Healthy outlook for hospitals

South Coast hospitals and doctors look forward to health-reform benefits.

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While still not sure exactly how it will pan out, hospitals and doctors on the South Coast are looking forward to some of the benefits.

Bay Area Hospital CEO Paul Janke says his hospital will have more financial stability, while others say reform will encourage more doctors to practice in rural communities and allow more people to take care of their health.

‘This is a great start for the children of Coos County,” [Dr. Carla McKelvey, a pediatrician in Coos Bay], said Monday at a press conference at Bay Area Hospital.

U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., called for changes to Medicare reimbursement, demanding an adjustment if Democrats wanted his vote on health care reform. He noted Monday that his district has one of the higher rates of Medicare-eligible residents and yet it has the fifth lowest reimbursement rate.

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