best health care system in the world, but not anymore."
Additionally, Riser said that the health care act, which the
Riser said the patient who follows all the rules and takes care of himself will wind up paying the same amount as the one who does all the bad things and doesn't follow his doctor's requests. "There's no incentives for being a good patient," he said.
"The U.S. spends more money on health care than any other nation, and we as health care professionals have to stay focused on quality of care, real quality, and not just throw money at problems," said Riser.
Stockstill said on Friday that he is taking a "wait-and-see" attitude on how the new health care law will impact Highland, after the
The 5-4 decision meant that the law could pick up momentum as it approaches 2014 when it will take full effect. It will affect the way almost all Americans acquire health care.
"There are over 2,000 pages in the law," said Stockstill, "and that will result in thousands of new regulations, and I don't think anyone knows, right now, for sure what impact it will have."
Stockstill said he and his staff are waiting on information from the state hospital association that might help clarify how the act's approval by the
Stockstill said that he is concerned, especially, about the impact on the