By Tim Kowols
Wisconsin 8th District Rep. Mike Gallagher believes controlling costs is an important part of the conversation regarding a new health care bill. Among Rep. Gallagher’s stops in Door County earlier this week was at Door County Medical Center where the freshman congress member met with hospital officials on what is working and not working in the health care industry and the direction the discussion needs to go. While the tax credit structure and budget reconciliation process may have played a role in the American Health Care Act not going up for a vote last month, Rep. Gallagher says it is costs he hears the most about from constituents.
Transparency in pricing, rising drug costs, and hospital incentives for being innovative are just some of things Rep. Gallagher believes need to be addressed to bend the health care cost curve.
Picture Courtesy of Door County Medical Center
Pictured (L to R) Representative Mike Gallagher; Gerald Worrick, President/CEO of DCMC; Melody Hargis, Director, Inpatient Services; and Jody Boes, Vice President of Patient Care Administration. On April 12th, Rep. Mike Gallagher visited Door County Medical Center and the DCMC Dental Clinic to meet with senior leaders and learn about how DCMC invests in local programs to impact community health. Gallagher is seeking to understand the impact of health care reform on rural areas like Door County to inform his efforts as a newly-elected legislator. Pictured (L to R) Representative Mike Gallagher; Gerald Worrick, President/CEO of DCMC; Melody Hargis, Director, Inpatient Services; and Jody Boes, Vice President of Patient Care Administration.