New Sam Johnson legislation protects patients and hospitals by rekindling choice and reviving doctor-patient relationship

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Washington, March 21, 2011 | McCall Avery / Haley Creel ((202) 225-4201) | comments

To mark the one year anniversary of ObamaCare, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (3rd Dist.-Texas) announced his new legislation to protect patients and hospitals from government-controlled healthcare by giving patients more choices and more control and rekindling the vital doctor-patient relationship.


Johnson’s legislation, H.R. 1186, repeals the ban on the development and expansion of physician-owned hospitals – sometimes called specialty hospitals – going back to March 23, 2010.  Physician-owned hospitals improve the quality of life, the quality of care and the cost of care in 285 communities in 34 states.  As a result of the law’s restrictions aimed to stifle competition and force people into certain types of care, many physician-owned hospitals had to stop or do away with expansion plans, dramatically impacting patients and hospitals, especially in Texas.


According to the Texas Physicians Hospitals Advocacy Center, patients access quality care in roughly 80 physician-owned hospitals, which employ over 22,000 people and added $2.3 billion to the Texas economy.  Texas boasts the largest collection of physician-owned hospitals. 


With over two dozen facilities, the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) area has more physician-owned hospitals than any other region in the nation; these hospitals in the DFW area employ over 5,000 Texans, have over 4,765 credentialed physicians, and have over 575 beds.


The Third Congressional District is home to many award winning facilities:  Baylor Frisco Medical Center; Forest Park Medical Center – Dallas; The Hospital at Craig Ranch – McKinney;

Integra Rehab Hospital – Plano; Methodist McKinney Hospital; Texas Health Plano Presbyterian Center for Diagnostics & Surgery; Reliant Rehab – North Texas (Richardson); The Heart HOSPITAL Baylor Plano; and Vista Hospital of Dallas.


“Government-run healthcare jeopardizes the doctor-patient relationship on so many levels.  One example is how ObamaCare banned the expansion of hospitals where doctors, not bureaucrats, make key medical decisions.  My bill would abolish this absurd idea so patients can choose the doctor they want, the hospital they want, and the care that they want - from the medical experts whom they know and trust,” said Johnson, who serves on the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee.


“Doctors and nurses who practice in physician-owned hospitals usually boast the best credentials and the most experience in their field of medicine. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) released national data, which shows significantly better outcomes for patients at hospitals owned and operated by physicians, rather than those under the control of bureaucrats and corporations,” continued Johnson.


Throughout history physicians have driven innovation in healthcare.  Physician ownership and management of hospitals has a distinguished track record in the United States starting with some of the earliest hospitals, built and managed by renowned physicians, like the Mayo Brothers.


Physician-owned hospitals come in a variety of forms: children’s hospitals, traditional general care hospitals, hospitals specializing in and excelling in certain specialties, and joint ventures partnering with traditional non-profit hospitals. 


Over time physicians lost some of their leadership role to hospital administrators and corporate organizations who took control of hospitals – and care – to allegedly control costs.  The common thread that unites physician-owned hospitals is that doctors govern and control the decisions made.  As an added benefit, doctors can bypass bureaucracy and eliminate red tape often created by administrative red tape and corporate bottom lines.


“Texas physician hospitals are transforming health care by offering patients high quality and safe health care.  Congressman Johnson's bill will ensure that Texas patients continue having access to this innovative model,” said Bobby Hillert, Executive Director for the Texas Physician Hospitals Advocacy Center.


“Ask yourself this.  Would you rather have a doctor help you make medical decisions or would you rather have a hospital administrator tell you what you can or can’t do?  This is about returning freedom, choice, and free enterprise to the American healthcare system,” concluded Johnson, who supports defunding and repealing ObamaCare.


 Johnson represents portions of Dallas and Collin Counties.

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