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Easley Announces Health-Care Initiative

Posted April 3, 2008

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— Gov. Mike Easley announced an initiative Thursday to improve health care and reduce its cost across the state.

A set of best-practice guidelines will work to standardize the level of care and insurance coverage for the five most chronic conditions: diabetes, asthma, hypertension, congestive heart failure and heart attack. Chronic diseases account for 80 percent of health-care spending.

“This is going to be a revolutionary approach to the delivery of health care in North Carolina,” Easley said. “We have worked with the top medical experts across the state, health insurers and physicians to design a health-care delivery system that fits the 21st century needs but also takes advantage of 21st century technology.”

The plan will develop and expand the availability of individuals trained to treat chronic diseases.

“This program has the potential to transform the delivery of health care in North Carolina,” said Chuck Willson, past president of the N.C. Medical Society. “This is the first time in America that doctors, insurance companies, hospitals and others have come together to implement a system to truly improve medical care.”

All of North Carolina’s major health insurance companies have agreed to support the program, Easley said.

“Having an evidence-based standard of care will mean every patient in North Carolina has the same opportunity for quality health care,” said Bob Greczyn, president of Blue Cross Blue Shield.

A program was also developed to monitor the plan's results.

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  • nodoginthisfight Apr 4, 2008

    I vote against the gutless wonders in my district every chance I get.(Insko,Kinniard)I'm tired of they're lock step ways, protecting this gov. at every turn. Maybe after the corruption in the last 8 years the citizens of this state will get a clue.

  • davidgnews Apr 3, 2008

    Sometimes there's a fine line between 'brainstorm' and 'flash flood.'

    Probably best if professionals handle it instead of politicians.

  • karyno Apr 3, 2008

    I agree with nodoginthisfight.

  • WHEEL Apr 3, 2008

    I hope his new system will be better than his mental health plan that blew away 400 or 500 MILLION dollars and didn't treat anyone.

  • grandmagail Apr 3, 2008

    "Easley is protected by a gutless group of spineless legislators"

    If they are so gutless and spineless, why don't you get up there and do something to change things instead of calling names.

    Who else has implemented a drug program to help the seniors afford their medicine to carry them over until the national drug program was set in place? This is only among other things that this administration has done for the people of NC. Name calling gets us nowhere.

  • MadBiker Apr 3, 2008

    How about getting the good citizens of NC to quit smoking??? I know its not politically correct, but it sure would reduce health care costs ( not to mention pain and suffering).

  • nodoginthisfight Apr 3, 2008

    Wonder how many e-mails he'll delete along the way or people will get fired over this like last time. This administration is so corrupt that no one can believe anything they say or do. It's a shame that Easley is protected by a gutless group of spineless legislators that have given him a free pass for over seven years.