Sam Johnson Reintroduces Bill to Increase Access to High Quality Health Care
Repeals Unfair Ban on Physician-Owned Hospitals
WASHINTGON, D.C. – Yesterday, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) introduced H.R. 1156, the Patient Access to Higher Quality Health Care Act of 2017. This bill would repeal Obamacare’s ban on new construction of physician-owned hospitals. It also repeals a part of Obamacare that in essence bans the ability of physician-owned hospitals to expand.
Physician-owned hospitals are frequently cited for their quality care. Over half the top 100 hospitals in the country are physician-owned. Additionally, seven out of 10 hospitals receiving Medicare award bonuses due to quality care are physician-owned.
“I’m sure all Americans can agree that everyone deserves access to quality, affordable health care,” said Johnson. “And I’m sure we also agree that competition in the marketplace is a good thing. Unfortunately, Obamacare has been picking winners and losers when it comes to health care – and American families are paying the price due to this lack of competition. Physician-owned hospitals are small in number, so there is plenty of room in the health care market. It makes no sense to prohibit good hospitals from serving their communities. This bill is about doing the right thing. Americans want, need, and deserve quality, affordable health care options.”