Interview on Health Business Blog with State Treasurer Steve Grossman is eighth in a series of nine podcasts with candidates for Governor of Massachusetts conducted by healthcare business consultant David E. Williams, president of the Health Business Group
PRLog - Mar. 11, 2014 - BOSTON -- Massachusetts residents heading to the polls to cast their vote for the state’s next Governor can now visit the Health Business Blog at http://healthbusinessblog.com/2014/03/11/steve-grossman-candidate-for-governor-of-massachusetts-speaks-with-the-health-business-blog/ to listen to and read David E. Williams’ one-on-one interview with State Treasurer and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Steve Grossman.
Williams’ interview with Grossman, which is the eighth in a series that will feature each of Massachusetts’ nine gubernatorial candidates, covered a variety of important healthcare topics including: healthcare reform, cost containment, price disparities, health information technology, children's health, Hepatitis C, and more. Some of Grossman's remarks are excerpted below.
On the Massachusetts healthcare reform law:
-- “It’s a solid approach to curb the rising cost of healthcare. By limiting the growth of healthcare cost to the growth of the state economy, it gives a very achievable target”
-- “I have made it clear that single payer should be on the table and should be examined very, very carefully”
On the rationalization of state agencies:
-- "Oftentimes, we are harmed by a silo approach to problem-solving: different agencies maintaining their role, holding on to their role fiercely when more collegiality and collaboration would be an entirely appropriate approach.”
-- “If you want to utilize taxpayers’ funds wisely, you’ve got to think about how we can be fast, flexible and entrepreneurial in terms of the way we solve problems.”
On electronic medical records:
-- "State government should play a role and is playing a role. The fact is that the cost of implementing health information technology can drive smaller medical institutions into the arms of the larger ones. They simply can’t afford the health information technology that they must purchase or acquire in order to be competitive.”
On Hepatitis C:
-- "“State budgets have been cut in almost every area over the past five years. State funding for HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis have been cut dramatically, by nearly 40% over the past 10 to 15 years. It’s hurting us. We have to find a way to make additional investments in the health of our citizens, because we will get a return on investment in the long term, and because it’s the right thing to do.”
On children's health:
-- “I take a holistic approach to children’s health. It’s about their physical health, their mental health, and it’s about their education. I’m a big believer in universal pre-K, and all four year-olds having an opportunity to learn to read by the time they are in the third grade.”
Williams said, “I initiated this interview series to provide Massachusetts voters with an opportunity to hear Mr. Grossman and the other candidates provide detailed views on healthcare issues, which are so central to this state.”
A complete, no-cost podcast of the interview is available for immediate download from Williams’ award-winning Health Business Blog at http://healthbusinessblog.com/2014/03/11/steve-grossman-candidate-for-governor-of-massachusetts-speaks-with-the-health-business-blog/
A transcript is also available.
Interviews with Massachusetts other gubernatorial candidates are being uploaded to the blog this month.
For more information or media inquiries, contact David E. Williams via the Health Business Group (http://www.healthbusinessgroup.com/contact) or via Twitter (@HealthBizBlog).
About the Health Business Blog:
The Health Business Blog is an award-winning weblog written by David E. Williams, president of the Health Business Group, a health care business strategy consulting firm. The blog has published more than 3,500 posts and 100 podcast interviews since 2005. http://www.healthbusinessblog.com and @HealthBizBlog
About the Health Business Group:
Health Business Group is a leading strategy consulting firm advising companies, non-profits and investors in health care services, health information technology, and pharmaceutical services. Client service professionals average more than 15 years of health care consulting, industry and start-up experience. For more information visit http://www.healthbusinessgroup.com
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