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Opinion: High health care costs top concern at Tahoe Forest Health District

I was pleased to find an interview with the new CEO of Tahoe Forest Health District, Harry Weis, in the March 30, 2016, edition of the Sierra Sun.

I was hoping to learn how he was going to approach the many challenges facing the hospital. Unfortunately, I didn’t get much information from the interview. Aside from the usual platitudes, the main initiative seems to be “physician service line makeover.” I don’t really know what that means and I was hoping your reporter would have explained it.

I was more concerned that there was no mention of the problem of the high cost of service at the hospital. I believe this is the most pressing issue facing the community. It is the reason that many people travel down the hill for less expensive care. It is the reason that we all pay more for health insurance every month. It is the reason even Medicare patients have to pay two to six times the copayment amounts at TFH than at other hospitals.

I hope the new CEO understands this economic problem faced by the people in this community. This also poses a threat to the financial viability of the hospital, since TFH cannot keep raising prices as it is leading to a spiral of declining use.

I do hope the new CEO will address this issue.

Mark Spohr

Carnelian Bay

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