More than 150 experts on primary and specialty health care delivery, hospitals health care education and patient advocacy are meeting at the University of Nebraska Medical Center to discuss the future of health care in the state. The group is discussing a legislative resolution (LR22) that seeks to transform Nebraska’s health care system by bringing together a large group of stakeholders that will work together with a goal of controlling health care costs and improving quality.
Lincoln State Senator Kathy Campbell is co-sponsor of the bill and says, “You cannot build a future unless you get to the buy of people from the people across the state and we’re starting right from the beginning to have those stakeholders with us.”
Those stakeholders include representatives from state and local government, public and private insurers, health care delivery organizations, health educators, employers, consumer groups and patients.
They are addressing a variety of issues facing Nebraska and they include:
– 91 of Nebraska’s 93 counties have a shortage of mental health providers.
– By 2014 Nebraska will have a shortage of approximately 300 primary care physicians.
– 48 Nebraska counties are designated as general dentistry shortage areas and 20 counties do not have a dentist.